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The Swap is a 2016 American television teen film that premiered on Disney Channel as a part of the network s annual Monstober event on October 7, 2016. The film is based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Megan Shull and is written by Charlie Shahnaian and Shari Simpson and directed by Jay Karas. The movie stars Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand.


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High school sophomores Jack Malloy and Ellie O’Brien are both going through hard times. Jack s mother has recently died, leaving him with his roughhousing older brothers and cold, seemingly heartless dad, who puts pressure on his sons to be macho men, all fighting, no crying. Ellie s own dad has walked out on her and her “helicopter” mom, and her best friend since kindergarten, Sassy, has started ignoring her in favor of the more feminine yet nastier new girl, Aspen. Both have big sports events coming up over the weekend. Jack is trying out for the varsity hockey team, but has to deal with the bullying Porter who has always lost the last spot on varsity to one of Jack s brothers. Ellie s rhythmic gymnastics team has to win big at the upcoming tournament, eke budgets cuts at school will have them demoted from “team” to “club”.

On Friday, they both end up in the nurse s office, after Jack is hurt in a scuffle with Porter, and Ellie starts crying after hearing Aspen say mean things about her to Sassy behind her back. They start fighting, with Ellie saying boys have it better than girls without having to deal with friend drama, and Jack saying girls have it easier because they can be as emotional as they want. The tired nurse gets them to continue their fighting via text, and they text each other saying how they wished they had each other s lives. Suddenly, magic lightning strikes and knocks them out, and when they get up, they realize they swapped bodies. Ellie remembers something her mom said about how “investing too much emotional energy into an object gives it power over you.” In this case, their respective cell phones, which they cherished because each had once belonged to their now absent parent, had the power to grant their texted wish. After failing to swap back, they decide to look for a book belonging to Ellie s mom to reverse the spell. But they find out their time is limited when it s revealed that Ellie s dad will be canceling their family phone plan, effective on Sunday.


  • Peyton List as Ellie O Brien
  • Jacob Bertrand as Jack Malloy
  • Darrin Rose as Coach Malloy
  • Claire Rankin as Summer
  • Callan Potter as Gunner
  • Jesse Bostick as Stryker
  • Eliana Jones as Aspen Bishop
  • Kiana Madeira as Sassy Gaines
  • Kolton Stewart as Owen
  • James Godfrey as Porter Gibbs
  • Devyn Nekoda as Mackenzie Wick
  • Naomi Snieckus as Coach Carol
  • Linda Kash as Nurse Helen
  • Naya Liviah as Claire
  • Michael Fessaha as Ryan
  • Marcia Johnson as Dr. Baker
  • Valerie Descheneaux as Stylist
  • Danny Smith as Clerk
  • Mark Hickox as Badminton Coach


During its premiere in the 8:00 PM time slot, The Swap attracted a total of 2.64 million viewers with a 0.48 rating for people aged 18–49.

Year 2016
ReleaseDate 2016-10-07
RuntimeMins 100
RuntimeStr 1h 40min
Plot Ellie O’Brien is trying to juggle rhythmic gymnastics and troubles with her best friend. Meanwhile, classmate Jack Malloy is struggling to live up to his brothers’ hockey-star legacies and dad’s high expectations and tough-love ap…
Awards Awards, 3 nominations
Directors Jay Karas
Writers Charlie Shahnaian, Shari Simpson
Stars Peyton List, Jacob Bertrand, Claire Rankin
Produced by Gaylyn Fraiche,Nicholas Hirst,Sean McNamara,Ric Nish,Robyn Snyder,Fernando Szew,Kim Todd
Music by Kenneth Burgomaster
Cinematography by David A. Makin
Film Editing by Duncan Christie
Costume Design by Patrick Antosh
Makeup Department Joanne Bujouves,Carmela Dos Santos,Jessica Fulmer,Pamela Mills
Production Management Doug Gowans,Adam Roberts
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Yari Azzopardi,Avrel Fisher,Nikki Sandler
Art Department Pearlamina Cheung,Rosalie Mackintosh,Mayo Ueda,Mike White
Sound Department Ofer Geva,Alastair Gray,Frank Morrone,Mark Shnuriwsky,Virginia Storey,David Yonson
Special Effects by David Antonacci,Jared Campbell,Derek Liscoumb,Michele Sloss
Visual Effects by Michael J. Eves,Hardave Grewal
Stunts Neil Davison,Christopher Di Meo,Tom Farr,Justin Howell,Dana Jones,Aj Risi
Camera and Electrical Department Johnny Askwith,Peter Bowman,Gilles Corbeil,Sean Foley,Marc Forand,Jay Gillespie,Alisha MacDonald,Joe Micomonaco,Paolo Perin,Chirayouth Jim Saysana
Casting Department Lara McMahon,Jane Rogers,Brendan Wilcocks
Costume and Wardrobe Department Anna-Claude Biron,Minda Johnson,Jasmine Kordic,Crystal Silden,Amanda Wood
Editorial Department Angela Jekums
Location Management Andrew Furlong,Malcolm McCulloch
Music Department Drew DeAscentis
Script and Continuity Department Marika Latorcai,Lori Roussell
Additional Crew Matt Bradley,James Dalton,Mark Debono,Kevin Drysdale,Andrea Eisen,Lianne Gluck,Crystal Holt,Sat Sidhu,Angelica Stirpe,E. Christine Withrow
Genres Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Companies Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment, Canada Film Capital, MarVista Entertainment
Countries USA
Languages English
ContentRating TV-G
ImDbRating 6
ImDbRatingVotes 2125
Keywords body switching,ice hockey,gymnast,hockey player,body swap comedy