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She's the Man Review

Movies.com Critics

1.5

Dave White Profile

… almost wins you over. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Fails to exploit the myriad comedic possibilities, settling instead for broad, unconvincing slapstick aimed at 12-year-olds and gags Shakespeare would have rejected as ancient.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As an actress, Bynes is wholesome to a fault. She impersonates a teenage boy yet never gives him one good dirty thought.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Of 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is a perfectly pleasant, entertaining and often witty romp with engaging performances.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Cute but crass comedy for young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as Viola pretends to be a boy, some situations arise where her male roommate's evolving affection for her borders on homoerotic. There are some sexual references (references to genitals) and mild language. There is some crass humor (one involves tampons) and some borderline jokes (divorced mom considers dating daughter's boyfriend).

  • Families can talk about gender roles and the limits of gender-based expectations. How are girls and boys trained to behave in specific ways? How does Viola come to see that lying to her mother, new friends, and eventual boyfriend is not the best way to make her point about gender equality? Families could also check out Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, upon which this movie is loosely based.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Protagonist lies to get what she wants.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some slapstick and pratfalls; three girls fight in a bathroom, punching and slamming each other against walls (played as comedy); a soccer ball hits Viola's crotch when she's in drag, and she must pretend it hurts like it would for a a boy.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing; Viola sneaks showers (no body parts shown); discussions of sexual orientation and activities (not explicit); references to male genitals (in one scene, to prove he's a boy, Sebastian drops his pants on the soccer field and Viola proves she's a girl by lifting her shirt).

  • language false3

    Language: "Hell" plus some derogatory slang ("bee-yatch," "nancy boy," "playing like girls"); and sexual slang ("I'd tap that").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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