Get your hacky sacks out for He’s All That, Netflix‘s gender-swapped Gen-Z remake of She’s All That starring Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan. The film dropped on the mega-streamer today, and fans of The Kissing Booth, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and other Netflix rom-coms should take some time off this weekend to enjoy the teen flick. Or should they? The early reviews for the film are in, and we’re here to help hash through the best and worst parts of He’s All That.
In general, folks say that He’s All That doesn’t quite compare to its beloved predecessor. But neither film holds a strong score on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, with She’s All That coming in at a weak 41 percent and He’s All That at a dismal 23 percent.
“I can assure you that He’s All That is really no worse than the first film. Both star cutie-pie leads, employ snappy one-liners and sufficiently satirize the prevailing media frenzies of their day,” writes Robyn Bahr of The Hollywood Reporter. “Both films are silly fun. Some might not like the newest one simply because it’s not ‘theirs.'”
“Unless you enjoy the feeling of your soul being destroyed by another piece of Netflix clickbait, this is one to skip,” IndieWire’s Ryan Lattanzio fires back. “Overstuffed with conspicuous product placement as well as debasing cameos from some of the original film’s stars, this is a hollow and depressing Gen Z romantic comedy.”
And as for Rae and Buchanan’s performance? The TikTok star finally nabs her big on-screen break in the rom-com, and we’ve seen Buchanan before in hits like Cobra Kai.
“[Rae]’s an earnest actress but lacks the vocal inflection and range of facial expressions required to give depth to Padgett,” writes Sonia Rao of The Washington Post. “The character’s emotional arc involves her attempt to stop hiding behind her influencer status, whether in terms of the makeup she wears or her preoccupation with social standing. But Rae never convincingly drops the facade herself, a forced smile plastered onto her face until the credits roll.”
“Rae, whose acting talents may be best described as emerging, is still sunny and warm enough in the role that Padgett comes off as overeager rather than loathsome,” Bahr says of Rae, adding, “Buchanan, on the other hand, should be the real motivation to load up Netflix for some quality background watching this weekend. Playing Cameron with craggy pretension, he reminds me of a young Val Kilmer.”
On social media, folks are hyping up Matthew Lillard’s performance as Principal Bosch in the film. The star played Brock Hudson in the original 1999 film. “Matthew Lillard has about 5 minutes of screen-time, and he still manages to steal the whole damn show,” one Twitter user wrote.
And although reactions from critics were mixed on Addison Rae’s acting technique, social media seems to have backed the star — although some reactions seem a bit tongue-in-cheek. One user wrote that Rae’s acting “was surprisingly good compared to other influencers deciding to become actors.”
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