Tiktoker Addison Rae stars in “He’s All That”

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The new romantic comedy “He’s All That” was released to Netflix Aug. 25, 2021, featuring the popular Tik Tok star Addison Rae. The plot follows Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae), the stereotypical popular girl, and Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan), the standard nerd, on their journey of becoming friends. When Padgett’s life suddenly falls apart, she looks for a way to fix everything in time for the upcoming prom. 

Padgett’s life revolves around social media so when she suddenly loses her sponsorship and all of her popularity, she is willing to do anything to save her future. Sawyer makes a bet with one of her friends to give a “loser” a complete makeover; if she can do this she will get her sponsorship and her following back. 

Cameron obviously proves to be the perfect person for her makeover. As Padgett becomes “friends” with Cameron she begins to care less about the bet and starts to gain true feelings for him. 

This becomes a mess when it gets revealed that Padgett was just using Cameron to get her sponsorship and following back, and their relationship starts to fall apart. Padgett has limited time to fix things with Cameron before prom starts, making her question if she values her friendship with Cameron or her popularity more. 

Although it is predictable— the popular girl and the shy nerd (could it be more obvious)— their growing relationship is fun to follow, and a classic example of a high school relationship. Padgett learns who her true friends are and becomes comfortable with who she is; learning to live in the moment, rather than wasting her life on social media. 

Addison Rae has lots of experience in front of the camera from her life on social media however, she should stick to Tik Tok. At several points throughout the movie, her acting was too dramatic and took away from the actual plot of the movie. If the actors had been more experienced it would have been much more enjoyable. Oftentimes the bad acting distracted from the movie.

Additionally, at some points, it seemed like the director was trying too hard to seem trendy—referencing trends and sayings that went out of style months ago. Furthermore, there are several references to Tik Tok, which are cringey and overdone at some points. 

Overall, “He’s All That” was predictable and cringe-worthy but also a fun watch and grossly entertaining. It was underwhelming to see the mediocre acting from Tik Tok star Addison Rae, and the poor quality effects and green-screen moments. But despite the flaws, “He’s All That” is a cute and amusing movie, perfect for someone looking for a cheesy rom-com.