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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sydney White

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

*1/2
Sydney White
Studio: Universal
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Matthew Long
Director: Joe Nussbaum
WorkNameSort: Sydney White
Our Rating: 1.50

Amanda Bynes stars as a salt-of-the-earth high-school graduate who enters college with dreams of joining her late mother’s sorority, which is now overrun by a totalitarian witch and her cabal of elitist buxom blondes. So she bands together the nerd fraternity – a bunch of the most stereotypical dorks you’ve ever seen, with their inhalers and social awkwardness and Fangoria T-shirts – to take down the Greek establishment while converting her frat-boy love interest. A movie about college life that’s targeted to kids, this derivative tween comedy doesn’t present the most authentic vision of a girl’s collegiate rude awakenings: I Am Charlotte Simmons it ain’t. It is, or claims to be, a revisionist take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, something you’ll forget until the movie bluntly hits you with Snow White symbolism every 20 minutes or so. There’s not a funny moment in the film, but it does have a local angle: It was shot in Orlando, and the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College, the Florida Citrus Bowl, the UCF fitness center and members of the UCF marching band all appear.

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