She's the Man



Cute but crass comedy for young teens.
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  • Review Date: July 17, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Protagonist lies to get what she wants.


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.


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).


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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).

What's the story?

Based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, SHE'S THE MAN centers on Viola, who hits a major road bump when she learns her high school girls' soccer team has been cut for lack of funding. When she asks to try out for the boys' team, the coach tells her flat out, "Girls can't be boys." With no support from her boyfriend, Justin (Robert Hoffman) or her mom (Julie Hagerty), Viola finds a way to takes her brother's place at his new high school, Ilysia. Outfitted with a short wig and briefly trained on how to be a boy, Viola-as-Sebastian rooms with Duke (Channing Tatum) and makes the soccer team. Viola soon develops a crush on Duke, who likes their classmate Olivia (Laura Ramsey), who in turn develops an interest in Viola-as-Sebastian. As the romantic confusion escalates, so do Viola's frantic efforts to maintain her masquerade. In a frenzied climax at a Carnival festival, quick-change-artist Viola attends as herself (flirting with Duke) and Sebastian (advising Duke as he pursues Olivia). All the while, Viola-as-Sebastian avoids taking showers with her teammates, finagles her way out of a hazing ritual, and proves her worth on the soccer field.

Is it any good?


Cute, crass, and happily unbelievable, SHE'S THE MAN is buoyed by Amanda Bynes' vivacious performance as a girl who pretends to be a boy. Increasingly unwieldy as the plot threads must be sorted out, the film relies heavily on the delightful Bynes (when she's not on screen for a few minutes, the energy sags considerably). Once Viola absorbs her boy-lessons, she finds it hard to be a girl, in scenes that go overboard: She gnaws at her food, straddles her chair, fights with fellow debutantes in the ladies' room. Eventually, she learns to be "herself."

Families can talk about...

  • 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 17, 2006
DVD release date:July 18, 2006
Cast:Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones
Director:Andy Fickman
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for some sexual material

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Kid, 12 years old August 10, 2011

Favorite Movie!

This is one of my absolute favorite movies of all times! As far as language goes, there is not a lot of it, and it's a really funny movie about soccer, and life. It is definitely appropriate for anyone for 12 and up, and probably appropriate for anyone 11 and up.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLoveOwenWilson September 11, 2010

Teens... :)

hahahahha @ this movie!!! fun filled :) LOL!! Amanda Bynes is a wonderful actress!!! love this movie and Channing Tatum's acting as Duke Orsino....!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written bywonder dove January 19, 2013

Excellent fun for younger viewers!

She's the Man is one of those "way better" teen comedy movies for tweens and teens. I loved it when it first came out on DVD. It's hilarious, fun and fairly clean. Viola (Amanda Bynes) is sort of a tom boy, she likes sports, especially soccer and wants to play on the boys team but can't seem to convince anyone that girls are just as good as guys. So she decides to "become" a boy herself by turning herself into her look-a-like brother Sebastian while he flees to England, not knowing that is sister is imitating him. Her transformation is a success with the help of her friends and she enrolls herself at her brother's school and becomes roomies with her future love interest, Duke, who has a crush on another girl named Olivia who actually has a crush on Viola (as Sebastian). Trying to keep up with her double life, Viola runs into some trouble which forces her to come clean and tell the truth about who she is and why she did it, while hoping they will still except her on the soccer team. Very funny movie! Not much violence except for a comic girl fight (hair pulling, punching, pushing) and some arguing. Sexual content is mild with some kissing, flirting, hugging, a butt slap...all in comedy style. A boy drops his pants to prove he's a boy and girl lifts her shirt to prove she's a girl (nothing shown). Language is mild with some slang. Viola's man voice is too funny! Excellent for the younger crowd - good messages too. Good for 12 and up!!
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Great messages
Too much swearing


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