She's the Man Reviews
The key to what works in the film is the relationship between Amanda Bynes and her roommate/love interest Channing Tatum. The two have good chemistry and they elevate this material some of the predictable jokes and lame setups. The film adapts Shakespeare's work pretty loosely without forcing in references to the original material so it doesn't feel like a cheap knockoff, but there's some really inexplicable decisions that were made in the story and it's these strange choices that weaken the film. For the convenience of the confusion-related comedy moments for example, Viola wears a wig as her disguise instead of simply cutting her hair, a decision that makes no sense on her behalf. It's by no means a great film, but it's fun to watch the plot unfold so it's hard not to pop it in your Dvd player without cracking a smile. (Dvd, October 10, 2012)
And the story was amazing as well. Girls definitely got perks. They are no longer the stand-there-looking-pretty-type of people anymore - especially not the Mulan-esque combat-type girls like her. When the girls say they can wield swords, you give 'em swords and let results do all the talks!
Amanda Bynes gives a crazy-committed performance that alternates between genuinely hilarious and cartoonishly out-of-step with her surroundings. Nobody in the film ever quite matches the wild tone she establishes (although David Cross--hysterical, but underused-- is the closest). Any version of "Twelfth Night" that can't make Malvolio or Olivia funny is a tragedy in my eyes (and not the good kind), although I did enjoy the supporting turns from Vinnie Jones and Julie Hagerty.
Surprisingly, the best part of the film is how the central romance with Duke (A clearly inexperienced but perfectly affable Channing Tatum) subverts expectations and actually holds Viola (and the script) accountable for the casual sexism exhibited by the characters. While I don't really buy into the supposed depth of Duke and Viola's connection ("I love you." Uh-huh.), the way he challenges "Sebastian" on the way he treats women is quite touching and clever and brings some nice subtext to an otherwise standard teen rom-com.