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SHE'S THE MAN

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Emily Perkins, Vinnie Jones, Robert Hoffman, Alex Breckenridge, Julie Hagerty, and David Cross
Director: Andy Fickman
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: DreamWorks
Extra Features: See Review
Length: 105 Minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2006

Duke: Hey...hey, why do you have tampons in your boot?

Viola: Uhh...I get really bad nosebleeds.

Film ***

I condemn Hollywood repeatedly in my reviews for consistently not providing fresh stories with new ideals. She's The Man, at first glance, seemed like a rip off of the 1985 flick Just One Of The Guys!  But while similar in some small conceptual ways She's The Man takes a decidedly different approach to a story that's already been done, and makes it funny, fresh, and exciting!

Amanda Bynes stars in this wacky comedy as Viola, soccer playing twin sister of rock star wannabe Sebastian!  At Viola's school the girls soccer team is cut due to the fact that not enough girls signed up. When she's not allowed to join the boys team (because she's, well duh, a girl!) and her brother goes AWOL just a few days before he's to begin a brand new prep-school, Viola decides that desperate times call for desperate measures!  

Viola's got two weeks before Sebastian gets back from his romp around Europe!  Will that be enough time for this girl turned boy to sow his oats, and score?...that is to say,...score a spot on the boys soccer team, yeah...that's what I meant!

There is not one actor that this movie could have done without.  Everyone had their own place within this film, and each character helped to elevate this movie onto my ABSOLUTELY MUST SEE LIST!  It's simple folks, when the acting is good, the story is fun/funny, and the audio/video works well together then you've got a winner!

Amanda Bynes is funny on a level that a lot of young Hollywood actors and actresses never reach.  I was a big fan of her character Holly Tyler on the WB series What I Like About You!  Her comedic timing alongside Jeannie Garths helped put her ahead of the rest of her acting age group!  In addition to being beautiful and talented, her co-stars on this film say she's down to earth and extremely friendly.  Here's to hoping that Hollywood keeps it's seedy side away from this breath of fresh air!

Lead actress aside, I think the character that stood out the most in this film was Emily Perkins portrayal of Eunice!  The head-gear wearing extremely intense geek who gets the hunk in the end, stole the show from everyone in my opinion!

The guys were hotties, the girls were cuties, and the story was fun and entertaining!  What more can you ask from a teen flick? 

BE A MAN...or A WOMAN (hey I'm an equal acting opportunity kinda gal!) and grab this film on DVD today! 

Video ***

Visually appealing with stunning colors, helps make this 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen DVD a must see. Colors were vivid, images were crisp and clean, with the added bonus of nice lighting for every setting.  Your eyes are not deceiving you, this DVD is very good looking...just like the cast!

Audio ***

The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix on this DVD was nicely put together.  The levels remained constant throughout with no back ground noise or audible errors.  The dialogue and music bed worked with each other instead of overpowering each other which was nice to hear.

This DVD's audio is available in the following formats:

English Dolby Digital 5.1

English Dolby Digital Stereo

Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo

French Dolby Digital 5.1

Features ***

 

Starting off we have Director and Cast commentary featuring Amanda Bynes, followed by "The Making Of The Man," featurette.  Deleted scenes and a gag real make for some fun and funny extras.  "The Troup" gives you the scoop from each actors mouth about what they thought of their co-stars in the film.

"Inspired By Shakespear'es..." helps you better understand how The Man got it's start from the original man himself Wild Bill Shakespeare!

The music video for the song "Let Go" by Dave Lichens is included, along with a cast photo album, Theatrical Trailer for the film, as well as, movie previews coming to a TV near you soon!

Subtitles available in English only.  However, language options are available in English, French, and Spanish!

Summary:

A funny and cute movie made only cuter by Amanda Bynes sweet smile...aww I'm going into sugar shock!  Seriously though, this girl is da man and when you grab her on DVD you'll understand why!

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