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She's The Man [PATCHED]

In 2018, Bynes spoke to Paper magazine and said she'd be interested in going back to acting but really wants to pursue a fashion career. She also expressed regrets for her past and said that she's been sober for nearly four years.

She's the Man

Bynes plays Viola, the twin sister of Sebastian (James Kirk), who at the start of the movie conveniently sneaks away to London for two weeks without telling anybody. This is much easier on Viola than the Shakespeare version, in which she fears her brother has perished at sea. But I will not mention Shakespeare again. Viola is the star of the girls' soccer team at Cornwall Prep, a school that seems to have enough money to supply every girl with her own soccer team. She thinks she's good enough to play for the boy's team, but her hopes are scorned, so she takes advantage of Sebastian's absence to take his place at nearby Illyria Prep, named after the country in Shakespeare's play. There she tries out for the soccer team.

Can Amanda Bynes convincingly play a boy? Of course not. She plays a cute tomboy with short hair who keeps forgetting to talk low and then nervously clears her throat and talks like she's on the phone to the school office: "Viola is sick today, and this is her mother speaking." Can she play soccer and live with a male roommate and take showers and not be exposed as a girl? Of course not, but at least the movie doesn't make a big deal out of it; she has a few close calls, and thinks fast. When the coach (Vinnie Jones) announces a practice game between Shirts and Skins, she offers compelling reasons why she should be a Shirt.

Parents need to know that She's the Man is a 2006 movie in which Amanda Bynes plays a girl determined to prove she's just as good as the boys on the soccer field are and disguises herself as her vacationing brother to prove this point. The movie is intended to be a modernized version of the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, and, as such, Bynes' character's gender switch leads to frequent misunderstandings and deceptions leading to further deceptions. The humor is frequently derived from sex. When dressed as her brother and showing up at her dorm for the first time, her/his roommates find her tampons, she claims it's for bloody noses; later a character stops up a bloody nose with one of her tampons. Characters are forced to prove they are who they say they are by exposing their naked body parts (not shown); when Viola's actual brother drops his pants, their father conveys pride in the size of his penis. Expect three teen girls fighting in a restroom and male characters getting into fisticuffs both on and off the soccer field. Also expect some profanity ("hell," "ass"), as well as allusions to sexuality -- for instance, "She gives good nod."

Cute, crass, and happily unbelievable, SHE'S THE MAN is buoyed by Amanda Bynes' vivacious performance as a girl who pretends to be a boy. Increasingly unwieldy as the plot threads must be sorted out, the film relies heavily on the delightful Bynes (when she's not on-screen for a few minutes, the energy sags considerably). Once Viola absorbs her boy lessons, she finds it hard to be a girl in scenes that go overboard: She gnaws at her food, straddles her chair, fights with fellow debutantes in the ladies' room. Eventually she learns to be "herself." Not the best movie out there, but entertaining for a sleepover or teen movie night.

Plus, Viola as Sebastian and Olivia wind up kind of fighting over Duke, even though Olivia is more into Sebastian and she's trying to make Sebastian jealous. Olivia confesses this to Viola (as Viola), who can't believe it. What a complicated web they've weaved. 041b061a72


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