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She's the Man (2006)

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43

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 62

Shakespeare's wit gets lost in translation with She's the Man's broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and unconvincing plotline.

45

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

Shakespeare's wit gets lost in translation with She's the Man's broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and unconvincing plotline.

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It's hard enough being the nerdy new guy on campus without also being the new girl on campus, who has fallen for the coolest guy on campus. Viola Johnson had her own good reasons for disguising herself as her twin brother Sebastian and enrolling in his place at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. She was counting on Sebastian being AWOL from school, while he tried to break into the music scene in London. What she didn't count on was falling in love with her hot roommate, Duke, who in turn

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Comedy, Romance

Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kristen Smith

Jul 18, 2006

$33.7M

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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (62) | DVD (19)

A comedy that lacks both the verbal sophistication of its source and the sexual sophistication of its target audience.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There I sit, suffering total numbness of body and brain, no longer having to wonder what it might be like to be buried alive in gooey marshmallow.

March 21, 2006 | Comment (1)
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Mere words cannot convey how awful Bynes is at playing a girl playing a boy.

March 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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As was proven with 10 Things I Hate about You, it is possible to re-imagine the Bard in a modern high school setting, but She's the Man doesn't do it well.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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She's the Man has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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More often than not it's the slapstick elements, predictably occasioned by gender confusion, that get the laughs.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Fails to make the most of its source material by trimming Shakespeare's plot and squeezing it into a vacuous high school comedy.

July 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

She's the Man arrives with much ado about something: a seasoned concept and qualified birthright that supports its traditionalism and rests upon its potential.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Anything resembling real wit or charm is strictly A.W.O.L.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...there are certainly more than enough elements within the film to warrant a mild recommendation among older viewers...

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

watching it helps you realize that you're not 12 anymore, and you can't be watching movies like this. Unless, of course, you're still 12, so you'll probably be cheering for Amanda Bynes

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The utter absence of humor, charm, originality, or intelligence leaves this to rank among the worst of all recent teen comedies.

July 18, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The movie is noisy, obnoxious and wildly overacted, as if Fickman planned it to play only on a Sony PSP.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Byrnes is an absolute delight...it kicks goals

April 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Brag Magazine
Brag Magazine

She's the Man is cleverer than the average teen movie, but it gets so wrapped up in plot mechanics that it loses the characters

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Bynes tackles her part with gusto, while Tatum underplays his to striking effect.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

I can't wait to see Lindsay Lohan do a version of Hamlet.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A minor but decent-spirited entertainment, enlivened by a couple of the adult supporting players.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The high school hijinks may entertain the young, but those more familiar with the Bard will recognise this as a wasted opportunity.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Amanda Bynes is an extremely likeable actress and she does a pretty good job of passing as a boy, though she's a little over-reliant on comedy mugging at times.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Implausible as she is, her voice-changing, artificial guy-speak, and penchant for causing fights makes the whole film fun and watchable.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Its kooky hybrid of slapstick gender jokes already had whiskers on 'em in Shakespeare's day.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Bynes's character is never convincing enough to fool a newborn.

March 31, 2006

Up until the last 10 minutes or so, I hated everything about this movie.

March 31, 2006 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

One of the charms of this romantic teen comedy is its speed: even its sex change is a remarkably carefree, no-fuss event.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for She's the Man

Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Robert Joffman, James Kirk, Julie Hagerty, David Cross, Vinnie Jones

DIRECTED BY: Andy Fickman

Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) had her own good reasons for disguising herself as her twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk) and enrolling in his place at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. She was counting on Sebastian being AWOL from school as he tried to break into the music scene in London. What she didn't count on was falling in love with her hot roommate, Duke (Channing Tatum), who in turn only has eyes for the beautiful Olivia (Laura Ramsey). Making matters worse, Olivia is starting to fall for Sebastian, who--for reasons Olivia couldn't begin to guess--appears to be the sensitive type of guy she'd always dreamed of meeting. If things weren't complicated enough, the real Sebastian has come back from London two days earlier than expected and arrives on campus having no clue that he's been replaced...by his own twin sister.

