When She’s All That premiered in 1999, it made Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. stars, shot to Number 1 on the field workplace, and immortalized Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” as a rom-com basic. It additionally strengthened some severely sexist concepts and may make one cringe a bit throughout a 2021 rewatch. He’s All That, now streaming on Netflix, gender swaps the “guess” on the heart of the movie, throws in some social media, and seeks to undo the unique’s sexist sins. 

The Gist: Teenager Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae) is an influencer. When she’s not attending highschool, she’s selling sponsored merchandise from Bunny Venom and bonding along with her mom Anna (Rachel Leigh Cook, who you’ll acknowledge as Laney Boggs from the unique), an overworked nurse. The two of them reside in a modest house in Los Angeles, and to impress her wealthy college mates, Padgett lies about dwelling in a elaborate residence constructing. One morning, after staying up late to bake a gluten-free croquembouche for her boyfriend, up-and-coming music sensation Jordan (Peyton Meyer), she discovers he’s been dishonest on her – whereas reside streaming for her lots of of hundreds of followers to see.

Humiliated and heartbroken, Padgett watches her emotional response to this betrayal go viral and her followers drop dramatically. She quickly will get a name from Bunny Venom’s Jessica Miles Torres (Kourtney Kardashian), who tells her they gained’t be capable of sponsor her anymore if issues don’t enhance – and quick. Devastated by the concept of shedding her school fund, Addison accepts a guess from considered one of her BFFs, Alden (Madison Pettis): make over a “loser” in school, flip him right into a Prom King, and get her sponsorship and followers again. Her mission? Social media hater and all-around grump Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan). While Padgett initially begins this course of with the tip purpose in thoughts, she quickly kinds an actual bond with Cameron. Sparks fly between the 2 as promenade approaches and their eyes are each opened to new worlds, however will the reality destroy all the pieces they’ve constructed?

What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: The apparent comparability is the movie’s predecessor She’s All That, however He’s All That may call to mind one other teen basic, 10 Things I Hate About You, in addition to more moderen Netflix hits like The Kissing Booth and To All The Boys Ive Loved Before.

Performance Worth Watching: Annie Jacob is lovely and completely hilarious as Cameron’s BFF Nisha, however I gotta hand it to Matthew Lillard for straight-up operating away with the tip of the film. I gasped. I used to be completely delighted. Between his deadpan supply of foolish strains, fancy dance strikes, and candy specs, he’s just about irresistible. The resurgence of Lillard’s profession (and RESPECT placed on his iconic ’90s roles as of late) is considered one of my favourite issues occurring in Hollywood proper now.

Memorable Dialogue: “You don’t deserve me, my love, and my croquembouche, you croquem-douche!” is so ridiculous that I couldn’t assist however write it down. So, so foolish that it warrants mentioning right here.

Sex and Skin: There’s a really foolish spray-tanned boy who will get caught hooking up off digital camera with a bikini-wearing gal in his trailer, however not a lot else.

Our Take: The first indicator that He’s All That was going to be “meh” was its supply materials; She’s All That is a deeply common film, steeped in sexism and weighed down by an uneven script. It’s maybe solely saved by how lovely Rachel Leigh Cook is and the charming, crooked smile belonging Freddie Prinze Jr. in his heyday, and He’s All That follows go well with. This is a vapid, empty script solely salvaged by endearing performances from its leads, who do their finest to raise some severely shallow materials. To the movie’s credit score, it does dramatically enhance on the sexist overtones of the unique, nevertheless it misses the various alternatives to say one thing fascinating about social media and our obsession with bodily look.

The highlights of He’s All That are its stunt casting; Kourtney Kardashian is genuinely humorous as a monotonous, Peloton-riding Insta-brand supervisor, really leaning into her actuality roots, it’s pleasant to see the glowing Rachel Leigh Cook star as Padgett’s mom, Anna, and Matthew Lillard straight up grabs this film and runs away with it within the last act. (Lillard’s hilarious flip right here just isn’t all that shocking, particularly provided that he additionally stole the present within the unique as gassy, dance-loving Real World star Brock Hudson). While Lillard often is the purpose to look at the movie, I’ll say I used to be charmed by a number of different moments shared between our two younger leads, and listening to the opening chords of “Kiss Me” despatched my coronary heart aflutter. If solely the whole thing He’s All That had the identical impact.

Our Call: SKIP IT. While a few of the performances are charming (and Matthew Lillard makes the final act price watching), He’s All That is a shallow, pointless retooling of common and problematic supply materials.

Jade Budowski is a contract author with a knack for ruining punchlines, hogging the mic at karaoke, and thirst-tweeting. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

Stream He’s All That on Netflix


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