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She's the Man

Published July 25, 2020

She's the Man

Film info

  • Title She's the Man
  • Director Andy Fickman
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Family, Romance, Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline If you wanna chase your dream, sometimes you gotta break the rules

Amanda Bynes proves that girls can do anything guys can do in She's The Man. The laughs are non-stop when Viola, disguised as her twin brother Sebastian, joins the high school boys' soccer team and helps win the big game while unexpectedly falling for Duke, the hot star forward. Viola discovers that dealing with high school politics and twisted love triangles is a major challenge when you're a guy who's really a girl!

Live blog

TimeComment
1:27I LOVE this song. Won’t get No Sleep Tonight.
4:32“I don’t know that that’s a thing that I know.”
9:34“I have a strict no ruffles policy.”
9:48They couldn’t have signposted where this is going any more.
13:49I do like how many levels ‘be a good boy’ works on though.
18:04Training montage.
29:59Babepool.
33:16The accent situation is really confusing me.
39:16Wait, how is it going to work when the brother gets back?
43:28“Flow is flowww.”
50:12What is a kissing booth and why??
58:12Is it a coincidence that Olivia and Viola are similar names?
1:01:56“Screw you guys, I hate high school.” Tell me about it.
1:07:33That’s the thing about being “ladylike”, there’s no such thing. Fighting in the bathrooms.
1:10:40I secretly really like the short sleeve over long sleeve t-shirt look.
1:15:55It’s all going to unravel now and I am very stressed.
1:23:52Ninja goalie!
1:28:39“He’s probably halfway to China right now, he showed his Willis and doodleberries…”
1:36:24Not totally sure about this debutante business either, why do they look like wedding dresses?

Thoughts

We were looking for a movie that required no brainpower whatsoever, the sort of rubbishy Netflix movie that is just some eye candy. I’m not sure how we stumbled across this one, we’d put it on some kind of wishlist somewhere somewhen, but had no idea what it was about.

It turned out to be a really good film, funny and with interesting thoughts on gender, a little bit stereotypical in places, and a clear gaping hole in how she thought things were going to resolve themselves if it hadn’t all gone wrong like it did.

Bynes was really good, although not convincing as a boy at all. Her facial expressions were exceptional! It’s cheesy, no doubt, but not at all the rubbish film we had anticipated.

Rating: 4 / 5

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