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Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Jonathan Sadowski
Director: Andy Fickman
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Making of
- Cast Interview
- Trailer




Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




When a teenage girl, Viola, discovers that her soccer team has been cut from her school, she disguises herself as her twin brother and takes his place at his new boarding school for two weeks. Comedy ensues when she falls in love with her new roommate, Duke, and finds herself the object of affection of the beautiful Olivia, the girl whom Duke loves. Things get even more complicated when her twin brother, Sebastian, finally turns up.


Man she is not, Woman she is indeed. No, we are not talking about an identity struggle but maybe a soon-to-be-real crisis here that teenage girl, Viola, is having here. She is an unusual girl who has a great passion for the male-dominated sports, soccer. When her school female soccer team was disbanded and to prove to her snobbish coach that girls’ skills on the field are on equal par with the male counterparts, she decided to impersonate as her twin brother, Sebastian during his absence and clinch the golden opportunity to play at the annual inter-school soccer match at his new boarding school.

Viola (Amanda Bynes), with minimum special make-up effect including a wig plus the side-burns, could easily pass off as a small build guy in real life. An effeminate “guy” – I would say. A story about a woman in disguise how she falls in gradual love with her so-called buddy male friend, who does not realize her true gender till the very end; might ring a bell for those who are familiar of the famous Chinese classical story “Butterfly Lovers – Zhu YingTai & Liang ShanBo” make famous again years back by the then sweet (she still is) Charlie Young and dashing Nick Wu. Nevertheless, we have beautiful Amanda Bynes and handsome Channing Tatum – a compatible pair onscreen for “She’s the Man”. Although both movies comparably have the similar basic storyline to be built on, having the lead female temporarily ditching her real identity, the story develops totally different, no longer about a suffered love. This is more interesting and love gets complex with other characters involved.

Viola’s mother hopes and has Viola, her only daughter, promised her to undergo the basic social etiquettes session to prepare her debutante – her first social appearance. Guess whom she’ll meet? Isn’t life is much of coincidences?

“She’s the Man” is set in today’s world and certainly a highly entertaining comedy with wacky jokes, incidents etc. Everything looks quite logical from how Viola successfully disguises herself as a guy in appearance and mellows her chirpy voice to adopt a baritone one and learns some so-called conversational male lingo to warm up with her new male mates for a start. The part whereby Viola has to change quickly in the carnival from a girl to a boy then back and fro, somehow backfires. It is abit exaggerated. Otherwise, it’ll be perfect. By watching how witty Viola manages to save herself from awkward situations and unintentionally entangles in a web of relationships, and winning the heart of his true Prince Charming, is all fun and funny.


The visual transfer is almost faultless though there are some unnatural colour spottings at some points. Audio comes with options of English Dolby 2.0 and English Dolby 5.1.


Making of
- This is a 'blink and you missed' sort of featurette. There isn't much to view except for the cast taking publicity stills in a studio. You don't get to see a lot in 5 minutes, do you?

Cast Interviews - A very generic and PR segment that involves interviews with the cast and crew. Weird thing is there isn't any names credited so you wouldn't know who is who.

Lastly, there's the theatrical trailer to round up the disc.


(An exhilaratingly hilarious movie - the ideal weekend pick for audience)


Review by Alicia Tee



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