I’m going to try a new feature here on the blog that I have titled Saturday Movie Review. In this feature, I will watch and review a movie a week at a time. There are so many moves I haven’t seen yet that I want to and I think this will give me the incentive to actually watch them. For this week, I watched He’s All That on Netflix.
He’s All That is an updated remake of the 1999 film She’s All That. In the original, a popular jock makes a bet that he can turn an unpopular and unattractive girl into a prom queen. For the remake, the roles are reversed in that it is a popular girl who bets she can transform the unattractive guy in the school. Both films were written by the same film writer and were filmed in the same high school.
The first thing I noticed about this movie is that Rachel Leigh Cook had a role in it. She does not reprise her character from She’s All That but instead plays the hard working mother of the main character Padgett. Even though it is a different role, there are still some nods to the first which I appreciated. Matthew Lillard also has a role in this remake – not his real world character though. He does have some plenty good comedic timing throughout the film. He’s kind of like the eyes of the early millennials as we watch people younger than us become so obsessed with technology.
Technology plays a huge role in this movie. Padgett is an influencer on Instagram. She receives money for the promotion of center types of products and she is saving that money to go to college. On the surface, Padgett looks like she has it all but she’s actually lying about where she lives, what had mom does for a living, and her actual appearance. When she is caught looking less than perfect, she loses her sponsorship and panics so she bets her friends that can remake any guy in order to regain her clout. Enter Cameron- a new guy at the school who is a loner and who despises technology except for the old school camera from his mother. Padgett befriends him in her attempt to remake him and the more time these characters spend together, the more layers they reveal. If you have seen She’s All That it is a very similar process – including the “trust me” make over scene and reveal.
The performances in He’s All That were charming. Are they necessarily the best acted performances? No but there is alot of heart and charm to them and the cast look good in their roles. As a viewer, I completely bought into the social media obsession and the desire to “go viral”. Maybe it’d because I hear or see it daily but I did Iike that they incorporated this. This made it difficult from the original where society was no where near as media obsessed. Of course prized popularity is still an often prized position in society. And ultimately that popularity is often based on looks and social status above personality or anything.
All in all, I enjoyed He’s All That. Is the same as the original? No, and honestly I’m glad it’s not. You can’t erase the first one or even recapture that casts chemistry. You can however create a world that works for a new viewing audience. This film is fun with filled with humor and heart. It is a good film to watch if you’re looking for that familiar feeling.
Rating: 3 Stars