Netflix made a new gender exchange update for 1999’s “She Is Everything”, but it has some difficulties in understanding the role of the original version.
When TikTok influencer Padgett Sawyer (the real TikTok influencer Addison Rae) was unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, she bet with her friends that she could turn the school’s biggest loser into the king of the prom. But once she starts spending time with the world-weary Cameron Kweller (Cobra Kai’s Tanner Buchanan), she will discover his gentle side and fall in love with him. After Katy Perry’s duet, suspiciously easy makeover and some important prom drama, can they be together despite their differences?
With the appearance of She’s All That actors Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard, and the closing of a certain iconic needle, this movie is a love letter to its predecessor, but it is not completely independent.
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Many updates made by He’s All That She’s All That are very smart. This new film’s focus on TikTok influencers (including the main role of Rae and a small part of Kourtney Kardashian) is not just to cater to Gen Z audiences. This is a direct nod to the original text.
She is everything, including the real world of MTV, where the protagonist is dating a star of the show. This connects the film with the emerging reality TV boom at the time. Comparing the high school hierarchy with the culture of celebrities is a smart move, and he reproduced it well, the young influencers represent the cable stars of the past.
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He’s All That also apparently exchanged sex with the center couple-a little bit less intelligent. The bet at the center of the two films can work in either direction, but at its core, it must lead to some kind of interesting character development. He is everything and didn’t really give us these.
For me, the biggest sticking point is that Padgett is not as careless and cruel as Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Zack in the original version, which alleviates what she considers betrayal Blow.
He’s All That adds some depth to its “average” lead
She is everything built on opposition. A wealthy and careless athlete chose a shy and bullied artist whose single father just made a living. Admittedly, this does produce some two-dimensional clues.
Padgett is not rich. Her single mother barely made sure that they could live in a wealthy neighborhood, which would allow Padgett to enter a better school. She is not mean at all, but very considerate. We first saw her bring gluten-free kebabs to school for her pop star boyfriend because she cared about him and his new food restrictions.
Cameron was not really bullied. On the contrary, he actively alienated his classmates. He thinks he is better than them. In fact, he does need to adjust his attitude.
The life and death of this premise depends on the tension between the main characters.
These are complex roles in reality, and the chemical reaction between Ray and Buchanan is very good. Everything about him is commendable because he avoids the same stereotypes of teenagers (to a certain extent). But all this makes Padgett’s stakes even lower. Of course Padgett has crossed the line, but when we see how sincere and kind she is and how disrespectful she has to endure Cameron, who is more sacred than you, it is actually easy to forgive.
Maybe when this whole metaphor is killed Not another teen movie It was given a thorough delivery in 2001, but there still needs to be more tension between the two. Fans from different worlds need to work harder to sell formulas. The valley girl understands. The Titanic understood. She turned out to be like this. But everything about him is too safe and never makes us angry with any of its two stars.
The premise is a bit lost in the mix
By updating the basic premise of She’s All That to increase the depth of its main character and bridge the gap between cool kids and losers, He’s All That downplays its own theme.
The premise of the original work is because the athlete must grow up and prove himself to the unpopular girl. She got a superficial makeover (lost the ponytail and glasses), but she didn’t actually need to change to impress him. He must understand why what he did was wrong, and why he misjudged her during the jump.
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He is everything, took it all away. (Well, we still have to make a new look. In this case, we need to remove Camron’s beanie and Stooges T-shirt.)
But Padgett had no problems. Not really. The stakes are not very good. But its performance is much less than the original version. This is mainly because Cameron was just rude and unpleasant. At least that was the case at first. She was not mean to him-or anyone-from the beginning. Winning the bet just means finding his softer side so that he doesn’t hate the people around him so much.
This movie has some very interesting dialogues. “You don’t deserve my croque-en-bouche, you croque-en-douche,” is a great line. It has some weirdness, makes the original fresh, interesting, and weird (the impromptu synchronized dance party at the prom, anyone?). But when it can really dig deep into its messy central conflict, it is content with romance.
That would make something more satisfying.