Teen romance movies are sweet and heartwarming, and it is no wonder we love to cozy up in our blankets and enjoy these movies’ cliché and cheesy storylines. What’s better than a teen romance mixed with other genres and elements of reality! For example, Andy Fickman She’s The Man has left its audience wowed.
What Is She’s The Man About?
Released in 2006, this light-hearted comedy was adapted from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. It stars the beautiful Amanda Bynes, heartthrob Channing Tatum and a couple of other stunning stars.
Andy Fickman’s She’s The Man was a great hit, as it got positive reviews from critics praising Amanda Bynes’ acting. Viola is a girl who loves to play soccer, but her team is defeated, and she cannot play on the boy’s team.
She disguises herself as her twin brother, Sebastian, and decides to play in his school’s soccer team and the tournament.
When her brother plans on going to London with his band, Viola agrees to cover up for him in a boarding school he is to enroll in for a while. As she covers for him, she uses this as an advantage to play in the male football team.
She plans to lay low and play. While her plan seems easy at first glance, it proves challenging when her alter ego catches the eyes of a particular girl and a remarkably handsome boy catches her eye. She also realizes that acting like a boy while sharing a room with a boy isn’t a piece of cake.
Things get even more complicated when her brother returns from London, and everything might crumble with his arrival. Although there are no scenes where nudity is present, it is hinted at.
She’s The Man is a rollercoaster of emotions that would leave you rolling on the floor and smiling softly at the screen. The movie combines comedy, sports, gender-bending or swapping, and teen romance.
Many movies fall into these categories, and if you wish to watch something similar to She’s The Man, here are the 12 best movies you should check out.
1. Mean Girls (2004)
English 1h 37m IMDb
Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams
If you are searching for a high school romance about fitting in, Mean Girls Is just for you. After moving back to The States from Africa, Cady has difficulty fitting in at her new school as she had been homeschooled all her life.
She eventually catches the eyes of the Mean Girls, three girls who rule the school. Although she has an ulterior motive for joining the trio, she gets sucked into their lifestyle. In an attempt to take revenge for a betrayal, she suddenly becomes like them, a Mean Girl.
The official trailer would show you how much fun, laughter, and emotions you would encounter in the movie. Critics believe that not only will fans of high school movies find this wholesome, but they will also find it authentic and original.
2. Twelfth Night (1996)
English 2h 14m IMDb
Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs
If there is one movie that is, in fact, very similar to She’s The Man, then it has to be the Twelfth Night. The movie’s official trailer would give you a glimpse of how watch-worthy the film is. This movie about gender confusion also has twins bearing Viola and Sebastian.
While on board a soon-to-be-wrecked ship, Viola and Sebastian use their looks to fool passengers. They are separated when they are shipwrecked, leaving Viola to believe that her brother is dead.
While hurting and mourning, she sees this as an opportunity to get closer to Duke Orsino, a man she adores. She cuts her hair and takes up her brother’s identity. While this seems like a great idea, it leads to a couple of misunderstandings.
Many viewers consider the movie an outstanding and excellent experience, even those with no background in Shakespeare literature.
3. 17 Again (2009)
English 1h 42m IMDb
Director: Burr Steers
Stars: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann
After giving up on a potential basketball scholarship to go after his pregnant girlfriend, Mike O’ Donnell becomes a boring family man 37 years later. With his marriage on the verge of a divorce, he moves in with his wealthy best friend.
Although there seems to be no hope, he finds one when he suddenly wakes up as his younger 17 years old self. He sees this as an opportunity to fix things up with his children and wife and is ready to take up the challenge.
Those who have watched it describe the movie as a predictable but harmless body-swap comedy, with Zac Efron’s charms present to make teenage girls swoon. Watch the official trailer for a little peek of the laughter session you’d be getting yourself into.
4. Wild Child (2008)
English (United Kingdom) 1h 38m IMDb
Director: Nick Moore
Stars: Emma Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Richardson
If you loved She’s The Man for its teenage drama and sport-themed plot, then you would also love Wild Child. Starring Emma Roberts as the main act, Wild Child revolves around Poppy Moore, a spoiled brat who is against her father dating anybody after her mother’s death.
When she pulls the last straw by ruining all her father’s girlfriend’s belongings, she is shipped off to an all-girls school in England. There, she meets a strict headmistress, a head girl who hates her, and a boy who is out of bounds.
The official trailer shows how much teen drama is in store for you as you indulge yourself in the movie. Viewers hold that the film engages an appealing cast from both the States and England and still manages to be very entertaining.
5. She’s All That (1999)
English 1h 35m IMDb
Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard
The official trailer of this movie would show you just how much of a cliche yet very cozy high school plot it has. After his girlfriend, Taylor, leaves him for a television personality, Zack Siller is humiliated and seeks a way to remain at the top of the school’s social ladder.
He bets with his friends to turn any girl into Prom Queen material, a scheme to show that he doesn’t need Taylor to be the ‘big man.’ His friends pick Laney, an art enthusiast and outcast of the school.
