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Sydney White
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Feb 4, 2008 By: Mathew Plale
Sydney White order
Director:
Joe Nussbaum

Actors:
Amanda Bynes
Sara Paxton
Matt Long

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In his retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sydney White (Bynes) heads to college only to encounter a witch, a prince, and seven dorks.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Amanda Bynes is never really ever given much to do on-screen other than look cute and trip over herself, maybe sprinkle a little Girl Power on her fanbase. That might be why she’s the perfect Sydney White, a “stand up for the little guy”-kinda tomboy with the daffiest posture you’ll ever see.

Sydney (Bynes, more Dopey than Snow) leaves her job of construction to attend her deceased mother’s alma mater and uphold the White legacy in a gaggle of glossed-over Plastics known as Kappa Phi Nu. But, of course, it’s never that easy—not in a fairytale, not on a college campus. Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), the reigning, eh, witch and Kappa president, sets out to make Sydney’s next four years a living hell.

But it’s not a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retelling without a prince: that’s where Tyler—get this—Prince (Matt Long) comes in. And there are the seven dwarves (dorks), of course: Gurkin, Spanky, and Jeremy (?) stand in for Grumpy, Sneezy, and Bashful (not respectively, as I can’t tell any apart).

There are a number of clever nods to this Chad Gomez Creasey-penned “upgrade”, like the “fairest of them all” Hot or Not MySpace page that Rachel votes on (for herself) daily, the “Heigh-Ho” remix, and poisoned Apple laptop. Though I don’t remember Doc and Sleepy ever leading a mudslinging debate on ninjas vs. pirates…

Sydney White comes a few years after the Hilary Duff-ized A Cinderella Story. And similar to how Duff’s innocent-enough fare can’t fill Cindellera’s glass slipper, Sydney White isn’t likely to put its 1937 grammatically-incorrect grandmother in the Disney Vault. But it’s a fluffy enough stand-in for the 7th-grade sleepover circle.
THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel (3:36): There’s something cute about Amanda Bynes flubbing her lines. The others? Not so much.

Deleted Scenes (12:04): Each of the six scenes are greeted with director Joe Nussbaum’s input regarding what you’re about to see and why it was cut.

The Original Dork (7:01) is the designated “Making of” on the disc. Fans are likely to enjoy.

Sydney and Her Prince (4:30): Bynes and Long are highlighted here, with mucho ass-kissing going towards the duo.

Meet the Dorks (8:07), of course, takes a look at the residence of “The Vortex.”

Kappa’s Forever? (4:13) is similar to the previous feature, but this one is for the sorority sisters.

The Skooze (3:50): Oh, so that was what the handpuppet was all about! How creepy.

Welcome to the Vortex (5:02): Samm Levine (“Spanky”) gives us a tour of the Dorks’ crib. Even creepier.

Theatrical Trailer
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Going in thinking negatively, you just may come out with a smirk. Go in a teenage girl, you'll be giddy all night, maybe even start looking at colleges.
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