I did a little research on those Snow White adaptations and apparently this modern day flick called Sydney White is also a spin-off. Amanda Bynes may not be all that right now but in her She’s the Man days, she was quite fun to watch on screen. With that said, I turned on Sydney White, got myself a glass of fizzy sparkling juice from Ikea and sat back to relax. My expectations aren’t high so all I ask for is some form of entertainment.
Let’s see if they can pull it off 😉
Sydney White (2007)
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Matt Long, Sara Paxton, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Crystal Hunt, Adam Hendershott, Danny Strong, Samm Levine, Arnie Pantoja
Every fairy tale eventually gets retold in the modern day high school or college environment. Sydney White is set in university and fraternity houses and all that jazz. When Sydney White goes to college as a freshman through a scholarship, she is following her mom’s footsteps. However, Rachel, the president of the house doesn’t like her and when her initiation/pledge tasks is over, she was left outside with nowhere to go. Luckily, the Vortex, housing a bunch (seven) of dorks/nobodies on campus takes her in. As she tries to get them to rebel against Rachel and all the oppression they get by becoming school council, she leads them by changing their abilities a little bit by bit and hopefully gain back some rights for their “house”.
I’m not going to lie. Sydney White is a rather ridiculous retelling of the Snow White story. Maybe its so ridiculous that I ended up laughing a lot, probably at the movie. Still, entertaining level very much there. This time around, we don’t have an evil stepmother but rather some evil girls/”sisters” who want to destroy her. Instead of the seven dwarfs, we now have the seven dorks. Campus is the “castle” and the king is not royalty but a common plumber. There’s quite a bit of twists and sometimes these modern reimaginings are a little crazy and out there and the puns are kind of eye-rolling worthy but the effort to entertain through absurdity is always there. Some might think its lame…and there definitely are some of those parts.
And well, the prince, right up there, is okay. He’s a good enough looking guy to carry the part. He was pretty funny also. His part worked out good. Like most Snow White princes, he didn’t have to do much, right? I guess. Okay, enough about the prince. all he has to be is a pretty face with a little personality and I was alright with it.
What I’d like to discuss is Amanda Bynes. I haven’t seen a bunch of her movies, not that she has all that many but after this movie, I’d confirmed one thing: Amanda Bynes has one sort of acting thing and if you enjoyed her in She’s the Man, then you might enjoy her here because its pretty much an extremely similar version.
However, the most entertaining is always the seven dwarfs or dorks or whatever version you want to call them here. These guys have all different personalities and their own little issues and its kind of a secret we learn bit by bit just like Sydney does and they make the movie pretty funny at times.
As with any of these college things, its about change. Our heroine in modern times is always someone who fights for change in some sort of status quo. So look, Sydney White is the modern version of Snow White set in university and there’s some entertaining bits and some creative little play on the original and there’s a good looking prince. Amanda Bynes does her thing and its all rather predictable and even some kind of lame puns. Its a mixed basket. I probably won’t go and watch it again but for a one time thing, its okay. I didn’t hate it but I’ll probably forget it a few days later (as I have because I’m finishing this up on the cruise and I can’t seem to remember the Prince’s name and its charging me per minute here so I don’t want to bother to look it up.)
Have you seen Sydney White? What are your thoughts on Amanda Bynes?