Watched Apr 04, 2006
Karen Krizanovich’s review:
Fast-paced, modern, irreverent teen screwball update of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night takes an unlikely scenario and transforms it into a platform for one of the funniest performances by Amanda Bynes – or any cinematic women who ever pretended to be a man. When the girl’s team at her school is cancelled, football-mad Viola (Bynes) akes the place of her brother at his school to join the men’s soccer team. Little does she know the trouble she ends up in, beginning the binding her chest and ending with romantic entanglements that are almost too complicated to untie. She’s The Man, directed by Andy Fickman, is not caustically witty, intellectual or worthy. It is a joyous romp that has more smart, fast fun with the genders than previous teen comedies. Most of all, Bynes is a gem to watch – especially at that missed penalty kick that goes straight to “his” nether regions. At last, a teen comedy that is actually good clean fun – with the emphasis on good and fun.