She's The Man
She's The Man
Review By: Staff
She’s The Man
This isn’t just another Amanda Bynes movie it’s also another Shakespeare movie. She’s the Man is actually based
on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Twelfth Night isn’t exactly Shakespeare’s most famous play though, so a lot of you may not be familiar with the plot. One way to
sum up the play and the movie is by looking at the tagline that went with this film. “Everybody has a secret… Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who
is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique so she hates Olivia who’s with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who’s crushing on
Duke who thinks she’s a guy.”
Okay, that tagline is a bit much so let me break it down a bit for you. Before I jump into those connections a little groundwork will also
help you understand this all over the place story, which actually works pretty well. Viola (Bynes) is a tomboy who loves to play soccer, but when her school decides to cut the women’s team and not let her play for
the men’s she needs a plan. Her plan is to impersonate her twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk), who is away for 2 weeks. The idea is that by the time he gets back she’ll have joined the men’s team under his name and proved she can play with the guys.
Now as if that wasn’t crazy enough, here comes that tagline
explanation. Viola, who is impersonating Sebastian hates Sebastian’s real girlfriend Monique (Alex Breckenridge). Now Monique hates Olivia (Laura Ramsey) because Olivia has a crush on Sebastian (who is
really Viola). Olivia however, is making Sebastian (Viola) jealous with Duke
(Channing Tatum) who likes her. And of course Viola has fallen for
Duke throughout this whole process. So there you have it,
Night love triangle.
The movie sounds really confusing, but when watching all the events unfold it’s pretty easy to follow. However, it’s not very realistic at all, since it’s hard to believe that Bynes could pass for her
brother, since she makes a pretty scrawny high school guy. Going into this
movie with an open mind though can make it quite an enjoyable experience.
The best quality to this film is the acting and chemistry seen on the screen. Director, Andy Fickman, held many cast events prior to shooting the film as a way for the cast to develop real bonds with one
another and it definitely paid off.
Oh and for all those people out there who fear that this movie is just a “chick flick”, you’re wrong. The movie does have qalities of a “chick flick,” but is really just a great comedy. I mean comedy doesn’t get much better than the weird quirkiness of David Gross, who plays the school principle.
The special features on this DVD were also pretty good. The
features include a lot of detail
found interesting. However my favorite extra feature was the one on the
connection between the movie and Shakespeare, which points out all the
subtle spots in the movie which tribute Twelfth Night.
Well there you have it, this is a pretty solid DVD that delivers
what’s expected of it. If you’re a fan of Bynes, Twelfth
Night, or even just comedy this is a movie that shouldn’t disappoint.
Movie Grade: B
Special Features Grade: B+
Overall DVD Grade: B