• Publication date: May 15, 2011

A modern teenage spin on a Shakespeare classic She's the Man: Playing for the other team is harder than she thinks

When soccer player Viola Hastings discovers that her school Cornwall High is dropping the girls' team from its athletic program, she decides to disguise herself as a man and play for her school�s rival team, Illyria.

When soccer player Viola Hastings discovers that her school Cornwall High is dropping the girls' team from its athletic program, she decides to disguise herself as a man and play for her school�s rival team, Illyria.

Viola�s plan works perfectly as her brother, Sebastian, has decided to skip the first part of the school year and head overseas to enter a contest with his rock band. Viola uses his absence as an opportunity to take his place and try out for the Illyria soccer team disguised as her brother.

Also serving as motivation is Viola's desire to humiliate her conceited and insensitive ex-boyfriend, Justin, who happens to be the goalie for Cornwall's boys' team. To help complete the transformation in to �Sebastian,� Viola enlists her female friends' help, who pretend to have a crush on �him.�

Meanwhile, Viola has developed a secret crush on her roommate, Illyria striker, Duke Orsino. Not only is her disguise an obstacle to getting his attention, but Duke also has his eye on Viola's lab partner, Olivia. Viola agrees to help Duke make inroads with Olivia if he'll agree to give her extra soccer instruction after school.

The additional practice pays off, as �Sebastian� makes first string on the boys' team. But the other half of the plan goes awry when Olivia ends up falling for �Sebastian.� Further complicating matters are the various out-of-character slip-ups that Viola has while playing the part of her brother. Some of her classmates develop suspicions about her real identity, and things really get flipped upside down when the real Sebastian returns home sooner than expected.

She's the Man represents another example of a classic Shakespeare play�in this case, Twelfth Night �being successfully reworked for a modern teen audience. The film won top honors in the comedy category at the Teen Choice Awards, with Channing Tatum also picking up an award for Breakout Male Actor.

Year: 2006

Duration: 105 minutes

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring:

Amanda Bynes

Channing Tatum

Laura Ramsey

Vinnie Jones

James Kirk

Director: Andy Fickman

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual material.