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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PG-13 (for some sexual material.)
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Comedy , Romance
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Cast

Laura Ramsey
as Olivia
Vinnie Jones
as Coach Dinklage
Julie Hagerty
as Daphne
David Cross
as Principal Gold
Jessica Lucas
as Yvonne
James Snyder
as Malcolm
James N. Kirk
as Sebastian Hastings
Emily Perkins
as Eunice
Robert Torti
as Coach Pistonek
Lynda Boyd
as Cheryl
Colby Wilson
as Potensky
Jeff Ballard
as Donner
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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

March 20, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
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Full Review… | March 17, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
ReelViews
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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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

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