She's the Man

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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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  • Mar 30, 2017
    A tween movie about chasing your dreams and your love interest - its as old as Hollywood itself, and the only update is the cast. It's not offensive and that's something.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2016
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    A hilarious, great teen comedy film with a witty performance from Amanda Bynes. I loved the movie mostly cause when Amanda Bynes is playing a guy...its just hilarious how she does it, I couldn't help myself but to laugh a lot. The cast is good too, and does it have slapstick in it? yes, but its good slapstick, and I enjoyed it for what it is. So Amanda Bynes fans wont be disappointed, even if your not a fan, you'll still like it..if your a teen who likes these kinds of films. And I was actually shocked that this was a Shakespeare adaptation, so if it is different, I really don't care, I still enjoyed it.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2012
    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 K Super Reviewer

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