‘HE’S ALL THAT’: FUN, MORE MODERN ROMANCE OF THE CULT CLASSIC

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Re-making a 90s kind of cult classic, this Netflix (He’s All That) original features a young cast, a familiar face, and lots of fun.

He’s All That (2021) Netflix Film Review

Working hard is part of who Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae) is, and is a part of her brand. She is a social media influencer with a large following. But her hard earned life turns upside down when her carefully created life is taken away after her messy (literally) break up is live streamed. This inspires a bet between her and her friend (Madison Pettis, The Game Plan). The bet is that Padgett can re-make a boy to be the new “it” boy of her school.

They single out and pick Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan), an amateur photographer who has struggles in his own life. But what confuses him more is the fact that Padgett suddenly try to work herself into his life. The question is, why?

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‘HE’S ALL THAT’: FUN, MORE MODERN ROMANCE OF THE CULT CLASSIC. Review of the 2021 Netflix review with Addison Rae and Rachel Leigh Cook. Text © Rissi JC

This is one of those movies I will confess to being excited about back when I read of its production. It’s cute, colorful, and a little bit sassy. There’s good messages about the film even with the elements anyone who prefers clean comedy, but in this case, the fun and good (mostly) outweighs the bad. he’s all that

What’s interesting is that Padgett isn’t the usual normal, popular girl stereotype. She has more depth and personality and it makes the story better. Cameron is also a good guy who, like the 90s film, has a little sibling he cares about and takes care of. Between these things, we get to see a caring group of characters in a journey we don’t mind joining.

As a debut role, Addison Rae does a good job in playing the role. She has the right personality for Padgett’s character and her knowledge of being a Tiktok (or is it Instagram?) influencer helps in her realism of the role. Tanner is just dang cute, and of course we get to see Rachel Leigh Cook return, too. The movie is just fun, lighthearted and sure to make us laugh. I needed a movie like this and while I waited a while to finally watch it from its debut, and I appreciate that this made me giggle. If you like She’s All That, this gender swap re-make is all kinds of entertaining.

Find He’s all That streaming on Netflix.

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Content: there’s inappropriate dress on multiple characters (if this bothers you), and there’s implications of a possible same-sex relationship (a girl asks another on a date). There’s an implication that a boy tries to go too far with a girl. She escapes. There’s some profanity like sh*t, etc. as well as one use of the F-word.

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

4 comments

  1. We watched this last night and I thought it was really cute. I loved the throwbacks to the original, and Matthew Lillard as the principal at the prom literally had me laughing out loud.

    1. That scene made me laugh too! I don’t remember him in the original, but haven’t seen it for a while though I loved that Rachel came back to be in the film. SO fun. :)

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