Big question: In this contemporary spin on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," romantic complications ensue when Viola (Amanda Bynes) pretends to be her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), in order to play on a boys' soccer team. Who knew the Bard wrote "Ladybugs"?
Skip it: Perky and preposterous, "She's the Man" seems to exist in an alternate universe, where high school jocks hardly raise an eyebrow at a "boy" with girly features, a high-pitched voice, and is-this-how-guys-act? mannerisms. Every joke here stems from the fact that "Sebastian" is really Viola, but the real joke is nobody can tell.
Catch it if: You want to see a tampon used to stop a nosebleed. Don't ask.
Bottom line: A frenzied spaz of a comedy, "She's the Man" tries to move quickly so you won't mind that it makes no sense. Energetic but lacking the wit of "10 Things I Hate About You," it requires a suspension of disbelief that only comes from taking too many soccer balls to the head.
Bonus: Girls, if you're considering gender bending, make sure your cell's ringtone isn't "Barbie Girl."
'She's the Man'
Directed by Andy Fickman; written by Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith; photographed by Gregory Gardiner; edited by Michael Jablow; production designed by David Bomba; music by Nathan Wang; produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Ewan Leslie. A DreamWorks Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:45. MPAA rating: PG-13 (some sexual material).
Viola Hastings - Amanda Bynes
Daphne - Julie Hagerty
Duke - Channing Tatum
Olivia - Laura Ramsey
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