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Review: “He’s All That” – Is he really all that?

When Netflix announced its remake of the romantic comedy classic “She’s All That” (1999), I really wasn’t sure how to feel about it.

The new movie really sparked controversy when Tik Tok star Addison Rae was cast as the lead.

Rae plays social media influencer teen Padgett Sawyer, who puts on a face for her followers.

After a humiliatingly public breakup, Padgett makes a bet with her friend Alder (Madison Pettis), that she can make the biggest loser in their school the prom king. What was at stake? Only the loser becomes, well, a loser.

Tanner Buchanan stars as outcast Cameron Kweller, the victim of Padgett’s makeover. There are some appearances of actors in the original film, like Rachel Leigh Cook as Padgett’s mom, and Matthew Lillard as the school principal.

The movie includes many elements of a classic teen movie: the evil best friend, the dress up montages, the lavish parties and the big prom apology speech.

It also takes a very 2021 approach by including TikTok, brand deals, texting, and the concept of “going viral.”

Speaking of brand deals, there seemed to be a lot, and I mean a lot of product placement. From Core water and Lucky Charms to Pizza Hut and KFC, the movie took every chance to insert a brand deal.

Overall, I wouldn’t say this movie is entirely awful. It has some sweet moments sprinkled in and is an easy watch. If you’re looking for the next cult classic, I personally don’t think “He’s All That” lives up to that potential, but if you’re bored and need something to put on (or maybe want to watch something as a joke with friends), I would say give it a watch.

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