`She's the Man' and its Tweens are mixed up

Review D+

March 17, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

To attend She's the Man is to land on Planet Tweener, eerily similar yet distant from Planet Earth. On this simultaneously coarse and wholesome orb, a boy can drop trou and a girl can lift her blouse without posing for a Boys or Girls Gone Wild video. Forget the thrills and dangers of precocious sexuality. The one goal here is turning your steady into a good kisser.

The most amazing thing about Planet Tweener is the way spunky, soccer-loving Viola (Amanda Bynes) successfully impersonates a frisky teenage male. She pastes on wispy fake sideburns, battens down her breasts, wears a soup-bowl-haircut wig and drawls like Gomer Pyle.

She's the Man (DreamWorks) Starring Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum and David Cross. Directed by Andy Fickman. Rated PG-13. Time 105 minutes.

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