A surprisingly sweet movie, He’s All That marks Tik Tok star Addison Rae's debut into the wonderful world of Netflix rom-coms. Rae plays Padgett Sawyer, a part-time senior, part-time influencer, who is obsessed with documenting every moment of her life on social media for her 887,132 followers.
But, Padgett puts away her self-care masks and goes on a journey of self-growth when she bets on turning Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan), a social misfit and budding photographer at her school, into Prom King. As Padgett spends more and more time with Cameron, she learns that likes, shares, and sponsorships are not all that important: at the end of the day it is your personality and relationships that truly matter—a great message for the film’s primarily tween audience.
He’s All That’s soundtrack is pretty catchy too. The movie begins with “Carried Away” by Surf Messa & Madison Beer, reminding viewers of the jittery feeling one gets when in love. WizTheMc’s “For A Minute” is another song from the soundtrack that you will have on repeat. This chill summery tune is about two people who want to be together but are scared of opening up to each other, much like Padge and Cam.
Now don’t get me wrong, this movie is far from perfect. The main plot only starts because the internet goes ballistic over Padgett getting a snotty nose when she finds out her boyfriend, Jordan Van Draanen (Peyton Meyer), is cheating on her and starts crying. It is incredibly unrealistic that all her fans would turn on her, creating memes and calling her names like “Bubble Girl”, when she was not at all in the wrong and feeling particularly vulnerable.
The filmmakers could have also given more screen time to develop the relationship of Quinn (Myra Molloy) and Nisha (Annie Jacob), instead of just using them to meet the LGBTQ+ representation quota. Still, the movie defied my expectations in terms of actors’ performances, and I think Addison Rae definitely has potential. I’m intrigued to see what other roles she’ll take on in the future. Hopefully, she can play more than a social media personality as acting as Padgett probably came quite naturally to her.