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She's the Man (PG-13)

Release Date: March 17th, 2006 by Dreamworks Pictures.
The Cast: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, David Cross, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hoffman, James Kirk.
Directed by Andy Fickman.

BASIC PREMISE: While her high school coach refuses to let her join the male soccer team, Viola (Bynes) disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian (Kirk) and plays for his prep schoolís soccer team.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Your enjoyment of Sheís the Man depends on how much you can stand Amanda Bynes. Whether as Viola or Sebastian, Bynes tries too hard to be funny and ends up being too goofy. Julie Hagerty plays her oblivious, dim-witted mother who goes through a divorce. Somehow, her older brother Sebastian manages to ditch school to promote with his band in London. Soon enough, Viola gets a complete make-over to disguise herself as him and join his soccer team. Of course, itís not as simple as she thought it would be when she falls in love with Sebastianís sensitive and hunky roommate Duke (Tatum). However, Duke has his eye on another girl, Olivia (Ramsey). Will Violaís disguise work flawlessly? Will Duke want to date her? The answer to these questions should be obvious, but the real question is whether or not Sheís the Man works as a comedy when it tries to be one. Most of the humor comes from slapstick, juvenile jokes, but every once in a while, the screenplay has a truly funny line. Other times, the script is simply all over the place with too many subplots and forced attempts to make you laugh. On a positive note, the film moves along at a fast, energetic pace, so itís all pretty harmless by the end.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: Lots of juvenile, forced humor and Bynes constantly acting goofy makes for a mildly enjoyable, instantly forgettable film. Strictly for big fans of Amanda Bynes.


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