Bad Moviethon #37 – He’s All That

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He’s All That [2021] 30%
[An influencer who specializes in makeovers bets that she can transform an unpopular classmate into a prom king].

I am back! The world has gone all sorts of crazy in my absence, but I’m not going to talk about that.

I just want to talk about shitty movies right now. Although, I haven’t watched a lot of movies lately. Nothing has appealed to me and I’ve mostly been watching TV sporadically.

Life is exhausting, yo.

Anyway, onto He’s All That.

I’m low-key mad they couldn’t get Freddie Prinze Jr to cameo in this. He was the quintessential Nineties heartthrob!

I remember reading the initial reviews about He’s All That and dismissing it. Mostly because a gender bended version seemed unnecessary, as did a remake in general. Most of the criticism seemed to be aimed at the main lead. I’m not on TikTok and I hear she’s very popular on there so I’m assuming I was fortunate enough not to be familiar with her.

Her acting was nothing to write home about… but was it supposed to be? The movie is about an influencer. Their whole schtick is acting really enthusiastic about shit they’ve been paid to promote. Nobody said the acting has to be good.

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The plot is a cut and paste from the original. After being humiliated, Popular Girl makes a bet with her friend that she can find a loser and turn him into a prom king. If she loses the bet…I can’t remember what was supposed to happen. I didn’t really care to be honest.

The movie is nice background noise. Our loser is played by Tanner Buchanan, and his before is pretty hilarious. Bad hair extensions. A hat. Five o’clock shadow.

He barely puts up a fight when it comes to making him over. That would be my only criticism. If the most popular girl in school is suddenly acknowledging my presence, I’m not going to hop on stage and bail her out when she gets stage fright during karaoke. Nor would I attend a stupid costume themed party that requires me to shave and cut all my hair off.

Wasn’t the point that the bet was supposed to be difficult? Popular girl coasts through the movie until they somehow fall for each other. The loser eventually finds out he’s a bet, he gets mad and then there’s an extended dance sequence because hey, why not? It’s just a Netflix movie everyone will forget about in two hours. Oh and there was one in the original (which was kind of corny then too).

By the time they got together, I wasn’t really paying much attention. I also don’t remember the characters names and I’m too lazy to look them up.

Overall, the plot is tenuous at best. It felt like satire that ended up being what it was satirising. We’re given the message that we don’t need to feel pressured to be someone we’re not, especially on social media…but…Popular Girl takes us an an extended social media adventure at the end of the movie.

There was also a scene that had me scratching my head. Loser tells Popular Girl that she doesn’t need all of the make-up – which, fine. However, he starts removing it from her face and I was so taken aback I had to pause my nice game on my phone. I guess it was supposed to be sweet and pro-you don’t need makeup because beauty is within but yeah. There are procedures to be followed, Loser! You don’t just start wiping off makeup in the middle of your studio (Loser was a photographer with a sad backstory).

This is a terrible recap, but all in all I kind of liked He’s All That. Matthew Lillard was a delight and I support him. It was nice to Rachael Leigh Cook as well.

Rating: 5/10

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