Parents' Guide to

Tall Girl

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Coming-of-age comedy about feeling different; mild cursing.

Movie NR 2019 101 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 11+

Very relatable

This movie was very relatable to my childhood (I used to be the tall kid). This movie showed me it's ok to be tall and shows some really positive messages. The movie might be slow and a little inappropriate, but it's pretty good.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Normalizes disordered eating

Normalizes diet culture and disordered eating, as demonstrated in behavior of the beauty queen sister and the popular mean girl.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24):
Kids say (92):

This romcom will resonate with teens who feel different at a time in life when blending in is often the goal. It's a relatively impressive feature directorial debut for music video (Jay-Z, Kanye West) and TV (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) director Nzingha Stewart, despite some of the limitations of the script. Believability is one problem. Being unusually tall certainly might make a teen girl feel awkward, but the relentless mockery directed at Jodi would seem far more credible if she were closer to seven feet. These days, tall girls so dominate competitive sports and fashion runways that it seems counterintuitive to view them as an oppressed minority. A more credible alternate universe might just as easily admire Jodi for her stature.

Plus, long sequences of unending snark make every teen in school seem too clever, too mean, and too quick-witted. (In Mean Girls, at least a few were inarticulate dopes.) And then patches of Hallmark-esque sentimentality disrupt the established rhythm. Jodi's miraculous overnight self acceptance also somewhat upends the movie's previous 70 minutes of struggle, introspection, and smart remarks; teens know that self confidence rarely manifests so quickly. Still, fans of high school stories and romcoms are likely to overlook these quibbles. Watch for Tall Girl 's truest, most understated scene -- a dad, feeling helpless, turns to music, which wordlessly allows him and his daughter to express their love for each other. Their problems don't go away, and that's okay, which feels far truer than the cure-all ending.

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