I’m a huge fan of She’s All That, so below is a full live reaction blog post to the remake, He’s All That, that I watched this past weekend.
But before we get there, let me set the scene first for those unfamiliar with Netflix’s He’s All That:
This movie is not a sequel to the legendary She’s All That. However, we DO see the iconic Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), but she doesn’t reprise her role. Instead, she’s a divorced single mom who raises Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae). Padgett is an influencer whose ultimate goal in this movie is to regain her loss of followers and brand partnerships after an embarrassing moment was captured… LIVE.
So yes, this is the gender-switched take on She’s All That. There is a bet involved to see if Padgett can turn Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan) into this year’s prom king. The goal being if she succeeds, she’ll eventually win back everything she lost.
I know, all too familiar.
He’s All That doesn’t do a terrible job at maintaining a consistent storyline. But what it does fail at is the inability to convince the audience that the characters genuinely liked each other.
I’m sorry, but I was not feeling a connection with Addison and Tanner’s character for the life of me. It felt way too forced. And since we’re on the topic of storylines, are we going to just glance over the roll-my-eyes moments of Kourtney Kardashian acting as Addison’s manager? We get it. You two are friends.
I really wanted to root for Addison since she’s been known to get a lot of flack almost every day, but I couldn’t do it. I understand influencers, in their own right, work hard. But why couldn’t we leave this role to an actual actor who has had years of experience? I genuinely believe Tanner being in Girl Meets World and Cobra Kai allowed him to have familiarity with life on set that felt natural. I’m sorry, but I didn’t get that same vibe from Addison.
Moving on–let’s give a shout out to the OG Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard for being the easter eggs we all needed. Granted, Lillard was not the asshole character he once was, but we love to see the growth. Would it have been amazing to see Freddie Prince Jr.? ABSOLUTELY. But I’ll take the half that carried She’s All That. Looking at you, Rachael.
With all that said, I mentioned this on my Instagram Story mini-review, I won’t completely dismiss the movie. It is a good quick one-time watch but not something I would revisit over and over again. I appreciate how it leaned into what’s going on now in the world. Still, the reason we loved Laney and Zachary so much is that they were relatable. They seemed like actual people we would see in our high school on a regular-regular day.
Padgett and her socially obsessed crew? Not so much. I don’t know about you, but not every high school student has a sponsor/manager/making millions of dollars, all while trying to graduate. That’s a red flag.
How many ring lights does one need? And in the morning?????
They are making this an IG story, but TikTok live… Why is she holding the record button then? This is now Spon-con.
LANEY BOGGS!!!!!!! THE OG!!!!!!!!!!!!
Madison Pettis, wow, I love her. The glow up.
Omg, Girl Meets World throwback. I was his team and Riley’s, always.
AND NOW IT’S CHARLIE WAIT, OMG THEY’RE BOTH FROM GIRL MEETS WORLD!!!!! ANYONE ELSE FREAKING OUT?!
Is anyone questioning the name Padgett?
Why are they accepting orange juice and cereal as an OK thing?
Kortney Kardashian… Of course…
Look at that Core water bottle ad sponsorship.
Here’s the best part. Remember when Paul Walker did this? Ah.
What is Addison leaning against? And how is she leaning against it…?
IT’S CHARLIE AND LUCAS ALL OVER AGAIN
“SEND A SMS TEXT???????” WHO SAYS THAT
I’m going to list out the sponsors here:
High school is not like this, though…. no one has that much money. Nor is prom queen life.
Yup, nope never had a car wash like this. My school would never.
THERE IT IS. THERE’S THE LINE!!!!!!!
“Weird-ass traditions.” Wow, I felt that.
CHOREOGRAPHY… AT PROM… BECAUSE WHY NOT? OMG, THIS IS SO AWKWARD. WHY!!!!!!!!
“Just wanna slap his face not until after he graduates.”
Coming from a fellow prom queen, I didn’t have a chance to speak, but OK, go off, sis.
OMG, THEY’RE PLAYING KISS ME, AND OG LANEY WENT, “WHY DO I KNOW THIS SONG?” OMG
A HORSE, LMAOOOOOOO. UNREALISTIC!!!!!
Mmmmmmmmmm. It’s a good movie for Gen Z, but nothing beats the original.