She's The Man
- Director: Andy Fickman
- Genre: Comedy
- Details: US, 105mins, PG.
After adapting Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew into the terribly average 10 Things I Hate About You, Karen McCullah Lutz once again turns to the playwright for inspiration and changes Twelfth Night into a pasty teen movie that is so low on laughs, you need to be a limbo expert just to get a sympathetic snort. Girls who like the idea that they can do whatever boys can do will delight in the idea of She's The Man, but when the anti-feminist under lying message is "inside every girl, there's a boy" (no double entendres, please), they may come away a little confused and a little surprised that it is written by two women. The performances aren't elevated above the shabby, lazy writing as Bynes - looking a lot like a teenage Paul McCartney (mop-top n' all) - lacks everything a lead should be (talent being foremost) while the wooden Tatum is an insult to acting. If you like a Mrs-Doubtfire-in-reverse-high-school-movie, this one is for you.
Review by Gavin Burke | 09:00 | Tuesday 4th April 2006 | Movie Review
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