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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 Romantic Comedy starring Amanda Bynes (The Amanda Show) and Channing Tatum. Not a critically acclaimed film (then again many romantic teen films are generally not), it bears some resemblance to Twelfth Night, clearly an attempt to capitalize on the success of Ten Things I Hate About You which updated The Taming of the Shrew. While not as close of a High School AU as Ten Things I Hate About You 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 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, no not that one), 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. Contrived Coincidence? We think not!

With the help of a Gay Best Friend, Viola becomes Sebastian!Viola, enters Illyria, and voilà! (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 it's not like divorced parents ever call each other to care for their children.) Her roommate is Duke, the eventual Love Interest, 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 Magical Queer magic, Sebastian!Viola is accepted into Duke's group of friends but is still second string for the boys soccer team.

Enter Olivia who becomes Sebastian!Viola's lab partner, though Duke has a massive crush on her. Duke, who has issues talking to girls, tells Sebastian!Viola this and asks for her his her help. And so begins the Love Dodecahedron as described in the poster (see above)


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