She’s the Man
Amanda Bynes starring as Viola Hastings in the romantic comedy, She’s the Man, represents girl power to young moviegoers. I will give those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to watch a brief summary of what happens in this film. When the girl’s soccer team at Violas school gets dismantled, she asks the boys soccer coach to join their team. The coach refuses to let any girls on his team because he thinks girls are not skilled enough to play or compete with boys. Viola decides to pose as her twin brother and tryout for the boy’s soccer team at the rival school. She plans to help the rival team win against her school to prove that girls can play at the same level as boys. She succeeds in joining the team as her brother and everything goes accordingly except for a love triangle that develops. Her identity is exposed during the middle of the game against the boy’s team from her school. The rival team’s coach allows her to continue to play because he is aware of her great abilities having watched her practice all season with his team. She ends up scoring the winning goal and proves to everyone that girls can play at the boys level.
The character Viola can be viewed as a true inspiration to young women. She demonstrates in this movie that a woman should not let a man’s sexist ways stop her from following her passions. I find it very interesting that this popular movie came out in the year 2006. Women are still dealing with gender stereotypes everyday even though we have come along way in establishing equality with men. I think that even though this is a comedic film it is sufficient in raising the awareness of young girls to prejudices against gender. The writers of the movie have made it so that Viola’s identity exposed prior to the completion of the game. This is an important detail in that she ends up beating the opposing guys team as a woman, which I believe to have a stronger impact on the viewer than if she were exposed after the game. In actually getting to watch Viola play with the boys as herself and not as her brother allows the woman power message come across more clearly. Viola does not let her being a woman stop her from following her soccer star dreams and that is why she is a true hero.