She's the Man

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She's the Man
She's the man poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndy Fickman
Screenplay by
Story byEwan Leslie
Based onTwelfth Night by
William Shakespeare
Produced by
CinematographyGreg Gardiner
Edited byMichael Jablow
Music byNathan Wang
Distributed byParamount Pictures[1]
Release date
  • March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20–25 million[2][1]
Box office$57.2 million[2]

She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy teen sports film directed by Andy Fickman and starring Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, and David Cross. Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night,[3] the film centers on teenager Viola Hastings, who enters her brother's new boarding school, Illyria Prep, in his place and pretends to be a boy in order to play on the boys' soccer team.

The film was a moderate commercial success, grossing $57.2 million against a budget of $20–25 million. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but Bynes' performance was praised.


Viola Hastings is a teen girl who plays for Cornwall's soccer team until the team gets cut. Her dream is to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Meanwhile, her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), is supposed to enroll in Illyria, an elite boarding school, but he secretly goes to London with his fledgling band instead. Viola agrees to cover for him and decides to pass herself off as Sebastian, in hopes of joining their boys' team and beating Cornwall to prove their coach and her cocky ex-boyfriend, Justin, wrong for suggesting cancellation of the ladies' soccer team. With the help of her stylist friend, Paul, she is transformed into "Sebastian" and attends Illyria in his place.

While moving in, she meets her roommate, Duke Orsino, an attractive soccer player and Illyria's team captain. During tryouts, Viola fails to impress Coach Dinklage and is assigned to second string, much to her dismay. Her teammates, including Duke, initially dislike "Sebastian" due to his awkward and strange behavior. However, with help from Paul once again, they begin to accept him into their social circle. "Sebastian" then gets the popular and beautiful Olivia Lennox (Laura Ramsey) as his lab partner, which frustrates Duke, as he has feelings for her. "Sebastian" agrees to put in a good word for Duke if he promises to train him to be a better soccer player. Coach Dinklage eventually notices "Sebastian's" effort and improvement, thus promoting him to first string.

At the Junior League carnival, where her mother has made her volunteer, Viola works a shift at the kissing booth and kisses Duke. Duke expresses to "Sebastian" that he might move on from Olivia as he is starting to like Viola now. Viola is delighted as she secretly feels the same way.

Olivia who now has a crush on "Sebastian", asks Duke out on a date in hopes that it will make "Sebastian" jealous. Viola, who is unaware of Olivia's true intentions, is enraged instead because Duke has now abandoned his interest in Viola. When Viola finds out the truth, she encourages Olivia to tell "Sebastian" directly about her feelings.

The situation becomes even more complicated when the real Sebastian returns from London a day early, unbeknownst to Viola. As soon as he arrives at Illyria, Olivia confesses her feelings and kisses him. Duke, seeing this, believes his roommate has betrayed him. When "Sebastian" returns to their room, the two have an argument and Duke kicks him out. Viola oversleeps and misses the first half of the game, while the real Sebastian is mistaken for "Sebastian" and winds up poorly playing his sister's game instead. At half-time, Viola explains the situation to Sebastian and they switch places again.

Duke, still furious at "Sebastian", refuses to cooperate with him on the field. Determined to makes amends with Duke, "Sebastian" explains that he is actually Viola. Illyria wins the game when Viola scores a goal, finally humiliating Justin and the rest of the Cornwall boys.

Everyone at Illyria celebrates their victory over Cornwall, except for Duke who is hurt about Viola's deception. Viola introduces Sebastian and Olivia officially, and they begin dating. Viola and Sebastian's divorced parents also make up, exchanging contact information so as to be better parents towards their children. She invites Duke to her debutante ball, with an invitation delivered by Sebastian, now Duke's actual roommate. Still hurt, Duke doesn't respond to Viola's invitation, which devastates her. At the ball, Viola is skeptical that Duke will show up; she distracts herself by assisting Olivia, who is being escorted by Sebastian to the ball, and is touched when Paul asks to be her date. Her mother shows up with a dress that will suit Viola's "no ruffles" policy, but Viola decides to go for a walk instead. She runs into Duke outside, who tells her that he has feelings for her, but that he doesn't want there to be any more deception on her part; Viola promises to be honest with him. Later, Monique (Alex Breckenridge) is escorted by Justin, Olivia is escorted by Sebastian, and Viola and Duke enter the stage late, but together, with Viola in her new dress, much to the joy of her mother. Viola and Duke share a kiss before joining the crowd. At the end of the film, Viola and Duke are shown happily playing on Illyria's soccer team together.



Channing Tatum was cast in the film at the insistence of Bynes, who felt that he would be perfect in the role.

An adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the film was directed by Andy Fickman, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Tom Rosenberg, and Gary Lucchesi, and was written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith.

Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum were cast respectively in the lead roles of Viola Hastings and Duke Orsino; Tatum had been chosen at Bynes' insistence, as she felt that he would be received well by audiences.[4] She told Paper in 2018 that "I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn't famous yet," she said. "He'd just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, 'This guy's a star—every girl will love him!' But [the producers] were like, 'He's so much older than all of you!' And I was like, 'It doesn't matter! Trust me!'"[5][4]

In order to prepare for the role, as it was her first time playing a role of the opposite sex, Bynes and Fickman observed males at a shopping mall.[6] In an interview with MSN in 2006, she said that the part had been difficult for her to play, stating that she felt "awkward" in the role; she later spoke highly of the experience, saying that "It was hard, but I did it and I did something that was not easy for me—so it was a cathartic experience and I felt really good getting it out of me."[6] However, in a 2018 interview with Paper, Bynes admitted that her role in the film eventually had a negative effect on her mental health. "When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for four to six months because I didn't like how I looked when I was a boy," Bynes said. Seeing herself onscreen with short hair, thick eyebrows, and sideburns was "a strange and out of body experience."[5]

Neither Bynes nor Tatum were skilled at soccer before filming, so they played the sport for hours each day to prepare for the role.[7] In a bathroom scene in the film, where a fight occurs between the characters of Bynes and actresses Laura Ramsey and Alexandra Breckenridge, some of the stunts performed had been done by the actors themselves. Fickman stated in a behind-the-scenes feature that "As much as we had our three wonderful stunt actresses there, too, when you see the cut of the movie, it's a lot of our girls pounding each other,".[6][8]


Home media[edit]

The film debuted on DVD on July 18, 2006 in both widescreen and fullscreen editions. For the film's 15th anniversary, Paramount released the film on Blu-ray for the first time on March 2, 2021.[9]


Box office[edit]

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $10.7 million USD in its opening weekend. Its budget was approximately $20–25 million, and the film grossed $33,687,630 million domestically with a total gross of $57.2 million worldwide.[2][1]

Critical response[edit]

Bynes' performance was critically acclaimed, winning her a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award; it has often been considered her signature film role.[citation needed]

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave She's the Man a rating of 44%, based on 114 reviews, and an average rating of 5.10/10. The critical consensus reads, "Shakespeare's wit gets lost in translation with She's the Man's broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and unconvincing plotline."[10] Metacritic, gave the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "B+" on scale of A to F.[12]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote "...Amanda Bynes let us say that she is sunny and plucky and somehow finds a way to play her impossible role without clearing her throat more than six or eight times. More importantly, we like her."[13] Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, critic Ruth Stein wrote: "Bynes displays a flair for comedy, especially when Viola studies guys walking down the street and mimics their gait and mannerisms. Bynes uses her elastic face to show Viola's every thought making the transition and doing her darnedest to pull it off... She's not going to win an Oscar for playing a boy, as Hilary Swank did; but Bynes makes a far more convincing one than Barbra Streisand in "Yentl."[14]

Refinery29 wrote in a review praising Bynes' both as Viola and Sebastian, writing "As Viola, Bynes is confident and charming, the kind of Jennifer Lawrence-like cool girl who would gladly hand you a tampon in the bathroom—as long as she’s not already using it to stop a nosebleed. As Sebastian, she oozes an inexplicable form of awkward charisma, spitting out perfect line delivery after perfect line delivery, her facial expressions working overtime to nail the laugh. It remains one of her best, most challenging performances."[15][16]

Criticism was brought towards Tatum's casting. Roger Ebert wrote: "Tatum is 26, a little old to play a high school kid..."[13] Neil Smith for BBCi stated that "Bynes tackles her part with gusto, while Tatum underplays his to striking effect."[17]


Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy She's The Man Won [18]
Choice Movie Actor: Breakout Channing Tatum Won
Choice Movie: Liplock Channing Tatum & Amanda Bynes Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Movie Star Amanda Bynes Won

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "She's the Man". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Carlin, Shannon (March 17, 2016). "What She's The Man Taught Us About Gender Roles". Refinery29. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b El-Mahmoud, Sarah (November 27, 2018). "Amanda Bynes Fought For Channing Tatum's She's The Man Role". CINEMABLEND. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Barr, Sabrina (November 27, 2018). "Amanda Bynes speaks out about drug abuse in new tell-all interview". The Independent. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Dambrosio, Christina (March 15, 2020). "13 things you probably didn't know about 'She's the Man'". Insider. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Azuli, Noa (July 16, 2018). "'She's the Man' Is the Most Important Soccer Movie of All Time". Vice. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  8. ^ She's The Man: Behind the Scenes - Bathroom Catfight - YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  9. ^ "She's the Man Blu-ray (15th Anniversary Edition)".
  10. ^ "She's the Man Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2021-08-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "She's the Man Reviews, Ratings, Credits". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
  12. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  13. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (March 16, 2006). "'Twelfth Night' vs. 12th grade". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  14. ^ Stein, Ruthe (2006-03-17). "'Twelfth Night' gets booted into teen soccer turf". SFGATE. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  15. ^ Cohen, Anne. "The Dark Message At The Heart Of She's The Man Sadly Still Applies Today". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  16. ^ Todd, Carolyn L. "This Is Amanda Bynes' Greatest Contribution To Film, Ever". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  17. ^ "BBC - Movies - review - She's The Man". Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  18. ^ Corey Moss (2006-08-21). "Britney Introduces K-Fed, Nick Lachey Scores 'Awkward' Award At Teen Choice 2006". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-10-08.

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