Tuesday, June 11, 2013

She's the Man (2006)

IMDb plot summary: When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.
Directed by Andy Fickman. Starring Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, and Laura Ramsey.

This movie is loosely based on Twelfth Night, my favorite Shakespearean comedy. Though both stories have a pretty far-fetched premise, Twelfth Night is clever and entertaining throughout, while She's the Man is a series of dumb jokes, lame romantic gestures, and flat characters. It has nowhere near the charm or the wit of the original play, and, as always, Amanda Bynes comes very *close* to being funny, but keeps ruining it by overplaying it with an air of, "Yeah, I know this is funny stuff." Doesn't work for me at all, and I'll be happy when it disappears from my mind, forgotten, in a couple weeks. 1 star.

Flickchart: #1764 out of 1937, below Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and above Clash of the Titans (1981).

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