Tall Girl falls short of expectations


Griffin Parker, Social Media Editor

When I heard that this movie was out on Netflix on September 13, I was interested to see how being tall would be portrayed as a disadvantage.

Growing up, it was always a competition among my friends and me to see who was the tallest, so the concept of height as a negative thing intrigued me. After watching this movie, I was left very disappointed.

For starters, director Nzingha Stewart went out and chose the most attractive tall woman she could find to play Jodi, the main character, and ended up with Ava Michelle. I know she was a popular character on Dance Moms back in the day, but it seems like maybe a slightly taller and less attractive woman would have made for a better storyline with more adversity.

Also, what is going on with Fareeda? Fareeda is the sassy African-American best friend. In the middle of the movie, Jodi abandons Fareeda to hang out with Stig. There is no way that if your best friend abandoned you to try to date your enemy’s boyfriend, you’re not going to come running back to her just because she makes some crazy speech at prom.

Speaking of prom, no girl would ever in a million years get up on stage at prom in a baby blue pantsuit with weird ruffles on the collar and make a speech about being yourself and not caring about what everyone thinks. Literally, no one does that. Everyone in high school is either too “cool” for that, too shy, or doesn’t go to prom.

The supposed “bad guy” in this movie is the popular girl Kimmy. There’s never an established reason behind Kimmy’s hate for Fareeda and Jodi, it’s just there. I understand why Kimmy would hate Jodi at the end of the movie since Jodi kind of stole her boyfriend, and I would be pretty mad if that happened, but Kimmy all of a sudden is friendly towards Jodi for no reason whatsoever.

Now that the annoying female characters are out of the way, I can focus on the annoying male characters.

First, let’s talk about Jack Dunkleman. Every day since the sixth grade, Dunkleman has asked Jodi out and she says no every time. You’d think that after five years of rejection, he might move on to someone else, but apparently Jodi is the only girl in the world in his eyes. He should’ve realized that he isn’t going to get Jodi, but he keeps on trying.His character’s desperation is supposed to get sympathy from the audience, but it’s funny how his desperation for Jodi blocks him from noticing any other girls.

The movie wants you to think Kimmy is the bad guy, but it’s really Stig. Ah, Stig. Stig is the Swedish exchange student living with Dunkleman, and he is more of a jerk than Kimmy. Jodi makes it very obvious that she likes him, and yet he still asks Kimmy out. He then proceeds to do more things with Jodi than Kimmy, and even kisses Jodi on a train one night. The movie tries to make Stig seem like a good guy for the majority of the film, and it was a relief when they finally reveal him as the jerk he is at the end.

The plot of the movie makes no sense, either. It starts with 5 minutes of narration. I would have preferred if we actually got to see who is talking for the first few minutes, instead of this ghost narrator we don’t know.

We see Stig walk the hallways and all the girls stare. In real life, nobody stops what they’re doing and watches someone walk down the hallway because they’re cute.

Later, Jodi walks in on Stig practicing piano, and proceeds to play with him. Kimmy walks in and immediately assumes that Jodi is trying to steal her man, despite not letting Jodi explain herself. It turns out that Jodi was indeed trying to steal Stig, so Kimmy was correct in her accusations.

The movie portrays Jodi as being at least a foot taller than everyone else in the school, even though Jodi is 6’1″ and the average height of a highschooler is 5’7″. The producers and director seem to be stretching Jodi’s height to create a contrast.

Overall, this movie is the exact opposite of what actually happens in this scenario. Kimmy’s actions after Stig arrives is totally acceptable in today’s standards, and Jodi and Stig are the ones at fault.

I was hoping to be able to highlight some good things about this movie, but I wasn’t able to find any. This movie should find its way off of Netflix as soon as it can.

2/10 would not recommend.