Viola (Byrnes) decides to masquerade as her brother when he decides to duck out of boarding school for a few weeks and head to London. While there, she joins the soccer team and falls for one of her teammates (Tatum). Even more complicated romantic entaglements ensue...
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night gets the teen movie treatment in this tale of boy meets girl dressed as boy. Banned from joining the boys’ soccer team, tomboy Viola (Bynes) poses as her brother Sebastian at his new school. Complications ensue when she falls for Duke (Tatum), but both romance and humour are undercooked in this likeable but lightweight comedy.
It’s a difficult premise to pull off at the best of times, and Bynes’ boyish swagger is faintly embarrassing: the fact that everyone falls for her prank (and no-one mentions the word ‘gay’) makes this more surreal fantasy than sharp teen comedy. The plot holds interest, but that’s more thanks to Shakespeare than the writers of Legally Blonde.
The highschool hijinks may entertain the young, but those more familiar with the Bard will recognise this as a wasted opportunity.
Reviewed by Anna Smith
| Fave chick flick|
***DBL POST ... More
Posted by danielthompson99 at 17:18, 22 June 2012 | Report This Post
| Fave chick flick|
This has pushed Coyote Ugly off the perch for me. What does it is a lovely performance from Amanda Bynes and some really funny LOL moments.
It's cheesy, trashy teen fun, but when watched at the right time gives a feel good mood that lasts well after the movie finishes.
(loved the bit with Vinny Jones breaking up the fight between the mascots!) ... More
Posted by danielthompson99 at 17:17, 22 June 2012 | Report This Post
|lots of fun!|
it's a really funny film and ok it's a bit cheesy but it's full of fun! amanda bynes is good and channing tatum is H.O.T!! ... More
Posted by archi at 19:49, 31 October 2006 | Report This Post
It's no Freaky Friday but it is fun thanks to Byne and that guy from Arrested Development. ... More
Posted by Caster at 12:22, 27 July 2006 | Report This Post
|Her mates are funny|
There are some uttelry cringeworthy moments where you cannot believe what you are hearing but that is mostly between the two leads. What has not been mentioned is the wonderful supporting cast who continually draw belly laughs from you. Apart from Tatum and for the majority of the time Bynes the rest of the cast are incredibly funny with special mention to David Cross from Arrested Development. For every cringingly bad moment and misfire from Bynes you get seconds later of great comedy. The plo... More
Posted by CharlieDicas at 00:37, 18 April 2006 | Report This Post
|Fun for All! (3.5 stars!)|
Why the poor reviews, people? I thought this film was great! The casting was good -eye-candy for the boys in Amanda Bynes (when she's a girl!) and Laura Ramsey, as well as for the girls with Channing Tatum and James Kirk ;o) ..and they can act too!! The fact that the movie is focused around football should please the male audience -and not bore the girls because it's so neatly woven into the rest of the plot. However I don't think Bynes made a wholly convincing boy, and it's hard to believe that... More
Posted by andys_girl at 15:36, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post
|she's an idiot|
This was a very.....uh, this was, um......a fine example of american cinema at it's worst. One to avoid ... More
Posted by BarryNorman at 01:44, 12 April 2006 | Report This Post
a massive cheese fest, frair tuck would have been proud of. im sorry this film was almost as embarassing as me actually going to watch it, normally im not so harsh and can stomach most films but this was massively cringworthy, sorry ... More
Posted by chopperr69 at 19:53, 09 April 2006 | Report This Post