“He’s All That” Movie Review

posted September 2, 2021 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by Emily McGlynn

“He’s All That” really isn’t all that.

Yet again, another classic story that has been re-told too many times has been told again; but way worse.

“He’s All That” is a modern adaption of the 1999 film “She’s All That.” Same plot, roles reversed, and still just as bad.

Mark Waters directed the movie. He is known for directing “Mean Girls,” “Freaky Friday,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” and many others. Waters’ targeted audience is predominantly preteens and teenagers, however, there is no need to put in half the effort.

TikTok star, and aspiring actress and singer, Addison Rae makes her movie debut as the lead role as Padgett Sawyer. Her character is an influencer who feels pressured to always be perfect to please her peers, her mother, and deep down, herself. She is doing everything she can to create a larger following. 

Alongside her are other recognizable child stars such as Tanner Buchanan, Peyton Meyer and Madison Pettis.
Padgett is challenged by Pettis’ character to transform and makeover Buchanan’s character, Cameron, without his knowledge of a bet. However, Padgett ends up falling in love with Cameron. Perfection crashes down for all characters, and they learn ‘valuable’ lessons to later pick up the pieces.

The $20 million dollar budget isn’t used well, considering the movie goes wrong in so many ways.
Firstly, the editing and cinematography was poorly done. Viewers can tell when different takes were edited in, and the camera shots are all over the place. Quarantine should have given editors plenty of time to edit the movie and have it flow smoothly and look professional.

Secondly, the movie utilizes plenty of corny and overused lines such as “Please talk to me, I don’t know what to do” and “I need to do this or all of this meant nothing.” It is evident that there is room for creativity. It also disconnects the viewer from the reality the film is trying to make, considering most wouldn’t talk like this.

Lastly, watchers will be mortified by the acting. It is painful to watch most actors try to express basic emotions. The way a lot of the lines are delivered make the actors come across like machines.

The only good part of this movie is Kourtney Kardashian's appearance and the five funny jokes made. Many people’s jaws will drop when they see one of the famous Kardashian sisters show up on their screen. The part was perfect for her. It makes sense why Rae was around Kourtney all of the time.

Screen writers, directors and casting directors seem to be running out of ideas and difficulty finding talent.
Netflix should, and can, do better in the future.

Review: 1/5 Stars

Emily McGlynn is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email at esm5378@psu.edu.

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