Back when Sydney White was coming to theaters, I criticized Universal Pictures for renaming the film from Sydney White and the Seven Dorks to the ridiculously plain and forgettable final title. After all, the movie was supposed to be a modern day, college adaptation of Snow White... But now I know why they changed the title...
Sydney White bears no resemblance to the fairy tale we all know, and using a title that indicated anything else wouldn't have just been another strike against this film. Unfortunately, the title really doesn't matter, as the movie is about as memorable as a bowl of stale potato chips. Surprise, surprise, the movie stars Amanda Bynes, who seems to have made a career out of starring in lame teen romantic comedies that rarely make any money. Seriously, Bynes has starred in the same film about ten times now, and none of them are worth a minute of your time.
Like Bynes' other comedies, Sydney White relies on an awkward lead character who knows she's hot but doesn't have the confidence to back it up. The result is a bunch of jokes involving Bynes' stumbling her way through her dialogue; it's intentional, but still not funny. Also, like usual, the movie is as cookie cutter as they come: this one is about a group of misfits in a nerdy fraternity house who try to take down the bitchy sorority girls via student body elections. As one might expect, the seven dorks end up with some attractive women, Bynes winds up with the ex-boyfriend of the "evil witch" and they go on to live happily ever after.
Sydney White really isn't funny in any way or form, and it's amazing that Bynes is still holding onto these kind of movies. Maybe she's realized that if she changes course and decides to do some real movies no one will take her seriously, but is anyone taking her seriously now?<
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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