- Sexual preference:
- Color of my eyes:
- I’ve got lively blue eyes
- My gender:
- What I like to drink:
As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew I needed to watch it, especially to honor my insecure, preteen self.
In a world where princesses are always shorter than their princes and girls are pressured to occupy less space, characters like Jodi, a 6-foot-1 teenage girl, are necessary. Jodi finds herself struggling with her first love and insecurities, which are festered daily by bullies at her high school.
She lives in a gorgeous home with wealthy parents.
Why netflix's tall girl didn't need to be made
Obviously, many people struggle every day with far worse than physical insecurities. It portrays high school bullies as loud and disruptive, cracking corny jokes that make the whole class laugh at the victim.
In reality, certain high schoolers might beat others down over appearances, but it is rarely in the intense manner that Netflix tries to make so commonplace. To continue with the dramatics, one of the first full shots viewers see of Jodi is from a ridiculously warped angle.
So while Tall Girl is full of misses, it genuinely does show the life of a tall teenage girl accurately.
My year-old self also googled height reduction surgery with serious consideration … many times. While reactions like these may seem absurd, they align with the dramatic world of an insecure teenager.
They are enough to make any viewer look back on their teenage years and laugh at what may have felt soul-crushing at the time. One of the most important, yet disappointing, details of Tall Girl is how Jodi gains her confidence. She begins to realize that she can change the fact that her height is the first thing people notice about her.
She begins to dress in a way that flatters her body — but not because of self-love. She does ultimately reject her love interest in favor of the friend who was by her side all along, another expected cliche.
So while Tall Girl is relatable for me, it becomes a failure if viewers see it as anything deeper than another cheesy coming-of-age story. Still, though, uplifting teenage movies will always have their place, and I do wish that Tall Girl existed years ago.
Ultimately, unless you are a fellow tall girl, you will probably never watch this again.
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