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'Sydney White'
(Amanda Bynes, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2008 / Universal)

Overview: America's sweetheart Amanda Bynes stars in the fun comedy Sydney White! When tomboy Sydney (Bynes) is banished from the most popular sorority on campus, she is taken in by seven socially challenged but endearing guys. With the help of her new friends, Sydney stands up for outcasts everywhere and takes on the reigning campus queen in a popularity showdown! But can she succeed and also win the heart of gorgeous frat guy Tyler Prince? You'll love this hilarious and sweet age-old story with a charming modern-day twist!

DVD Verdict: Presently mired in infantile dreck like "Sydney White", the hugely talented Amanda Bynes must be counting down the days to 2011, when she will receive her first of two Oscars for Best Actress. Gazing in my crystal ball here, I see that in 2010 Amanda will have a small role in a Woody Allen film that consists of little more than Woody's inane musings.

Her role, however however minuscule, prompts studios other than Disney to start taking her seriously, and she is offered a lead role opposite Jude Law in a gripping, heart-wrenching drama. The following February, she is standing onstage at the Kodak Theatre, having beat out Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench and Mary-Kate Olsen (don't ask).

Until that glorious day, however, we are forced to watch our favorite actress attempting to slog through poorly-written, cliche-laden nonsense like "Sydney White." Although our Amanda gives it her usual 110%, the premise and script are so poor she might as well not have bothered.

As for the others, John Schneider is always a welcome addition to any screen. Sara Paxton does a good job as Rachel Witchburn. Crystal Hunt, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Adam Hendershott, Danny Strong, Samm Levine, Donte Bonner all do their God-given best in their respective supporting roles. But, in truth Arnie Pantoja steals the show as the "Dopey"-est dork!

But seeing Bynes in this film is like watching somebody attempt to go off-roading in a Rolls-Royce. A horrible, jaw-clenching waste. So in short, if you're an Amanda fan, skip this one, if you're Amanda, when Woody calls, pick up the phone on the first ring! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Welcome to the Vortex
The Skooze
Sydney White and Her Prince
Kappa's Forever
The Original Dork: Rubix Cube
Meet the 7 Dorks
Theatrical Trailer

Sydney White Quiz