After much difficulty, he becomes friends with her, but things don’t go as planned as he begins to fall for the girl. Many have tagged the movie as one of the most iconic, listing it as both funny and charming.
6. John Tucker Must Die (2006)
English 1h 29m IMDb
Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: esse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel
John Tucker is a player, and not everyone knows. He is dating three girls from different cliques simultaneously, so they never find out. When the three girls, Beth, Heather, and Carrie, are put on the same volleyball team as Kate, they discover John’s way and later break his heart.
The four girls create a bond and plan to take revenge on John. To do this, they plan to make John fall in love with Kate. As always, this plan does not go as they want as the feelings of both parties manage to get in the way.
Watch the official trailer on YouTube to know what you will be getting into. Viewers have said that this teen’s dark humor epitomizes a sweet romantic comedy.
7. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
English 1h 52m IMDb
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jess, who is from an Indian family living in Britain, is obsessed with playing football. That is all she wants to do, but she cannot because her father, who had once suffered racial discrimination while on a cricket team, refuses to let her go through that.
She, however, goes behind his back to play football at the park with her friend. With the help of Pinky, her sister, who is about to get married, she moves on to break her father’s rules and play the sports she loves.
A critic’s consensus describes this movie as sweet, inspiring, and filled with determination and compassion. The official trailer on YouTube will pull you in to watch the film.
8. The DUFF (2015)
English 1h 41m IMDb
Director: Ari Sandel
Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
Start by taking a peek into this mesmerizing movie by watching the official trailer on YouTube.
After Bianca finds out from her childhood friend turned school star boy that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of her group of friends, she finds it heartbreaking and cuts off all ties with her two famous best friends, Jess and Casey.
Deciding that she needs a makeover and change in appearance, she enlists the help of Wesley, her former friend, to give her a transformation and get her dream guy.
What was meant to be a harmless deal between them gets rumpled up by emotions, feelings, and even some comic situations. Fans of the Duff have described it as a movie with good writing and acting crowned with a worthy message.
9. Switch (1991)
English 1h 43m IMDb
Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams
While this movie isn’t set in a high school or for the teenage demographic, it still has elements of romance and gender-switching, making it very much like She’s The Man.
After his death, Steve Brooks, a misogynist, is given a chance to amend and make up for all of his mistakes by coming back to earth as a woman. Having to work with one of the ladies who murdered him, he is to find someone who would love him for who he is.
Along with finding out how hated he is, he soon begins to realize just how many mistakes he made, seeing life through a woman’s eyes and finally understanding how much men like his former self made women feel.
Making up for his mistake doesn’t come on a platter, as he has to jump over the hurdles he had laid down. Critics have said that the movie is a light-hearted romantic comedy that would make you laugh heartily in some instances. Watch the official trailer on YouTube to know what you are getting into.
10. Stick It (2006)
English 1h 43m IMDb
Director: Jessica Bendinger
Stars: Missy Peregrym, Jeff Bridges, Vanessa Lengies
In sports movies about breaking the rules, Stick It comes next. While this movie has no romance elements, it still manages to touch viewers’ hearts. The official trailer only shows the movie’s defining moments.
Haley Graham is a rebellious teen who was once a talented gymnast but, after forfeiting in the middle of a big challenge, becomes one of the most hated. After her early retirement, she takes on the life of a troublemaker, breaking the rules and ignoring the laws.
However, after running with the law, she is forced to plunge back into the life of gymnastics against her will. Soon, secrets are revealed, and even more, rules are broken as she steps toward revolution against the gymnastics judging system.
For many who have watched it, the movie is heartwarming and an insight into the world of gymnasts.
11. Sydney White (2007)
English 1h 48m IMDb
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long
This sweet and hearty comedy is Joe Nussbaum’s take on Disney’s Classic, Snow White.
After Sydney White is rejected from the sorority her mother was once in because of the leader’s jealousy, she teams up with the ‘seven dorks’ to plot revenge on Rachael and strips her of her title as Student President.
The movie has many allusions to Snow White, including the ‘poisoned apple’ and the magical kiss that wakes up White. Watch the movie’s official trailer to know what you will be getting into. Apart from the many positive comments the film has gotten, it also has critics praising Amanda Bynes for her outstanding work.
12. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
English 1h 37m IMDb
Director: Gil Junger
Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Bianca and her elder sister, Kat, have an overprotective father who refuses to let either date until they graduate. Bianca, who wishes to date a senior, Joey, takes to pestering her father into allowing her to date.
Her father, an obstetrician, scared of teenage pregnancy, agrees to let her date only when her antisocial sister begins to date. This he says because he knows that Kat wouldn’t get in a relationship anytime soon, but Bianca sees this as a small hurdle to cross.
She enlists the help of three guys, including new student Cameron who has a crush on her. The official trailer on YouTube has gotten a lot of reactions. Critics have described the movie as having a funny and fresh take on all things cliché teenage movies.
If you have watched She’s The Man and are looking for other movies to bring back that nostalgia you felt as you watched the movie, then you should check out the list above.
You’ll not only be reminded of high school shenanigans, but their comedy-filled romantic scenes will warm your heart and emphasize messages that hit home.