Didn't expect to like this flick much, but I did. Mainly because it really brings the laughs. Any movie that can make you laugh through out it is good to me. Amanda Bynes is a really funny gal and it really shows in this movie. Some things were a bit cheesey, but it's a no brainer that things will be in films like this. But all in all a good little funny film. Good watch..
October 15, 2012
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For a family comedy, 'She's The Man' isn't too bad, but for an adaptation of William Shakespeare, this is very poor.

Based on one of Shakespeare's best plays, 'Twelfth Night', Amanda Bynes plays the football, not soccer, but football loving girl Viola Hastings who disguises her as her brother in order to continue to play the game at a different school. It's not exactly Shakespeare, and the words 'based on' are used in their loosest terms, with only the bare components used.

With some impressive cast choices, including Vinnie Jones and David Cross, the writers wreck some of the most important characters, such as turning Malvolio into a spider and a boy named Malcolm. However, Amanda Bynes gives a lovely, sweet performance in a comedic style perfect for the genre. Channing Tatum meanwhile plays his character somewhere between a grunting teenager and a shy toddler. What he or the director were actually trying to achieve is a question I will never know the answer to, but his performance isn't a patch on the rest of the cast.

Nothing else stands out. Style and substance is rare, whilst gags and funny facial expressions are common. It's funny in parts, others not so. But what it fails most at is the complete rejection of the use of any Shakespeare's own comedy. 'Twelfth Night' is a comedy filled with funny moments, excellent set ups and great deliveries. Instead, 'She's The Man' opts for cheap, old gags.

And in the end, it is a high school teen comedy, made for teens. It doesn't try to be anything it's not and doesn't shy from some more interesting gags than the average flick of this type. The screenplay and direction will never go down in history as a great example of making a high school comedy, but it is a decent one in the genre anyway. Outside that target audience though, 'She's The Man' is best avoided.
August 11, 2012
Adam Kelly

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She's the Man is a fairly decent comedy with a good cast. For what it is, She's the Man is a good little family oriented comedy that though not perfect is a pretty decent, entertaining film that has quite a few good laughs. I'm surprised I quite enjoyed this film, and I thought that Vinnie Jones was pretty good here. The films plot could have been improved a bit, but for the most part, it's mindless fun that is hard not to like. Like I said, this film is not perfect, but manages to be a good hearted comedy. I thought I was going to hate this film, but I enjoyed it somewhat. There is definite room for improvement, but it does succeed at making you laugh. Don't expect a great comedy with this one, expect something mildly entertaining and funny, and you're most likely not going to be disappointed. She's the Man is funny, never anything hilarious, but it does make you smile. This is a fairly entertaining film for what it is, but is never really anything memorable. She's the Man is the type of film worth watching at least once. The cast is enjoyable and they manage to give decent performances. She's the Man is definitely not a great comedy, but it does manage to entertain. She's the Man was better than I thought it was going to be and it caught me by surprise. Not a great comedy, but good considering all the crappy comedies that come out.
December 12, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Amanda Bynes is sexy, but this movie isn't.
August 9, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Duke: Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
    – Submitted by Laura G (11 months ago)
    1. Viola Hastings: What are you talking about? Why are you lying?
    2. Justin: Viola! End of discussion!
    3. Viola Hastings: Fine, end of relationship.
    – Submitted by Hoang-An D (17 months ago)
    1. Toby: I need your advice, man. I got lady troubles.
    2. Viola Hastings: I'm here for you bro. Got a lifetime of knowledge.
    – Submitted by Hoang-An D (17 months ago)
    1. Toby: She's got a little something something.
    2. Andrew: Yeah, asthma and headgear.
    – Submitted by Hoang-An D (17 months ago)
    1. Viola Hastings: No man, if you wanna kiss her, you go right ahead and you kiss her! I mean, knock yourself out! You just take her, then kiss her. Then kiss the crap out of her!
    2. Duke: Okay.
    – Submitted by Hoang-An D (17 months ago)
    1. Olivia: Beware of the old guy chewing gum. It's not gum.
    – Submitted by Hoang-An D (17 months ago)
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