After years of slouching through life, 6-foot-1 teen Jodi resolves to conquer her insecurities and gets caught up in a high school love triangle.
Director: Nzingha Stewart
Starring: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc, Luke Eisner, Clara Wilsey, Anjelika Washington, Rico Paris, Angela Kinsey, Steve Zahn
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/81002412
“Tall Girl”, I will admit, is not the usual kind of film I would watch but after seeing the trailer both of my kids (14/m and 12/f) said they’d like to watch it. To be honest, boy-child surprised me as he usually prefers horror or action films so I wasn’t going to say no and give up the opportunity for trying something different. Jodi (Ava Michelle) is the titular tall girl who, after years of unoriginal tall jokes (“how’s the weather up there?” etc) has lost her confidence and grown into an insecure teen with a tendency to hide away and stay out of the limelight. From the start of the film we see her male best friend Jack (Griffin Gluck), who has a huge crush on her, and her female best friend Fareeda (Anjelika Washington) who is always by her side trying to help.
The film is rated PG so you know from the outset that it will be family-friendly, laid back, no bad language etc but at times it feels a bit too laid back. The story moves along at a steady, sometimes slow, pace and while there are some amusing moments it is far from being a “comedy” in the traditional sense. There are a few low down camera angles to make Jodi look taller which come across as a bit cheesy and made me wonder why they needed it – she’s 6’1″, she’s already tall! But it’s a teen/kids film so perhaps I’m being too harsh seeing as my two didn’t notice the camerawork.
As the story progresses we meet more of the people in Jodi’s life: her parents (Angela Kinsey and Steve Zahn) who struggle to find ways of supporting their daughter; her sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter) – a pageant queen, but a nice/friendly one, with various allergies and food issues; the token mean girl Kimmy (Clara Wilsey); and then the Swedish foreign-exchange student Stig (Luke Eisner) a good looking tall boy who, obviously, attracts the attention of most of the school.
It’s here that things get a little predictable and, as the synopsis has already stated, the love triangle is formed. Jodi falls for Stig, Jack is still madly in love with Jodi, Stig falls for mean girl Kimmy – I guess it’s more of a love square than a triangle… As with most high school-based films it follows a ‘coming of age’, ‘find the real you’ and ‘the cool ones are really idiots’ tried-and-tested formula and it does it quite well. The cast play there parts well and I honestly can’t think of any flaws with them.
As you could probably predict, the story eventually leads towards Prom Night (don’t all high school romcoms’s?!) where everyone realises and accepts their situations, friendships are repaired and/or cemented and the girl gets the boy. “Tall Girl” is an enjoyable and fairly laid-back film suitable for all. While it is somewhat predictable, it still provides a nice, feel-good story told by a great cast.
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