Netflix’s Tall Girl aims high, reaches new lows

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Netflix’s Tall Girl aims high, reaches new lows

Annabelle Scianna

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That relatable, awkward, and quirky moment when you are 6’1” and wear size 13 Nikes. 

Recently, Netflix came out with the movie, Tall Girl,  that was supposed to break barriers, give insight into teenage insecurity, and give tall teen girls confidence. 

Realistically, all this movie did was make the intended audience cringe. I do give them credit in the fact that tall girls are not common in regular non-model media, but the execution of this film, made it seem like this girl was Godzilla towering over all of her classmates.

Being a taller teenage girl myself, this movie did literally nothing for me. 

Throughout this train wreck that Netflix likes to call a movie there were multiple questionable scenes and the go as followed.

In the beginning of the film, the main character, Jodi, is seen sitting in a library reading and flirting with this boy across from her. Oh, but no they do not hit it off. The guy stands up and looks like an average heighted male, but when Jodi stands up she looks like one of the characters in avatar next to a 6 year old boy.

Yes, 6’1” is not short, but it also does not automatically make you an NBA All-star, giant Amazon woman.

Then, you get introduced to her little best friend, Stig, who has been in love with her for years. He is seen holding this giant crate for like the whole entire movie, very weird but understandable.

Who knows? Maybe he cannot afford a bookbag or anything.

WRONG. This boy carries around this create so that he could one day stand on it to kiss her. Insane. Like yeah buddy, she is tall but come on, was that any bit at all necessary?

Of course this movie is based around her thinking that boys do not find her attractive because she is just so large and lanky. But, do not fret, tall boy comes on in from Sweden and Jodi falls in love.

Of course, she can only find love if the other one is tall. Yes! Teenage girls! This is the only way!

So Jody likes big tall Swedish man, but due to high school stereotypes, small little popular girls do not like tall tree woman.

Jodi gets an insanely stupid prank call of these bullies yelling at her and calling her tall. So of course she is upset bullying is a serious problem, but it turns out, wait for it it is shocking, the bully is just so jealous of her height. 

“How’s the weather up there?” Such a good insult! 

While Jodi may get backlash from classmates, her father is conflicted with his daughters height, too. He has an irrational fear that she is going to get so tall that her organs explode. 

Keep in mind she is only 6’1”. 73 inches. Not that tall.

Despite her living as a normal human being, her dad has this genius Einstein-level idea that he should hold a tall club meeting at their home to make her feel better. 

Again, hold on to your hats folks this one is so unexpected, Jodi gets sad. Like, yeah dad hold a weird giant club at your house because your daughter is a little taller than average.

That is not even the best part though. Do you remember Stig? He bought Jodi 8 inch heels from a drag queen store because he wants her to be confident enough to wear them someday. Okay, nice gesture but no girl, whether they are tall or not, will have enough confidence to break their feet in those godforsaken heels.

While the script may have been the reason why the movie was so poorly executed, you cannot blame the actors themselves. Yet, you can blame the writers and editors.

I kid you not, in one of the scenes a subtitle appeared for the word “Ciao”. How culturally inclusive of them!

I cannot wrap my brain around have of the decisions that were made in filming, writing, directing, and producing this movie. It is obvious what they were going for and although the intentions were good, they shoot for the stars and ended up with the most stereotyped, unrealistic, and non inclusive film.

The next time you feel quirky and wear size 13 Nikes and want a film about accepting yourself, E.T. is better than this eyesore that Netflix has produced.

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