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->''Duke '''wants''' Olivia who '''likes''' Sebastian who is really Viola whose brother is '''dating''' Monique so she '''hates''' Olivia who's with Duke to make Sebastian '''jealous''' who is really Viola who's '''crushing''' on Duke who thinks she's a guy...''
-->-- Tagline for the movie

''She's the Man'' is a 2006 teenaged RomanticComedy starring Amanda Bynes (''TheAmandaShow'') and [[MrFanservice Channing Tatum]]. Not a critically acclaimed film (then again many romantic teen films are generally not), it bears some resemblance to ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', clearly an attempt to capitalize on the success of ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' which updated ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''. While not as close of a HighSchoolAU as ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' was to its source material (nor as big of an success) it has its moments.

Basically, {{Tomboy}} Viola (Amanda Bynes) is intensely into soccer, so much that when her school, Cornwall, cancels the girl's soccer team and refuses to let her play on the boy's soccer team she hatches a [[SweetPollyOliver brilliant plan to show them and her Jerkass ex-boyfriend that a girl can play just as well as a boy.]] Basically, Viola has a twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk, [[NamesTheSame no, not]] [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries that one]]), [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief to whom we can pretend she is similar in appearance,]] and this brother has decided to run off to London for two weeks to play with his rock band just before he is to start at Corwall's rival school, Illyria. The perfect timing for Viola to pretend to be her twin at his new school and play soccer on their boy's team. ContrivedCoincidence? We think not!

With the help of a [[PetHomosexual Gay Best Friend]], Viola becomes Sebastian!Viola, enters Illyria, and [[IncrediblyLamePun voilą!]] (the pesky problem of how their parents aren't realizing what's going on is that Illyria is a boarding school and the parents are divorced, so both Viola and Sebastian simply tell each that they are staying with the other, because [[FridgeLogic it's not like divorced parents ever call each other to care for their children.]]) Her roommate is Duke, the eventual LoveInterest, [[CaptainObvious obviously]] but Sebastian!Viola has problems at first because of Sebastian's permanent record (he's a troublemaker, what can we say) and the fact that Viola is still a girl. Eventually with the sprinkling of MagicalQueer magic, Sebastian!Viola is accepted into Duke's group of friends but is still second string for the boys soccer team.

Enter [[RomanticFalseLead Olivia]] who becomes Sebastian!Viola's lab partner, though Duke has a [[StalkerWithaCrush massive crush on her]]. Duke, [[DramaticIrony who has issues talking to girls, tells Sebastian!Viola]] this and asks for [[strike:her]] [[strike:his]] ''her'' help. And so begins the LoveDodecahedron as described in the poster (see above)
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Viola loves Duke, who loves Olivia, who loves Sebastian, who is actually Viola. Eventually they get it all sorted out happily, though.
* AlwaysCamp
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Monique in the bathroom stall while Viola and Olivia are talking.
* BillyElliotPlot: The basic plot revolves around the fact Viola isn't taken seriously as a female footballer.
* BrickJoke: "Do you like cheese? My favorite's Gouda."
** Viola tries to cover up the discovery of her tampons by pretending she uses them for nosebleeds. Later after Duke gets into a fight, she returns back to their room only to find him with a tampon up his nose.
* ButtMonkey: Malcolm, who plays the character of Malvolio in the original.
* ChewingTheScenery: Amanda Bynes bites into the scenery and doesn't let it go when she's playing Sebastian.
* [[DrillSergeantNasty Coach Nasty]]: Subverted. Coach Dinklage starts out as one of these, but turns out to be a pretty okay guy in the end.
* CompressedHair: Viola's long, thick hair somehow fits underneath a fairly short wig. While any cosplayer can tell you it's possible with a wig cap and hair grips, Viola's shown to wear the wig directly on top of her hair.
* CoversAlwaysLie: {{Tomboy}} Viola doesn't like dresses and high heel shoes, and in the movie she exclusively wears pants/shorts and sneakers even when she's dressed a herself and not Sebastian!Viola. The only few times she wears a dress is because her mother forces her to. Yet on the cover she's wearing a very short skirt and high heels.
* [[EekAMouse Eek, a Tarantula!]]
* ExactWords: After Viola switches with her brother in the game, she convinces her coach to give her a second chance by saying "I've changed."
* MrFanservice: Channing Tatum, who spends a lot of the movie without a shirt on. He's even introduced shirtless.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Olivia Lennox has Duke and Malcolm chasing her and the rest of the guys admiring her but she would rather have the honest Sebastian.
* FundraiserCarnival
* GenderBender: Confusion all around when no-one can seem to tell that Viola is Sebastian...
* GenreSavvy: Principal Gold can recognize the CrashIntoHello between Viola and Olivia as soon as it happens.
** During his meeting with Viola he lampshades that he'll probably ending up running into her at inopportune times.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Sebastian!Viola convincing the coach to put her back into play after the real Sebastian had been substituted.
* GroinAttack: When Viola gets hit by the soccer ball. Could also be a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Viola can get away with looking like Sebastian, but she clearly is...er...a girl.
* HighSchoolAU: Of Theatre/TwelfthNight.
* HilarityEnsues: Everything gets messed up just in time for the climax at the soccer game. It's Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Seriously.
* HookedUpAfterwards: Several characters such as Olivia and Sebastian (the real one), Justin and Monique and also its hinted that Andrew and Paul get together.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: "I've gotta go change my...feet."
* {{Incoming}}
* IsItJustMe
* LoveDodecahedron: The tagline pokes fun at this.
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Viola lives through Sebastian...well, just his life really.
* MistakenForObjectOfAffection: One night Olivia decides go through with and surprise "Sebastian" with a kiss. [[spoiler:She unknowingly kisses the real Sebastian, who has no idea who this infatuated girl is.]]
* MythologyGag: Numerous references to lines from the original play come up, either slightly altered ("You're weaving a really tangled web here") or direct ("Some have greatness thrust upon them"). And although Malvolio's character in the original play is replaced by a guy named Malcolm, Malcolm's pet tarantula is named Malvolio.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: The tampax moment. One of the most hilarious parts of the movie.
* OutOfCharacterMoment
* PairTheSpares: Olivia and Sebastian? They don't know each other and Viola just gets them together at the end of the soccer game. In some ways it makes ''more'' sense than the source material. Introducing your brother to your friend who you think will be good for him and then them going to a party together is rather less silly than the actual marriage that happens in the play.
** Toby and Eunice as well, they even appear at the debutante party at the end.
* PaperThinDisguise: It's fairly [[CaptainObvious obvious]], when Sebastian and Viola are on screen together, that no-one could possibly confuse them for the same person.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the beginning. No one at the school had ''seen'' Sebastian before. Afterwards, that's a little less plausible.
* PassionateSportsGirl: All Viola wants to do is play soccer. When the girls' team gets cut and she isn't allowed to try out for the boys team she realizes that if she joins the rival team and beats the school that rejected her she can prove that she should get to play.
* PetHomosexual: Paul.
* PolarOppositeTwins
* {{Sarashi}}: Viola binds her chest with bandages. At one point, they get caught in a cabinet drawer during a talk with the principal. She tries to pass it off as just leaning there while she struggles to get the bandage free.
* RuleOfCool: Viola was not a student at Sebastian's school. Their team should have had to forfeit when the truth was revealed. On the other hand, if Viola's school had tried to invoke that rule, Sebastian's could have pointed out that refusing to even let the girls try out violated Title IX.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Probably how Olivia sees Sebastian and Duke not knowing Sebastian is actually a girl.
* SettingUpdate
* ShareTheMalePain: When Viola gets hit in the crotch with a soccer ball, all the boys wince. Yet she doesn't notice... until a few moments later and then starts faking her pain.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Out of all the guys who likes her, Olivia prefers honest Sebastian (who is actually Viola in disguise). She would later meet and fall in love with the real Sebastian.
* SoundEffectBleep: Just as Viola is about tell her ex-boyfriend just what she thinks of him, the coach blows his whistle.
* StalkerWithACrush: Duke to Olivia.
** Also Malcolm to Olivia
-->[[HollywoodToneDeaf "I see you through my window, as I'm standing on a tree outsideeee."]]
* SweetPollyOliver: Viola whenever she's dressed as Sebastian.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Duke's reaction to Viola when she's dressed as Sebastian
* {{Tomboy}}: Viola, as much as her mother wants her to be a "lady."
* TwelfthNightAdventure: Well, it is based on Twelfth Night...
* TwinSwitch: Viola takes her twin brother's place at Illyria.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Viola and Sebastian look passable as HalfIdenticalTwins, although when both are onscreen at the same time it's obvious nobody could mistake them for the other.
** Mentioned in the audio commentary when they discuss the difficulty of casting a man who looked like Amanda Bynes.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Channing Tatum. In several scenes. [[LGBTFanbase Yay]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Malcolm's tarantula disappears from the movie after the scene where it scares Duke and Viola.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Viola
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: The audience can pretend Viola looks like Sebastian. It works fairly well.
** She can pull off looking like a boy. Looking like her brother takes a bit more suspension.
*** It's stated early on that no-one at Illyria has seen Sebastian, so looking like a boy is the only thing that counts.
* YouGoGirl: When Viola isn't taken seriously by her sexist soccer coach, she attempts to prove him wrong by joining the opposing school's team.
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