Plot summary (from the studio): Amanda Bynes proves that girls can do anything guys can do in She’s the Man. The laughs are non-stop when Viola (Bynes), disguised as her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), joins the high school boys’ soccer team and helps win the big game while unexpectedly falling for Duke (Channing Tatum) 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!
Warning: Spoilers below!
- This was the first time I ever (knowingly) saw Channing Tatum in something, and I’ve gotta admit: he makes for some pretty decent eye candy! (I do feel a bit creepy saying this since he was playing a high school student in the film, but I’m going by his real age here.)
- I thought Amanda Bynes was terrible in this. There was nothing even remotely funny about how she portrayed “Sebastian”. She was ridiculously over the top and cringe-worthy every time she tried to say something she thought a guy would say. Her acting was just awful. And yes, I realize some of the cringe-inducing stuff was likely intentional, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that it was simply unfunny.
- The soccer aspect was completely unrealistic. If Viola was good enough to seriously consider playing in a D-I program like UNC, then there’s NO WAY she would have missed the cut for the varsity team (even the boys team). The level of talent required to earn a spot in a sanctioned NCAA sport at a school like North Carolina would have put her head and shoulders above every guy on that high school team.
- I thought it was dumb when Viola lifted up her jersey to flash her boobs and prove she was a girl. Forget about the fact that she was supposed to be Sebastian at that point and should have had those things wrapped up. What I want to know is where was her bra??? No developed girl runs around playing soccer (or any sport) without a freakin’ bra on. And I love how she just continued to play the rest of the game with her long hair totally loose and hanging all over her face. Ever hear of a ponytail?
The only reason I watched this movie was to see what Amanda Bynes was like before her recent Twitter meltdown. I’d never seen any project of hers before, and, judging from other reviews, probably should have just gone with Easy A. She’s the Man turned out to be a total waste of time. I give it 1 star out of 5.