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.