Sydney White

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Sydney White

Poster of the film Sydney White.
Directed byJoe Nussbaum
Produced byJames G. Robinson
David C. Robinson
Clifford Werber
Written byChad Creasey
Narrator(s)Amanda Bynes
StarringAmanda Bynes
Sara Paxton
Matt Long
John Schneider
Crystal Hunt
CinematographyMark Irwin
Editing byDanny Saphire
StudioMorgan Creek
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date(s)September 21, 2007
Running time1 hour 47 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$13,620,075[1]
 
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Sydney White

Poster of the film Sydney White.
Directed byJoe Nussbaum
Produced byJames G. Robinson
David C. Robinson
Clifford Werber
Written byChad Creasey
Narrator(s)Amanda Bynes
StarringAmanda Bynes
Sara Paxton
Matt Long
John Schneider
Crystal Hunt
CinematographyMark Irwin
Editing byDanny Saphire
StudioMorgan Creek
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date(s)September 21, 2007
Running time1 hour 47 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$13,620,075[1]

Sydney White also known as Sydney White and the Seven Dorks is a 2007 teen comedy film starring Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, and Matt Long, and based on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Plot

Sydney White (Amanda Bynes) is the daughter of a plumber, Paul White (John Schneider). Her mother, a Kappa Sorority member, died when Sydney was still young. She sets off to study in a SAU and to pledge to her mother's once dignified sorority. There she meets Demetria Rosemead Hotchkiss (Crystal Hunt), known as Dinky, also an upcoming member of the Kappa Sorority. While on their way to their dorm, she meets Tyler Prince (Matt Long), the president of a fraternity, and the on-off boyfriend of the president of the student council and the head of the Kappa Sorority, Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton).

As one of the Kappa Sorority's traditional rituals, the freshmen need to find a date late at midnight. Sydney finds Lenny (Jack Carpenter), one of the seven dorks, known as the Vortex. Sydney is then picked by Rachel to ditch her date, which ended in Lenny paying. Meanwhile, Rachel is becoming more and more jealous as Sydney becomes closer to Tyler.

Sydney fails to become a member of Kappa when Rachel insists she has disobeyed the rules: lying about her background and cheating on a Kappa quiz. Sydney leaves that night in the rain, unintentionally sitting in front of Vortex's home. She is welcomed by the seven dorks, Lenny, the sneezy one, Terrence (Jeremy Howard), the genius one, Jeremy (Adam Hendershott), the shy one who only uses his puppet to talk, Gurkin (Danny Strong), the hot-tempered blogger, Spanky (Samm Levine), the one who has no experience with girls, George (Arnie Pantoja), the childlike one who still believes in Santa Claus and doesn't know how to tie a knot, and Embele (Donté Bonner), who remains sleeping.

Sydney, together with the seven dorks, tries to bring Rachel down from her student council position by running Terrence for president. He is soon disqualified because he had already graduated six years prior. Sydney replaces him as a presidential candidate and starts her campaign. The day before the debate and election, Rachel hires someone to hack Sydney's files. She is then forced to stay up all night in the library doing her work on Gurkin's laptop. When Sydney finishes her work, she accidentally falls asleep and is almost disqualified for not showing up. But Tyler wakes her with a kiss just in time. After Rachel answers the question posed by Professor Carleton (Brian Patrick Clarke), Sydney's supporters come led by the goth girl (Kierstin Koppel) whom Gurkin had met. Sydney's speech defends the underrated people, including dorks and concludes by stating that she herself is a dork. This incites a number of students to also admit that dork status including Tyler, Jeremy, Spanky and Dinky. Sydney wins the debate and the election becoming the new president, while Rachel is stripped of her Kappa sisterhood by her sisters.

The film ends with Sydney father and other construction workers fixing Vortex's home. New relationships have formed as well. Dinky and Lenny are now a couple. Spanky is finally getting some girls. The goth girl and Gurkin are dating. Sydney and Tyler are together. George has learned how to tie a knot. Jeremy is finally coming out off his shell. And Terrence has become a millionaire because of his theory.

Cast

Singer-actress Mandy Moore has made a cameo appearance as a Cheerleader #2.

Critical reception

"Sydney White" has received mixed reviews. As of September 21, 2007 on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 37% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 75 reviews (a movie is considered "rotten" when it receives less than 60% positive reviews).[2] Film critic Laura Kern of the New York Times said: "Ms. Bynes, with her cherubic face, expressive eyes and comic timing, helps create a positive, pleasing diversion that caters to the geek in all of us."[3]

A top critic on Rotten Tomatoes stated: "...should satisfy Bynes fans looking for a pleasant, innocuous follow-up to her last vehicle."

On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 44 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.[4]

"Sydney White's message of embracing all kinds of people and not quaking in fear of the elite and popular is a sound one, but each twist and turn is so telegraphed and expected that the story feels wan and the comedy feeble." —Claudia Puig, USA Today[this quote needs a citation]

Production notes

Filming took place in and around Orlando from February 14, 2007 to April 4, 2007. Filming locations included the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and University High School (Orlando).

Box office

The film opened at #6 at the U.S. Box office raking in $5,196,380 USD in its first opening weekend.

Rating

The film was rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some language, sexual humor, and partying.

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