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She's the Man

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2006 1 Jan
She's the Man
from Film Forum, 03/23/06

She's the Man tells the story of Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes), a girl devastated by the fact that her high school is eliminating the girls' soccer program. In response, she dons a disguise and joins the boys' team, pretending to be her twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk).

Sound familiar? It's actually the latest re-telling of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. But does that mean it's a work of high art? Not exactly.

Tom Neven (Plugged In) says, "What could have been (and, to be fair, at times is) a broad farce about mix-ups, misunderstandings and miscommunication in the end becomes what it hopes to mock: a story of sexual titillation and stereotypes, marred all the more by bad attitudes and foul language."

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "The fluffy script at times labors under forced humor, and plausibility is at a premium, to say the least. Still, the conceit works, for the most part, thanks in large measure to Bynes' effervescence, making for diverting entertainment whether you're into cleats or couplets."

Mainstream critics would prefer to see Twelfth Night the old-fashioned way.