Since Amanda Bynes has recently returned into our culture and looking I might add, I thought it was time that we looked into the past and her filmography go back to the gift that she has given us that we haven’t properly thanked her for. What is that gift you may ask? CHANNING. FUCKING. TATUM. Let’s just get into the review of “She’s The Man.”
Inside every girl, there’s a boy
“She’s The Man” was released in March of 2006. It was directed by Andy Fickman, who gave the world “The Game Plan,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Sigh. The movie stars Amanda Bynes (Your Childhood and “What I Like About You”) and Channing Tatum (Your mother’s closet and “Magic Mike”). This was one of Channing Tatum’s big breaks in the early to mid-2000s. Besides “Step Up” that came out in the same year, this was our real first look at the man that would literally be in everyone with a pulse’s dream. The movie is also based off of the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night.” A lot of people thing that it’s based off on the 1985 teen movie “Just One of the Guys.” It’s not, it’s just based off of the same play. Less nudity.
The movie follows Olivia as she tries to get revenge on her former high school’s boy soccer team and her hot yet douchy boyfriend. The school cut the funded the girl’s team and the sexist coach refused to let them try out. So Olivia decides to pose as her twin brother and attend his new school, which happens to the rival school. The movie follows Olivia as she tries to fit in with her new teammates while also trying to get her new hot roommate to fall in love with her.
When I watched this movie back as an adult, it wasn’t as funny as I remember it to be. In fact, I’m not really sure why I thought so fondly of it. I still think it’s a good movie but it’s honestly just not as good as I remember it to be. Could it have been because a 14 years old version of me was just interested in Channing Tatum and watched anything that Amanda Bynes did? The world may never know. But what I do know is that this movie wasn’t ‘All That.’ Get it?
The acting in it was okay. It wasn’t horrible but yet it wasn’t anything that would win an Oscar. Amanda Bynes was probably the best in the film just because comedy and situationally comedy is her strong point. She really tried her best. But like I said, there was no real breakout acting. I mean, Channing Tatum did a great job with then limited acting experience. But it was your average teen romantic comedy acting.
The production on the film was actually pretty good. It was on par with other movies out at the time. It wasn’t anything too exciting but yet it wasn’t anything over the top. I was just your average 2000s teen movie. The message behind the movie is still extremely powerful and relevant. It wasn’t something that is overly empowering but it still gives you a message about gender stereotypes and breaking those barriers.
Now I thought about rating Channing Tatum on how was in the film both by performance wise and hotness but that would be rating a baby seal on how adorable it is. We all know it’s adorable so why state the obvious?
“She’s The Man” is an okay movie. It’s nothing too special but yet it’s nothing too great. It’s just kind of there for teen movies. Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum give the best performances in the movie. Because this movie is in her wheel house, and she’s the star, Amanda is the highlight of the entire movie. I do recommend watching it as the message is still a good and relevant message. “She’s The Man” is the perfect rainy day movie or if there isn’t anything else on.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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