When Netflix announced a He’s All That reboot starring TikTok sensation Addison Rae, no one was expecting great things. But, somehow, it’s still managed to defy expectations in the worst way possible.
First, the positives: It was a bold choice for Netflix to remake one of the best-loved rom-coms of all time, which is kind of commendable. She’s All That star Rachael Leigh Cook appears, which is a nice nostalgia kick. That’s all I’ve got.
The gender-swapped rom-com stars Addisonas, get this, social media influencer Padgett Sawyer who suffers public humiliation when she accidentally live-streams her boyfriend, Jordan Van Draanen (Peyton Meyer) cheating on her.
Rapidly losing followers, she makes a bet with a friend that sees her having to make over the biggest loser in school, Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan).
Just as Padgett starts to fall for her new project, things go start to go very wrong very quickly.
The main problem with He’s All That is that it tries to do too much. We’ve got the classic romance story, but it also tries and fails to comment on the ‘fakery’ of social media influencers, an attempt that results in a painfully long opening scene of Addison’s character answering questions on an Instagram Live.
Addison Rae stars as – shocker – a famous social media influencer (Picture: Netflix)
Tanner Buchanan stars as Padgett’s ‘project’ Cameron Kweller (Picture: Netflix)
It outdoes The Kissing Booth on the cringe dialogue, the comedy is almost non-existent, and Addison’s acting leaves plenty to be desired.
The first proper meeting between Padgett and Cameron is bizarre – she falls in some horse poo, he’s not impressed with her taking photos on the horse, there’s some majorly forced laughter.
The cringe doesn’t stop there either.
It’s a cringe-fest (Picture: Netflix)
Kourtney Kardashian is also there (Picture: Netflix)
At two separate points in the movie, we’re forced to endure musical moments that rival the painful ‘Wow! She’s really good!’ scene from Camp Rock – first when Padgett does some karaoke for no particular reason, and then when there’s a weird school dance-off for no particular reason.
At various points, Kourtney Kardashian also pops up – you guessed it, for no particular reason.
There is some heart to the film in the relationship between Padgett and her mum (Rachel) but the sweet moments are few and far between.
Instead, Netflix has given us a forgettable flick, destined for the grave of failed reboots and sequels, alongside the likes of Mean Girls 2.
Even the lovers of a good trashy rom-com, myself included, are likely to be let down by the absolute nothing-ness of He’s All That.
The electro-pop remix of Kiss Me is kind of a bop though.
He’s All That is available to stream on Netflix now.
Credit: Original article published here.