Tall Girl (2019) – Don’t Fit In

For Jodi (Ava Michelle), there is no harm in being a woman with a height above the average. As a 16-years-old teen, she was 6 feet and a half tall. Experienced bullying from childhood, she grew into a teenager who isn’t confident. Therefore, she only has two friends, Fareeda (Anjelika Washington) and Jack (Griffin Gluck). Jack is Jodi’s best friend from childhood. He kept a feeling that he never gave up asking Jodi to have a relationship. Jodi has an assumption that he should date a man who is taller than her. What a closed-minded thought. Until one day, Stig Mohlin (Luke Eisner), a new student from Sweden who is perfect, tall, and handsome, actually came.

For Netflix, everything can be used as a movie. Either the film about dating app or this movie about a tall girl being oppressed. You know, just because you are different from everyone doesn’t mean these people bullying you. And this is what I first thought after watching this film. I mean, what’s with height and why does this movie matter so much to that? “Tall Girl” is one of Netflix’s original films. To summarize, it’s about a tall girl feeling insecure and uncomfortable with the size of her body.

There is nothing special, to be honest. This film is one of the films with the genre of teen rom-com with a plot that I’m now tired of seeing. It opened with a narrative by the protagonist, Jodi. I think I can’t stop saying her name. I better just call her a tall girl than using her name. The tall girl tells about her misfortune as a teenage girl with height above normal. She also introduced her friends as well as her enemies. Yeah, because at the end of the day, everyone has a hidden story to tell.

The plot has similarities with iconic teen films. I mean, why I repeated my sentence? With the main character who is mediocre, tends to be ostracized and has few friends, the prince also appears miraculously. This Swedish boy can pay attention to a woman who has never been noticed by others. I would love to call him as PewDiePie guy because it’s ridiculous to assume that all Swedish people have blonde hair and gentle accents. Because this film wants to tell us such tropes like that.

You know, everyone has unique stories. However, I don’t see whether having a height above the average can make you ostracized. I mean, I don’t know and I’ve never seen it. It’s not because you are black, Asian, or part of minorities. But, it’s because you are a tall person. I mean, am I wrong to think that tall people belong to specific groups? Is having a height above the average a trait or identity? It’s not and the protagonist in this movie also plays like she was a part of everything as if she was the victim. I don’t know, I think there is more to tell than Nzingha Stewart and Sam Wolfson put on screen.

The tall girl is trying to accept herself as she is. Likewise her friends. She tried to embrace her personality as a giant girl. However, the parts are only pinned in the form of a story that might be written just like which. I also don’t think “Tall Girl” is a comedy movie. Because at the end of the day, people will always think “comedy is subjective”. But, I’ve never met anyone, I mean, met anyone who thinks this is a funny movie. I mean, it’s funny when you watch with your friends because you’re just trying to find how the movie becomes worse and worse from the beginning to the end.

High school, teenagers, protagonist women, antagonist women, handsome men up for grabs, supporting characters as the protagonist’s best friend, everything in this movie was there. And I don’t understand why this movie is just like another thing Netflix created. I mean, there are a lot of things to talk about this movie. But, I think everyone knows everything. Even the PewDiePie guy, the Swedish guy has one of the worse accents I have ever heard. Overall, “Tall Girl” is one of the rom-com teen films with everything you can come with bad movies. And to conclude, just don’t always think this is all your story and you have to be the victim in those situations.

1 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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