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This film doth please

Shakespeare is known for his soliloquies, his quoth-he's, and, most recently, his easily-made-into-movie plays ("10 Things I Hate About You" from "Taming of the Shrew", "O" from "Othello").

While the 16th century Elizabethan language might be daunting to some, this adaptation, based on the Bard's play "Twelfth Night", is not as hard to follow as its poster would make it seem: Duke wants Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is dating Monique....

Everyone has a secret, as the tagline points out. High school is hard enough with its social pitfalls and adolescent awkwardness without the added strain of keeping your lips sealed. But when that secret includes the true nature of your gender, it gets pretty hard pretty fast to answer prying questions, all the while trying to keep up the facade that you're a successful "stud" who's just transferred schools.

Like its Shakespearean counterpart, "She's The Man", starring Amanda Bynes, is wrought with gender-bending, mistaken identities, and love triangles. However, Andy Fickman puts his adaptation on a plane teens can identify with: high school. A far cry from the vague shores of Bohemian Illyria of Shakespeare's play, "She's the Man" is set at the very tangible Illyria Prep, where Viola (Bynes) decides to brave the world of men and impersonate her brother Sebastian at this prestigious rival school where she hopes to prove that girls are just as good at playing soccer as boys are, if not better. The plot gets even more intense when Viola falls for her sexy roommate and teammate, who has the tendency to walk around shirtless most of the time. What's a girl, excuse me, boy, to do?

Unlike most cheesy teen movies, the plot is not lame, nor is it a prime candidate for inducing R.E.M. halfway through. Indeed, "Man's" characters are likable, and it's hard not to sympathize with their situations.

What makes the movie most enjoyable is Amanda Bynes, whose portrayal of, literally, a girl-in-boy's clothing is hysterical. Seriously, I haven't laughed this hard since "The Wedding Crashers." The delivery of lines, and even just certain facial expressions as Viola wrestles with getting down her boyish mannerisms in order to become more like one of the guys, make the movie what it is: a comedy worth seeing.



Review: 3 stars (Out of 4)

Claire Franczyk is a senior at Nichols.

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