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She's The Man
Short plot summary

Shakespeare (Twelfth Night) gets a modern (2006) High School teen comedy makeover. A girl (Amanda Bynes) pretends to be a boy (Amanda Bynes) so that she can play football (soccer) on the boy's team after the girls team at her school is axed.

What our panel of critics thought

"Shakespeare purists will hate this film - there are no men in tights at all. A disgrace from kick-off to final whistle. I want my money back."

"A delightful teen updating of a Shakespeare tale. You had better know its a Shakespeare story before you start watching this because like all Shakespeare it is strange in places."

"A movie with two half's."

"Channing Tatum plays the high school football star with a firm chested gusto."

"Is Hamlet next on Vinnie Jones's acting ambition list? I think we should be told."

"Why don't they let girls play for male soccer teams? This teen comedy opens up a whole evening of lively debate me thinks."

"Of course, in the old days, Twelfth Night was almost impossible to act. Back in Shakespeare's day, women weren't allowed to act, so a man had to play a woman playing a man. Hilarious from start to finish."

"The bald headmaster is very 'Shakespeare'. I think if I didn't know this movie was Shakespeare at this point I would have walked out hurling my popcorn as I scowled."

Please tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary

Viola (Amanda Bynes) and Duke (Channing Tatum) end the movie together. Not a dry eye in the house.

Other comments

A nice colorful updating. Some fine jokes and if you like the sound of another teen Shakespeare comedy then you won't be disappointed.

Date of this review

March 9, 2009

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