Netflix’s He’s All That Review: No Charms

He’s All That is a romantic comedy movie directed by Mark Waters, written by R. Lee Fleming Jr. and starring Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis, and Rachael Leigh Cook, alongside other cast members. The movie is a remake of the 1999 film She’s All That. The movie is 91 minutes long.

The Netflix description reads:

An influencer specializing in makeovers bets she can transform an unpopular classmate into prom king in this remake of the teen classic “She’s All That.”

– He’s All That review does not contain spoilers –

For everyone who loves rom-com, there are certain movies that you look up to, that will always be OG regardless of what comes out in the years following. For me, my OG is Pretty Woman as well as 10 Things I Hate About You. Of course, there are no right answers. However, if you see a dig a bit deeper, it’s always the 90’s nostalgia movies that make it to the top of the list. She’s All That was one of those movies – not perfect but still creating a special place in our hearts.

Rewatching it now just makes the problems glaring, however, it’s still a movie that we love to watch again. She’s All That had Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Zack Siler trying to make Rachael Leigh Cook’s Laney Boggs the prom queen. There’s a catch though, Boggs is the geek of the school, so, you know, not exactly “prom queen material.” There was just something about the talented cast of She’s All That that made us fall in love with everything on-screen. Prinze Jr. and Leigh Cook looking at each other longingly made all the other problems disappear, at least for some time.

That being said, He’s All That had big shoes to fill. Remaking nostalgia is difficult and with a cast as great as the originals, it just makes it nearly impossible. She’s All That, and movies that are similar, gave us millennials a time when everything and anything was possible. So, will this new iteration be something similar? Because let’s face it, it might not be able to replace those feelings we already have, but it can be just as good, right?

Well, He’s All That, is oddly Tiktok-heavy and very superficial. The movie is so very fashionable that it loses out on the relatability factor. It always makes me wonder whether people in the US always dress like this – with glossed lips, the blushed cheeks and perfect hair. Everything is dependent on Instagram likes and followers, which is, understandable. I mean, this movie is for Gen Z, of course.

Unfortunately, though, the movie doesn’t feel anywhere close to the feel-good factor of the original. He’s All That tries just so hard to be relatable, but just like social media, feels crazily superficial. We don’t go too deep into anything in particular or in general. The characters, too, are really conceited and annoying. There are no layers to the characters involved, everyone is bland and snoozy and their interactions as uninteresting.

The remake, thus, just feels like bait to get people in on the nostalgia train. Another thing that I felt was how rich these kids are. Of course, that’s something that Cameron and Nisha point out a bit. However, it’s not enough and their rich and entitled lives made me barf a bit. And Kourtney Kardashian is also here for some reason… which is an enigma in itself.

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As Cameron and Padgett fall for each other, their relationship doesn’t feel as real as the original. And, neither does the prom sequence. It just doesn’t have the charm of the original, sadly. There are, however, some slight redeemable moments. However, those are few and far between.

Addison Rae is the perfect actor to play a Tiktoker and Instagram star. She has 28.8 million followers on Instagram, so you know, she gets it. Thus, she feels as real as Instagram stars can be. The male lead, Tanner Buchanan is as great. However, he doesn’t give off the same vibes as Rachael Leigh Cook’s character.

Summing up: He’s All That

Listen, He’s All That might just be a thing to watch if you haven’t watched She’s All That and you have not a lot of expectations. However, it doesn’t have the charms and there aren’t enough things to keep it real and relatable.

He’s All That is streaming on Netflix.

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