Title: He’s all that
Actors: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
Genre: Romantic comedy
My Rating: 4.5/10
He’s all that
Padgett lives alone with her mother and they don’t have a lot of money, although Padgett started to earn money through sponsorships on social media. But she also pretends that she has a perfect life, that she is rich and has the perfect boyfriend. But then she finds her boyfriend cheating and it was recorded live on camera. But after her break-up, she claims she can turn anyone into the new prom king for a bet. Her friends pick Cameron, the nerdy boy.
Obviously, this is a remake of the 90’s movie ‘she’s all that’. In that movie, a guy broke up with his girlfriend and he turns a nerdy girl into a prom queen. But you could already tell that she was so gorgeous. Same for this movie, they only cut the guys hair and gave him fancy clothes. it would have been more impressive if it was a total make-over.
Anyway, I was kind of scared to watch this movie because it is a remake and those movies are never really that great. At least, not better than the original. And I still agree with that, because I would still prefer the original. This one also really focused on social media. And I am not sure if it’s me, but I don’t like movies that revolve around social media. The main character Padgett is an online influencer and she cares a lot about getting more followers and money/sponsorships. She literally shares everything on the internet. But is also pretty fake, because she puts make-up on in the morning and pretends she wakes up like that. I think that is one of the things influencers do. They pretend that their lives are perfect.
And to be honest, I don’t even think that she has changed at all at the end of the movie. Sure, she got the guy (what a surprise) but she still shares everything on social media. So, she is basically the same person. At least, the character in the original she’s all that changed and became a better person.
Normally, I don’t really focus on the angles and camerawork, but this time I noticed a few things. There were some weird shots from the back of the car. It looked ugly. And I am not sure who was holding the camera, but this person was pretty shaky at some parts and it was annoying. They also had to cut out that weird dance-off at the end of the prom scene. That was just terrible and awkward.
The acting was all right, but I have noticed a few times that Addison (who plays Padgett) had some interesting facial expressions. I had the feeling that she was trying to not laugh at some points. I know, this is Addison is new to acting, but that is definitely one thing she has to work on in the future. The other actors were pretty solid in my opinion.
So there were quite a few reasons why I didn’t like this movie, that is definitely a reason why I gave it a low score. I could have been a lot better. I mean, it would never win an award but for its genre, it could have been good. But if you like to watch those typical teenage romance movies, just try it. You can always turn it off. Just don’t have too high expectations.