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.

By: Jackie Poznanski, Editor

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.

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.

Help grow

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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