Tall Girl Falls Short

“You think your life is hard? I’m a high school junior wearing size 13 Nikes. Mens size 13 Nikes. Beat that.” This quote has recently blown up across multiple social media platforms, and comes from what some consider to be one of the worst movies ever produced: Tall Girl.

This Netflix Original romantic comedy takes the cake for the most cliche movie ever as it describes the trials and tribulations of high school junior Jodi Kreyman’s “unbearable” life as her school’s renowned tall girl, standing at 6 ‘1. Sadly, the originality and relatability of the height issue doesn’t quite make up for a personality-less main character who continually self pity’s herself until she gets what she wants. 

Jodi continually makes an effort to receive pity from both her friends and classmates, such as calling her best friend a horrible person for saying it was unrealistic for Jodi to steal her classmates boyfriend.

While the characters all seem to treat Jodi’s 6 ’1 stature as if she’s a walking green giant, the camera work and casting of the movie also stresses her height beyond what it is. Shooting from lower angles with a cast that’s predominantly six inches shorter than both Jodi and her love interest Stig, played by Luke Eisner.

Other than the lack of personality in the main character and her minimal likability due to her constant negativity, watching the movie wasn’t completely unbearable. This is thanks to Jack Dunkleman, played by Griffin Gluck, whose charisma and talent turns what was supposed to be a lame secondary character into the star stealing act. 

Secondhand characters becoming audience favorites is not singular to Dunkleman alone. Other characters like Harper Kreyman, played by Sabrina Carpenter, and Kimmy Stitcher, played by Clara Wilsey, have a surprising amount of depth considering their smaller roles in the movie, making scenes where they are involved slightly more bearable than those without them.

Although the main character wasn’t incredibly likable, I still find myself giving the movie a 5.5 out of 10. This is not due to the main actress, her character or her acting whatsoever, but instead due to the secondary characters that add flair and interest that would be otherwise lost in the main character. It’s tough being tall, I would know being a 5”10 senior, but constantly complaining about it makes me wanna stomp on this movie with some size 13 Nikes.