March 27, 2006 12:00 PM

Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum


It’s not necessary to brush up on your Shakespeare to enjoy this feisty teen comedy, though a passing familiarity with the Bard’s Twelfth Night certainly helps. Very loosely adapted from that play, She’s the Man has Viola Hastings (Bynes) passing herself off as her twin brother at Illyria Prep, a boarding school, so that she can play on the boy’s soccer team. The rub: Viola falls for her hunky roommate (Tatum).

Bynes exhibits a flair for physical comedy, nailing the faux toughness of adolescent boys. When called upon to really emote, however, she never digs deeper than the correct facial expression. (PG-13)

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