Sunday, April 09, 2006

Review: She's the Man

I can't believe I'm writing this...
For a movie whose tagline is Everybody has a secret... Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique so she hates Olivia who's with Duke to make Sebastian jealous who is really Viola who's crushing on Duke who thinks she's a guy..., this was surprisingly good.
What we have here: 1) a chick flick, in the high school sense of the phrase, 2) a film all about impersonating the opposite sex(think Mrs. Doubtfire for teenagers), and 3) an unexpectedly funny movie. This is the story of Viola, who can't play soccer at her school because the girl's team was sacked and she's not allowed to play for the guy's team. Obvious solution? Impersonate her twin brother attending a rival school and trying out for that guy's team(not just for the girl's for some reason) to get payback at her old school. Complications of course follow, anything from having the 'hottest' girl in school liking her(him?) and you having a thing for your roommate, to, again, very Mrs. Doubtfire, having to play both of your selves at one event simultaneously.
David Cross is hilarious as the school's principal, and Vinnie Jones(the upcoming X-Men 3's Juggernaut) is a terribly frightening Australian soccer coach--also a fun character. The writer's a thought did a great job with most of the gags, and I guess Amanda Bynes deserves some credit to for a job well done, and if I may say so, she made an eerily convincing male. Good to see that someone for Nickelodeon's All That is amounting to something now.
There's a bit of language, and some things that I'm not sure are appropriate for younger kids, but as far as PG-13 goes, this film's pretty tame, and again, surprisingly good. Even the guys should appreciate it.

-N

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