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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.

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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 only has eyes for the beautiful Olivia. 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.

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Cast

Vinnie Jones
as Coach Dinklage
David Cross
as Principal Gold
James Snyder
as Malcolm
James N. Kirk
as Sebastian Hastings
Robert Torti
as Coach Pistonek
Lynda Boyd
as Cheryl
Colby Wilson
as Potensky
Brenda McDonald
as Old Lady in Beauty Parlor
Patricia Idlette
as Science Teacher
Ken Kirby
as Announcer
Alberto Ghisi
as 9 Year Old Boy
Mark Acheson
as Groundskeeper
Deejay Jackson
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for She's the Man

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

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

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

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 | Rating: 1/4
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Mere words cannot convey how awful Bynes is at playing a girl playing a boy.

March 20, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

She's the Man has a certain charm and is sure to appeal to tweens, at least the female variety.

March 17, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

More often than not it's the slapstick elements, predictably occasioned by gender confusion, that get the laughs.

March 17, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for She's the Man

½

Not perfect, but cute and typical of Amanda Byne's teen chick flicks. Always liked her acting and was sad she went off the rails. Good message for girls pursuing their dreams too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Wow, this is like the most feminist movie I've seen in a long time, and it came out a decade ago! Based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Viola disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian in order to play soccer at a rival school because her old school won't let her try out for the boys' soccer team after they cut the girls' team. The character updates are really quite clever, like with Malvolio being terrible Malcom's tarantula, Sebastian skipping school to chase his true bliss at a music festival, and the battle of the sexes plot is nicely balanced with transgressions and redemptions on all sides. Amanda Bynes's "boy" mannerisms and 2000-era Justin Bieber wig are ridiculously bad, but she is still a committed physical comedienne. Lauren Ramsey as heartbroken Olivia is an earnest girl-next-door with bite, and I even found Channing all-over-your Tatum to be pretty sweet.

Alice Shen
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