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Sydney White's message of embracing all kinds of people and not quaking in fear of the elite and popular is a sound one, but each twist and turn is so telegraphed and expected that the story feels wan and the comedy feeble.
Part fairy tale, part college comedy, totally unoriginal and a tad offensive, Sydney White stars Amanda Bynes as a new student who starts a rebellion against the school's oppressive Greek establishment.
On television, Amanda Bynes' tendency toward slapstick can come across as sitcom-cute. Blown up on the big screen, it's the equivalent of a hammer hitting you over the head. For 90 minutes. In surround sound.
This is not your middle-schooler's Amanda Bynes. While her female fans will appreciate that 21-year-old Bynes is growing up with them, maybe her next movie will stretch beyond the fractured fairy tale.
While the film's premise is shamelessly hokey and Joe Nussbaum's direction is at best pedestrian, props are due the young cast, especially Bynes, whose can-do optimism seems genuine if ultimately overdone.