I don't know if anyone realized it, but this movie is a rom-com, but it is not the same story as other rom-coms. I liked the plot because it was surprising and spontaneous. So, if you want to have relax with some kind of different rom-com, then watch this.
I have seen She's the man so many times and I would not mind watching it again. It such a classic and in 50 years I am gonna still love it. Romantic movies might be all the same in one view. Two people love each other, they want to be together, have children, marry etc. But these movies differ in the way this is directed, with the behind story, with something that connects them. If they manage to do so as in this film the have all my attention and support. Some people would say romantic films are cheesy. Even after watching them they would say its boring or fall asleep. But maybe it is something wrong with them. They don't have a partner or are in a unhappy relationship.... And cant stand more complicated romantic affairs.Yes it is a comedy. But if you have an eye for energy, love and emotions you will like it. Amanda and Channing are perfect couple for this story. There could be no better.
First of all, do we really need all the names from the Bard's Twelveth Night? When I see a western based on King Arthur's knights, the cowboys aren't named after Knights of the Round Poker Table. Who ever saw a soccer player named Benvolio? The film starts out well but begins to grow stale as Bynes continues to switch places with herself that her roommate on the soccer team is in love with. There is a lot of bullying and fighting where the reasons for it aren't quite clear. One scene has Bynes change back to a boy in a spinning carnival ride, certainly too fast and impossible to do under the seat holding bar. The warm up menu makes a grab line about who likes who, but if you're watching to study for a class about Shakespeare's plays, I recommend you cheat with some cliff notes instead. Film is infantile and immature to the extreme. The story book ending was so sugar- coated watching it could've given me diabetes.
When Viola is prevented from playing soccer at school, she devises a plot to save the day by impersonating her brother. This leads to multiple cross-dressing complications and romantic confusions.This teen comedy is not believable in any way whatsoever, but it is a great deal of fun nevertheless. Inspired by Twelfth Night, it transplants much of Shakespeare's original (including character names) to an American high school setting, and does so fairly effectively. The cast all give terrific performances, but credit must go to Channing Tatum in an early comedic hunk role (presaging things to come) and, especially, Amanda Bynes.My knowledge of Bynes comes from the single performance of hers which I had seen in Easy A - good, but not a very sympathetic character - and her very public burn-out during 2012/13. In this film she gets to play a girl who is variously tomboyish, feminine, and impersonating a boy. The impersonation fools nobody (except every other character in the film, of course) but the entertainment value is in the impersonation, not its accuracy. Bynes is blessed with a face which is both pretty and cartoony. This enables her to play every facet of Viola very effectively: she can be sexy, funny, broad, pretty and, indeed, all of these at the same time. This film confirms her as a real talent and, if she has indeed retired from acting, I hope that she has found her way to a place where her life will bring her peace.