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She's the Man (2006)

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When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

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Andy Fickman

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Ewan Leslie (screenplay), Karen McCullah (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Bynes ... Viola
Channing Tatum ... Duke
Laura Ramsey ... Olivia Lennox
Vinnie Jones ... Dinklage
David Cross ... Gold
Julie Hagerty ... Daphne
Robert Hoffman ... Justin
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Monique (as Alex Breckenridge)
Jonathan Sadowski ... Paul
Amanda Crew ... Kia
Jessica Lucas ... Yvonne
Brandon Jay McLaren ... Toby
Clifton MaCabe Murray ... Andrew (as Clifton Murray)
James Snyder ... Malcolm
James Kirk ... Sebastian
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Storyline

Here's the thing! Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys' team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks, "If you can't beat them, join them". So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother, Sebastian and goes out for the rival school, Illyria Boys' Soccer Team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister. Written by Barbara-Ann

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It's time to settle the score. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dude Looks Like a Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,730,372, 19 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,339,735, 7 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,194,667, 1 June 2006
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Breckenridge and Amanda Bynes both appeared in the 2002 film "Big Fat Liar". See more »

Goofs

Viola is off-side when netting the game winner. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Justin: Oh! She shoots, she scores! Goal!
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Version of Was ihr wollt (1954) See more »

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Side 2
Written by Tammy Ealom (as Tamaira Jane Ealom)
Performed by Dressy Bessy
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By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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First Rate Teen Flick
18 March 2006 | by cdelacroix1See all my reviews

I saw this movie today (opened yesterday here) and was simply delighted.

I saw a review that said something to the effect that the reviewer thought this would be just another teen movie, but then found it was based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night ... and then started trying to justify liking this flick on Shakespearean grounds. I really think this is going way overboard: the only connections I could see with Twelfth Night are (a) the basic conceit of a girl masquerading as a man; (b) the extensive male-female humor arising out of that basic conceit; and (c) some of the names (including Viola & Duke).

Aside from those names, the thematic commonalties (a & b) are really great themes for any script, and this movie's script is no exception. Beyond that, though, this really is a simply delightful and very contemporary/traditional teen flick. And that's a perfectly legit genre even if highbrows have to find an excuse to like it ... like alluding to Shakespeare.

The movie is bright, fast-paced, emotive, stylized, funny ... full of teen hormones and teen humor and male/female humor suitable for all ages. And that's really the best part IMHO: really just about every male stereotype and every female stereotype is depicted in roundly appealing over-the-top fun. Those stereotypes are parodied relentlessly but affectionately, with such a complexity of invention that I'm still a little bewildered ... but really don't feel at all disappointed in that regard, it's not that kind of a movie: things come at you fast and fun and you get a laugh and a groan and then move on to the next split-second happening.

Amanda Bynes really is just delightful as Viola / Sebastian; Channing Tatum makes a wonderful Duke; David Cross does a wonderfully over the top Principal Gold. All of the acting and characterizations were fine and on target. Cinematography was excellent.

Wonderful entertainment from beginning to end ... check it out!


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