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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't judge people by their popularity, manicured online images, or number of followers: These are superficial. It's important to be yourself and respect yourself. "It's only a mistake if you don't learn from it." High school is said to be a place full of scared people pretending they're not. There are more important things in life than being prom king or queen. A character references the "shallowness of the ruling class."
Positive Role Models
Teenagers cheat on each other, scheme to undermine each other. They bet on the challenge of turning a "loser" into a prom king. Some chronicle their entire lives online. They throw lavish parties for themselves, are snobby about their wealth, teasing a friend about her more modest home and lack of car. Padgett learns value of being true to herself. Cameron learns to open up to people. Padgett is saving up for college, but Cameron thinks college is a waste of time. Cameron and his sister have a loving relationship in the absence of their parents.
Secondary characters represent different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations. A high schooler with a shaved head and piercings critiques the "antiquated heteronormative concept" of prom king and queen.
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Violence & Scariness
Padgett's mom recounts some of what she's seen in the ER the night before, including a meth addict and a toddler with something stuck up their nose. A student catches his arm on fire in a school chemistry lab. A girl falls off a horse and is fine. A boy describes some bullying he's experienced at school. A girl has to weather being the source of ridicule online. Cameron describes how his mom died in a plane crash. Two teen boys engage in a fight; one uses martial arts to topple the other. A high school principal jokes about slapping an annoying student. Cameron's sister manages to fend off an older boy trying to get fresh with her after they've been kissing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Padgett walks in on her boyfriend "hooking up" with another girl. This is caught on film and she's demonized for her reaction while the boyfriend's popularity only increases. A double entendre about "riding." Bikini-clad teens dance, shake their bottoms. People refer to others as "hot." Two teens share a kiss. Cameron's younger sister talks about how the first time having sex can be awkward, then admits she hasn't yet had sex. Their grandmother hears the conversation and adds that the "last time" can be awkward too.
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"F--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," "BS," "damn," "damnit," "ass," "a--hole," "badass," "d--k," "hell," "crap," "suck," "douche," "blow me," "piss off," "screw off," "dirtbag," "scumbag," "sleazeball," "fart," "poop," "stupid," "idiot." "God" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of brands seen or mentioned, including Bose, Sun Chips, Lunchables, Legoland, Lucky Charms, Core, Ford, Pizza Hut, KFC, TikTok, Barbie, Lexus, Dancing with the Stars, Mac, Skittles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen appears to be selling drugs on his high school campus. Teens drink "mocktails" at a party. Padgett's nurse mom talks about a meth addict that was in the ER.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that He's All That is a reworking of the 1999 hit She's All That, featuring popular YouTuber Addison Rae in her first starring role. The movie's ultimate messages are positive ones about self-respect and creating healthy boundaries in an online world, but the film also has lots of strong language ("f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," and more), sexual references, and some not-very-nice behavior among teens. Classmates cheat on each other and scheme to undermine each other. They bet on the challenge of turning a "loser" into a prom king, there's mention of online and real-life bullying, and two boys engage in a knockout fight. Some characters chronicle their entire lives online, forgetting to live "in real life." A girl walks in on her boyfriend "hooking up" with another girl. This is caught on film, and she's demonized for her reaction, while the boyfriend's popularity only increases. There's a double entendre about "riding," plus kissing, sexual references, and innuendo. The main characters learn valuable lessons about themselves, and there's some welcome diversity in their friend group, though most of the high schoolers portrayed here are wealthy (one throws herself a massive theme party at her mansion, where kids come in elaborate costumes and drink "mocktails"). Another teen appears to be selling drugs on campus. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
One thing's for sure: This remake of the 1999 hit She's All That pays the earlier film a great compliment in relying quite so heavily on its formula. In ways large and small, He's All That works as a clear-cut updating of the original. Key plot points and characters are only slightly adjusted here, with the biggest changes being the gender-swapped makeover and a new social media world that didn't yet exist at the turn of the millennium. Fans will enjoy the self-parodying cameos, especially an amusing Matthew Lillard as the sarcastic high school principal and Kourtney Kardashian as an insincere brand manager. Lillard steals what little screen time he has, managing to whip out some of his dance moves from the original and deliver a couple of chuckle-worthy lines. She's All That star Rachel Leigh Cook's presence is much more subdued by comparison.
The film is trimmed to a tight 88 minutes and moves quickly, maybe even too fast to create much rapport between the leads. The camera certainly loves Addison Rae, an influencer playing to type here, and she comes across as genuine enough in her acting debut. Though Tanner Buchanan delivers his lines more credibly, she's the film's big draw The cast is conspicuously more diverse than the original, including in race and body size, which is a welcome addition to an otherwise predictable tale. Also new here: the extreme wealth of some of the high schoolers and their constant use of social media. The new "opting out" is protecting one's privacy or not having a smartphone, and the film critiques the superficiality of lives lived online, being valued by image and followers, while "real life" passes by. The critique is gentle and pretty superficial itself, but it's a positive one for the film's target audience.
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