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    Fun AND Faith-Based: Brand New Movie Switched Has It All

    “I want to be Katie Sharp,” Cassandra Evans tells her mom. And so begins the brand new movie, Switched a must-see faith-based film that releases today.
     
    Even though she’s incredibly smart, Cassandra Evans is awkward, insecure, and dying to be like the popular kids. And the queen bee who rules over them all is Katie Sharp, the most popular girl in school.
     
    In a Freaky Friday-esque twist of fates, Katie and Cassandra end up switching places and chaos ensues. Switched includes lots of big laughs and heartwarming moments. And the storyline centers around an important message on bullying and being kind.
     
     
    Nicole Weider, the founder of Project Inspired, served as an executive producer on the film, and also has a small role as a magazine editor. She recently sat down with Crosswalk.com to share why the message of this film is so close to her heart.
     
    Weider experienced bullying in high school, much like the popular film Mean Girls. Switched is based around a similar theme, but with a faith-centered message. She says it’s a “message that young women” need to hear – that “they’re not alone.”
     
    “The world wants us to look a certain way and dress a certain way,” Weider said. Katie Sharp has all the things the world says you need to be happy. She’s from a wealthy family. She has 4 million social media followers. But Weider says, “She’s living an empty life and she’s miserable about it.”
     
    In the film, the switch ends up causing a transformation in the hearts of both girls. Switched is a reminder of an important biblical message. In the Bible, Jesus tells believers to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). He also commands his followers to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-48).
     
    Cliques, popularity and physical beauty aren’t actually important. And if we all took the time to look at life from someone else’s perspective, bullying wouldn’t exist.
     
    When asked in the interview with Crosswalk about her hopes for the film, Weider says, “I want young people to walk away knowing not to judge people on the outside. Be compassionate to kids who may be picked on. Be kind. Everyone is facing their own battle internally and you never know what someone is going through.”
     
    If you’re looking for a movie to watch this fall that will make you laugh and challenge you to become more like Christ, Switched is it.
     
    Switched releases on digital and VOD platforms Sept. 4 and DVD Oct. 6.
    Abby Flynn
    Abby Flynnhttp://abbyflynn.com
    Abby Flynn is a wife, mom of two, and a freelance writer who is all about writing on the intersection of faith and culture. Abby and her family currently reside in Charlotte, NC. You can find her on Instagram at @abbycflynn.

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