Why Addison Rae’s ‘He’s All That’ Isn’t All That


Tik-Tok is the latest social media app taking the world by storm. Tik-Tok’s big influencers gain their massive views and followers through their enticing dances (inspired by other creators) and aesthetics. Addison Rae is one of the largest influencers whose gotten famous because of her viral dancing videos. She has garnered 84.5 million followers on the app. Being a huge influencer like Addison Rae comes with many benefits: millions of fans and views, expensive brand deals, and…movie deals? 

 You read that right. Movie deals. But why? It’s simple.

The bottom line is these production companies want money. So much so that they are willing to sacrifice the integrity of the film industry. An industry that is very hard to succeed in, has become a place where a million likes can get you a million-dollar deal. However, producing low-quality movies for a quick buck is simply not worth it. These movies may be profitable now but there are far more cons than pros to this. A recent example movie titled, “He’s All That” is a Netflix remake of the classic rom-com, “She’s All That”. In the original movie, a popular jock takes on a challenge from his friends to turn the nerdy girl into a popular girl. In the remake, the plotline is the same but there is a gender swap between the two roles.  

 There have been more changes to the movie than just a gender swap. The overall quality and enjoyment of the film have gone down significantly.  The movie was released and received constant hate across all social media platforms. Twitter user, @roramdin, took to the platform to say, “He’s all that has to be one of the worst movies I’ve ever f****** seen.” Since the user doesn’t go by their real name most know her as, @scytherellaa. In her Tik-Tok she shows a clip of a character dancing awkwardly.

The user makes fun of how corny the movie came out and it was received in agreement with half a million likes and ten thousand comments agreeing with the video. A pattern with these videos and tweets is the complaint of how bad the acting and overall quality is. In addition to this, the films then go on to do terrible on rating sites. On Rotten Tomatoes a certified fresh score, the average score, the film received a 30% overall rating on Rotten Tomatoes. One audience rater, Haley R, on Rotten Tomatoes says, “Absolutely terrible. Tarnishes the name of the original, She’s All That”. this is just one of the hundred negative audience reviews. 

 However, as mentioned earlier, Netflix is willing to produce a movie like this for easy money. Although Netflix does not provide their box offices publicly, the movie sat at the #1 spot in the movie category for a whole week. And although there is an abundance of negative reviews regarding the film, there have also been some positive ones. One audience reviewer under the name, Valentina C said, “To be honest, I really enjoyed this movie, even more than the first one (She’s all that) I liked the depth of the characters. The story of Padget and Cameron and how they like each other little by little… which in the first film we never saw too much.

Addison’s performance is pretty bad, if she took a few classes she could get a lot better. I think her performance was the worst thing about the film itself (although she clearly wasn’t hired for her acting skills) anyway, I quite liked it!”. An acting coach on Tik-Tok with 144,000 followers (@bernardhiller) gave a very kind review of Addison’s acting with no negative undertones and he also complimented other actors in the film. He included helpful tips in the video along with reassuring words like, “Addison could have a very long career in front of her.” Despite the few positive comments the movie does have, they are drowned out by the strong force of negative comments. With so many viewers expressing their strong distaste for the film it can only be assumed that “He’s All That” isn’t really all that. 

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