She's the Man
2006
Adding a splash of adolescent angst to Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," this charming romantic comedy follows the efforts of the teenage Viola to convince the students at her twin brother's boarding school that she's actually, well, her brother.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

Teen movies are like horror movies: The vast majority of them are as dumb as bricks because the audience isn't discriminating, but every once in a while, a great one comes along that takes advantage of the genre's unique access point to our psyche. She's the Man is not one of the great ones. It is one of the recent string of Shakespearean plays "adapted" – that is, dumbed down and then dumbed down some more – into the teen movie format, standard clichés intact and every punchline visible a mile away. The sexist soccer coach that sets the plot in motion is a particularly unbelieveable specimen from Planet Sitcom, not that the movie demonstrates an understanding of the basic rules or strategy of soccer when it shows the sport being played.

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