He’s Not All That


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Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan stand together as they pose for a promotional flyer for the movie, He’s All That.

Autumn Mann, Editor

Many people know of the movie She’s All That, which came out in 1999. This movie was about a boy who was dared to make a girl become prom queen even though she was viewed as not popular and not attractive. Well, Netflix decided to put a twist on this movie and created He’s All That. 

He’s All That is a 2021 gender-swapped version of the original movie. This updated version is about a teenage girl named Padgett Sawyer, who is an influencer played by the famous TikToker Addison Rae. Padgett acts as if she is super rich and lives in luxury but in reality, she doesn’t. When things start to look bad, her friend dares her to find a boy who isn’t popular and isn’t what people would call “attractive.” Padgett tries to make it so the boy is a hot trendy influencer along with her and to make him prom king. 

However, is that movie really all that?

Personally, this movie was one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time. The main roles played by Rae and her co-worker Tanner Buchanan, who is the boy Padgett is trying to “fix,” had no chemistry within the film and it showed. If you wanted a good rom-com, this movie isn’t it. The humor was dry and the only thing that was laughable was the acting. Honestly, as a viewer, I got secondhand embarrassment from this movie. 

The movie definitely was a let-down from She’s All That. Within the original movie, everything was better. The chemistry, the acting, the humor, and the plot of the movie were amazing and made it a great classic. 

He’s All That was a great letdown and maybe should have never been created. It feels as if the plot and production are very rushed and not well-thought-out. Mikayla Haag expressed, “I didn’t even want to watch it, but my friend made me. He’s All That was so stupid, and it wasn’t worth my time to watch. Rae made me cringe so many times. I would not ever watch it again.” 

A reviewer, Mary Sollosi for Entertainment Weekly Magazine stated, “The movie revolves around Rae just as much as Padgett does; it’s not about delegitimizing her entire class of celebrity, even though that’s the only worthwhile way to end it. Padgett is granted one (comically shallow) moment of growth….. But it might be just as well that Padgett is not given a real emotional area, nor anything resembling an internal life.” He’s All That is not worth anyone’s time and frankly, Netflix should have never uploaded it. The movie will continue to be a disappointment of all Netflix films.