Amanda Bynes at her finest in chaotic comedy filled with humorous violence.
I absolutely love this movie. It really never gets old no matter how many times you watch it. I personally think that Amanda Bynes, playing Viola, shines in this comedy movie, although the rest of the cast delivers on the over-the-top dramatics, especially the actress portraying Monique (Sebastian's constantly raging and obsessive ex-girlfriend). Even Viola's friends contribute to the comedic atmosphere in the movie. Viola disguises as her brother Sebastian and although it is obvious to the viewers, the other characters are completely unaware of this. The result: hilarity ensues and everyone gets tangled in a web of lies and deception. Because Viola disguises as someone of the opposite sex, there are a few "homoerotic" moments with Duke, and awkward encounters with Olivia in particular, who develops a crush on "Sebastian." She's the Man does rely on typical high-school archetypes, such as the jock (Duke), the geek (Eunice), and the blonde sweetheart (Olivia), but if you are able to get past the character "types," then you can see the movie's charm. The movie is very funny and actually does not rely too much on sex jokes or innuendo, which is surprising for a teen comedy. Aside from some occasional and hilarious flirting between characters, mild kisses... and shirtless guys or women in bikinis and revealing clothing at times, there is nothing to worry about. However, one of the final scenes has Viola pulling up her shirt to prove to everyone that she is in fact female (the guys are seen ogling), and her brother Sebastian pulls down his pants to reveal his manhood to prove that he's male. This is all played for laughs though, and the sensitive bits are off-screen. There is a moderate amount of violence, like when Justin and Duke get into a fist fight at the fair; Viola, Olivia, and Monique getting into a catty brawl in a bathroom, where they slap each other and throw stilettos; Viola slaps her ex-boyfriend Justin. Swear words are kept to a minimum, with insults such as "b*tch" being used and other minor language. You should definitely check this movie out. On a bit of a side note, the soundtrack is also really good.