Hear me out: why She’s the Man isn’t a bad movie

Hear me out: why She’s the Man isn’t a bad movie

The Guardian

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Continuing our series of writers defending loathed films is a reappraisal of Amanda Bynes’s gender-swapping 2006 comedy

I’m sure you must be wondering why a movie in which there is a scene where Amanda Bynes, playing a girl pretending to be her brother, screws up her face to stridently declare in a cartoonishly male voice, “I am a dude. I am a hunky dude! I’m a badass hunky dude!” was not lauded for being an example of comic excellence. OK, maybe you’re not wondering that but I certainly am. This is one of the most spectacular moments of hilarity in She’s the Man, the 2006 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a stone-cold teen comedy classic that deserves far more recognition than the mediocre reviews gave it.

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