He’s All That: Yay or Neigh?


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Julie Cena, Staff Writer

“He’s All That” is a romantic comedy with teens as the target audience. It was released on August 27, 2021, and is well-known for having TikTok star Addison Rae as the main character. In the movie, Padgett Sawyer (Addison Rae) makes a bet with fellow student Alden Pierce (Madison Pettis) to see if Padgett can take a school loser and turn him into a prom king. While trying to win the bet, Padgett battles with the hardships of being in the social media spotlight, but Cameron Kweller (Tanner Buchanan) helps her realize that there’s more to life than just a social media following. 


The acting in this movie, however, was comically bad. There are moments in which Addison Rae should have portrayed raw emotion, but instead delivers a monotone voice and emotionless face. For example, in the scene in which Cameron Kweller reveals what happened to his mother, Addison said sympathetic words, but the tone and emotion on her face didn’t match the lines that were being delivered. It also seemed as though some actors were simply reading their lines off a sheet behind the camera. I firmly believe that Addison Rae should stick to making TikToks and that, that is where her talent lies. The movie itself is entertaining, but a struggle to get through. It made me laugh, but not for the reasons it was meant to. I laughed more so at the poor acting jobs rather than the jokes that were made. I most likely would not watch this movie again, unless I was with friends. It is a good movie to laugh and make fun of.