She's the Man (2006)

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual material.)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Kristen Smith, Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 18, 2006
Box Office: $33.7M
Runtime:
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site

Cast


as Coach Dinklage

as Daphne

as Principal Gold

as Malcolm

as Sebastian Hastings

as Eunice

as Coach Pistonek

as Cheryl

as Potensky

as Old Lady in Beauty P...

as Science Teacher

as Announcer

as 9 Year Old Boy

as Groundskeeper

as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for She's the Man

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fails to make the most of its source material by trimming Shakespeare's plot and squeezing it into a vacuous high school comedy.

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | November 22, 2006
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

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
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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..

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½

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.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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.

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Alex roy

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