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She’s the Man movie confuses younger viewers

Looking back on the movies I once enjoyed as a child, Shes the Man stands out above many others.
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Looking back on the movies I once enjoyed as a child, Shes’ the Man stands out above many others.

Looking back on the movies I once enjoyed as a child, Shes’ the Man stands out above many others. However, after showing my 10-year-old sister this movie my perspective has changed.  I’ve found that the She’s the Man   movie confuses younger viewers.

Synopsis

Channing Tatum plays Duke a jock soccer player that lives with Sebastian Johnson/ Viola Johnson which is played by Amanda Bynes. Viola is a superstar on her soccer team but unfortunately, her team gets cut and she finds herself pretending to be her brother at a different school. While her brother goes away to pursue his music career, Viola pretends to be Sebastian and proves that she can handle playing on the boy’s soccer team. Things start to go bad when her brother returns and her true identity is revealed.

My younger self v.s. My younger sister

Back when I was about 8 or 9 this was my favorite movie. Not only was I madly in love with Channing Tatum at the time, I thought the movie was empowering. The message behind the film is to motive young girls to play sports and believe in themselves. I remember feeling as though I could play just as well or better than the boys my age. However, after showing this movie to my 10-year sister my views have changed.

My sister loves watching my old childhood movies with me because it gives us a common interest. While watching the movie my sister had many concerns regarding why her original boys soccer team wouldn’t allow girls. She also had a hard time understanding why Viola had to dress up as her brother rather than remaining her true self.

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My response and review

As my sister began to ask these questions, I found it hard to explain. Today, women advocate for so much equality especially in sports, where I can understand the confusement. Major changes have been made even since I was a little girl and that makes me proud to be apart of the growth.

I would recommend this movie for kids of the age of 13 and up. I think this becuase it may be easier to describe the struggles women faced back in 2006 without losing the concept of the movie. However, I do think this movie is super cute and empowering for tweens to watch. Therefore, looking back on the movies I once enjoyed as a child, Shes’ the Man stands out above many others. Although I’ve found that the She’s the Man movie confuses younger viewers. I still find the movie worth watching.

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This perdicatment made me curious as to how many movies out their portray misleading ways of life such as this one. Will we have explain every movie to future generations? Should these movies be altered? How can old movies like these be proof of major change in society? I think all these questions are extremely valid and pondering. Encorage young adults today to present old movies to younger generations to show how things have changed. I believe watching old movies and TV shows can help reflect and motivate society today to continue to fight for equal change and opportunity.

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Jacqueline (Jackie) Poznanski is a 17-year-old senior at Colonia High School. Poznanski has lived in Colonia all her life. She attended Lynn Crest Elementary School, graduated from Colonia Middle School, and now attends Colonia High School. She is grateful for all the memories and friendships Colonia has provided her throughout her childhood and high school years thus far. Poznanski enjoys many things, such as reading books, watching movies, dancing, and hanging out with friends and family. But most importantly she loves to dance, she has been dancing for about twelve years and continues to dance at the Center for Dance Education in Clark, NJ. The studio she attends has helped her grow a love for dance so much that she aspires to continue her dance education through a college. In addition, she pushes herself to be a straight-A student and continues to expand her academic ability every day. When she is not dancing or at school, she enjoys spending time with her brother and sister or going to the beach with friends and family. Poznanski is excited to continue her journey as a member of The Colonia Declaration Newspaper and hopes to inform her school and community on current events and news. 

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