With Joseph McGinty Nichol at the base, Family Switch is a comedy film that circles the Walker family and misadventures that happen around the Christmas season, it makes their bond stronger, but before it tests them all.
Fed up with their internal conflicts, Bill and Jess decide to take Miles, OC, and Wyatt, their kids for a vacation in hopes of making things light among them and making happy memories along the way. But as their journey starts, things begin to go sideways.
The father-son and mother-daughter duo starts to utter some version of I wish you could be me to one another, at that moment an astrologer takes a photograph of them.
Be careful what we wish for is the saying that perfectly fits the whole vibe of this movie. Each of their wish comes true as they are exposed to a cosmic event which results in each of their bodies getting exchanged with one another.
Bill is Wyatt, Jess in OC, and Miles is the family dog, Pickle. The family is unaware and doesn’t know how to undo this mess, they go back to their days in each other bodies, and chaos is about to begin.
Netflix produced The Body Switch was filmed in many different locations, like Walker’s residence and observatory, making the audience think what are the filming locations of the movie.
Filming locations of the movie
The movie was shot in Western US, California, across Los Angeles County. As per the reports, the principal photography of the movie began in early December 2022, back then the title was Family Leave.
The project also got a tax grant from the California Film Commission. The filming continued for the next three months and was completed in March 2023.
In this article, we’re going to take a look through all the sites and locations where this fantastical movie takes place.
Los Angeles County, California
All the major scenes of the movie were filmed across Los Angeles, located in Southern California. The exterior property of 2177 West Oak Drive was the residence home for the Walkers, which is situated in Los Angeles.
The family goes to a space observatory where that photo was clicked, which was the reason behind the body swap. These scenes were mostly filmed around a real observatory located at 2800 East Observatory Road, Griffith Observatory in LA.
The crew members and the cast made the most of the outdoor setup of the observation to film crucial scenes, with three domes in the background.
A few important scenes with Emma Myer’s characters on the football ground were filmed inside BMO Stadium, previously the stadium was known as Banc of California Stadium located at 3939 South Figueroa Street, LA.
It is the home stadium of Los Angeles FC from the Major League and Angel City of the National Women’s Soccer League, the stadium was first opened in 2018 April and became the first open-air stadium in LA after Dodger Stadium.
The School Scene
The city of El Segundo was also used to film the movie scenes. Especially, the high school scenes involved the scenes of Brady Noon were filmed around El Segundo High School situated at 640 Main Street in El Segundo.
The classroom, corridors, and other areas of the school can be seen in the comedy movie. This addition of school scenes brings a much-needed fun element in the movie, an adult in a kid’s body roaming in school is exciting and funny.
The Improvised Slap Scene
In an interview with ET Online, Ed Helms, who plays the character of Bill, said that Jennifer Garner’s slap was not a part of the script.
He said that they both discussed it before the scene, and he told Jennifer that he didn’t like being slapped, in a good mood.
They got an authentic reaction on the video, so they did not go for a second take, fortunate for Helms.
It is also possible that some scenes were shot in LA County, like Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Studies, and Universal Studios.