“She’s the Man,” Film Takeoff of Twelfth Night, Opens in Theatres March 17

News   “She’s the Man,” Film Takeoff of Twelfth Night, Opens in Theatres March 17
“She’s the Man,” the lastest teen comedy to borrow its plot from the Bard, opens in theatres on March 17.

Twelfth Night is the inspiration of the film, written by Ewan Leslie, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith from a story by Leslie, and directed by Andy Frickman (“Reefer Madness,” “Who’s Your Daddy?”). Most of the names from Shakespeare’s classic tale of mistaken identity and star-crossed love are retained: Amanda Bynes is Viola; Channing Tatum is Duke (as in Orsino); Laura Ramsey is Olivia; Brandon Lay McLaren is Toby; Clifton MaCabe Murray is Andrew; James Kirk is Malcolm; Katie Stuart is Maria. Added are a lot of cheerleaders and characters such as Tall Nerdy Guy and Tilt-a-Whirl Girl.

So how does the film get Viola in britches? Well, when her big brother leaves town for a couple weeks, Viola decides to take his place at his boarding school, dressing up as a boy to pull off the stunt. Romantic complications ensue. (Hey, it makes more sense than the motivation Shakespeare gave Viola.)

Past teen comedies using Bardic plots include “10 Things I Hate About You” (The Taming of the Shrew).

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