Tall Girl 2
Comedy sequel has mild language, positive messages.
Based on 2 reviews
Based on 23 reviews
Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.
Tall Girl 2
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tall Girl 2 (the sequel to 2019's Tall Girl) is tamer than the original and takes the story away from the main character, Jodi (Ava Michelle), being bullied for her height and toward how she grapples with her own insecurities. The film shows that everyone has doubts about making friends, finding an identity or passion, and performing. The diverse cast of teens and family members support each other to be the best versions of themselves. Even mean girl Kimmy (Clara Wilsey) isn't so bad in the sequel, and she learns lessons of kindness, too (though she does suggest slipping a Nyquil into Jodi's smoothie to sabotage her performance in the musical). Expect a bit of kissing and language ("hell," "damn," "God," "jeez").
Wow 👏 amazing one. This one is must see
Report this review
Report this review
What's the Story?
In TALL GIRL 2, Jodi (Ava Michelle) enjoys a newfound popularity at school since her emotional homecoming speech about treating people kindly (seen in the prequel and recapped at the start of this film). Her boyfriend, Dunk (Griffin Gluck), is as supportive as ever, though he's starting to feel a little jealous of Jodi's new status. When Jodi tries out for the musical and lands the lead role opposite hunk Tommy (Jan Luis Castellanos), the new activity starts to eat away at the time she has for Dunk and other friends like Fareeda (Anjelika Washington) and Stig (Luke Eisner). She's also grappling with insecurities about her abilities, aggravated by understudy Kimmy (Clara Wilsey). Her parents have invited everyone they know to the musical's premiere, and her big sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter) announces that she's moving to Los Angeles.
Is It Any Good?
This film isn't so much tall as it is thin. The characters of Tall Girl 2 are familiar and sweet, the story is predictable and the ending is predictably happy, and there's also some accomplished singing and dancing from the teen cast. But a handful of scenes are surprisingly clunky, with awkward pauses in dialogues, and Jodi's inner voice is a clumsy device that gets old fast.
The film will appeal to an audience younger than its actual characters, and it could give them the misleading idea that all high schoolers are insanely creative and talented. Chalk that up to an endowed cast, particularly Michelle as tall girl Jodi and Eisner as the Swedish exchange student who provides welcome comic relief. New Orleans is on attractive display.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Jodi's insecurities and the voice in her head in Tall Girl 2. Do you think most people have insecurities? How does Jodi deal with them? How do you deal with insecurities?
What lessons does Kimmy learn from her best friend? How does he teach them to her?
Dunk says that although he likes photography, he doesn't need to rush to "find his thing." Is that a smart choice? Why is it important for teens to find their "thing"?
The high school has an elaborate performance space and hosts a fancy premiere party on a boat. Do you think this is typical of most high schools? Why, or why not?
- On DVD or streaming: February 11, 2022
- Cast: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter
- Director: Emily Ting
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, High School, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 101 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
Our Editors Recommend
Coming-of-age comedy about feeling different; mild cursing.
He's All That
Remake of '90s romcom has language and bullying.
Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.
Star-studded, slightly edgy musical is all about acceptance.
For kids who love high school tales
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate