Let me start off by stating how close this is in my rating to 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', it just shows how pathetic that attempt was. 'Tall Girl' is a film that is nearly there. There is talent, witty humour and it's current. It's something we can all relate to in one way or another, but it's plagued by horrendous writing. It is funny, I will admit, but it doesn't warrant being called a comedy. There is more humour in 'Avengers: Endgame', and that is meant to be a sad film. I'm returning to my point of talent, the acting isn't bad. The music choices throughout are near perfect and all in all, the film is pretty good. Other than the fact it is horribly written. It's such a shame because throughout, the most convincing script was for Steve Zahn's character which is absolutely identical to his role in 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. It really pains me to say this because I looked forward to watching it (not something I commonly feel towards teen flicks on Netflix) but it looked different. It was nothing more than the most recycled plot ever. I wish producers and others involved would learn to start thinking differently because there is so much they could have done with this but it's predictable, and it's a bad attempt from Netflix, and it could have harmed the careers of those involved more than it has. Luckily, as I say, the film is full of young, strong talent and fingers crossed they can make a quick escape from this.
If I'm being honest, I am perhaps being too harsh on the film; I just seriously didn't enjoy it. The film became a meme with the whole "wearing size 13 Nikes. Men's size 13 Nikes." To be honest, the film feels as if it doesn't know exactly what direction to go in other than please feel sorry for someone who is tall. The whole play on the "you think your life is hard?" thing comes across as rather irritating as we sit there watching a film on a service that the vast majority of westernised households would pay a subscription for and then they complain about being tall. I'm sorry, there are far worse things to be than tall. The whole concept of this film hits home to some people, and it's realistic, but it didn't need to be made into a film. The fact that it has been produced and became a meme almost instantly just astonishes me at how Netflix can somehow manage to gets several Oscar-nominated pictures and then produce trash like this. The positive side to this is my celebrity crush as I grew up is in it, and Sabrina is one of the stronger portrayals in the film, but not even she could save it. I definitely don't regret watching this, but it will not be one I return to, not even when there is nothing on. Sorry, Netflix, I don't mean to be harsh to you but if you keep banging out films like 'The Irishman' and 'Marriage Story' then we won't need to have this conversation.
Duration: 1h, 41mins.
Starring: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter & more...
Released: 13 September 2019 (UK).
My Rating: 4.9/ 10.
Available to stream only on Netflix.