Movie Review: Netflix’s Tall Girl

Jodi is a 16-year-old who is 6 feet and 1 inch tall. As she is constantly critiqued, she learns to love who she is. Tall Girl is a hilarious movie for all.

This week on my movie blog I am focusing on a new Netflix original film: Tall Girl (2019).

I just recently watched this film with my roommates late on a Thursday night. If you like satirical romantic comedies and drama, this is a perfect movie for you. 

Tall Girl is a story based on the journey of a 16-year-old girl, Jodi (Ava Michelle). Jodi is 6 feet and 1 inch tall. She learns how to overcome her insecurities as she is constantly criticized by everyone around her for her height.

In the film Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), who is a handsome Swedish foreign exchange student who is even taller than she is. He becomes her love interest, but she gets placed in a love triangle. Jodi’s sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), who loves beauty pageants, as well as her two best friends  (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) help Jodi realize that she is more than what everyone portrays her to be. Director Nzingha Stewart and writer Sam Wolfson depict through this film that each person is beautiful in their own way regardless of any insecurities they may have.

“When you don’t fit in, stand tall.”

– Tall Girl

What I also thought was interesting about this film was its cinematography. I enjoyed how the camera angles reflected Jodi’s point of view from super high up aiming downward. It also showed other’s points of views as the camera was angled from below to look upward at her. It made the movie funnier and more relatable to the focus of the story, that Jodi was extremely tall. I thought that the film aspects and screenwriting was very well made.

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film when it first came out. People made negative comments to Netflix saying that a tall, white girl is the least targeted when it comes to every day problems. However, I believe that this movie is meant to reach out to people of all color, race, and ethnicity. The main message of this film is that everyone is beautiful and should be happy with tho they are, despite other’s critiques. 

Rate: 7/10

This movie was hilariously dumb, but also deep and heartfelt. I rate this movie a 7/10. It’s not the first movie I would choose to watch, but it was entertaining. It was definitely something to laugh to, and I liked the message it was trying to make. It is more of a fun film to watch with family or friends. 

Written By: Alexandra Gex

A Review of ‘Love’

Hello to all my fellow Netflix binge watchers. Stop your scrolling and trolling because your newest obsession has arrived.

Love, a Netflix original created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin is a quirky and unique story following the awkward, emotional and entertaining lives of two thirty somethings as they struggle with happiness, stability and -yes, you guessed it- love.

Netflix premiered the 10-part series on February 19. Love is a sort of romantic comedy turned on its head. It is not another cliche story of picture perfect people with picture perfect lives, but instead gives an unpolished look at love through the eyes of the two unconventional leads.

Screen time on Love switches back and forth between awkward nice guy with a tendency for babbling Gus (Paul Rust) and volatile alcoholic and drug-addict Mickey (Gillian Jacobs).

Gus works on a TV show set called Witchita (think Vampire Diaries meets Gossip Girl) as an academic tutor for the child actors  on  the show, but clearly dreams of working as a screenwriter.  Mickey works on a satellite radio show where a pompous doctor doles out life advice to listeners. Her character is constantly switching back and forth between self-destruction and self-improvement.

Love is the classic story of boy meets girl. AKA boy goes to a grocery store where girl is yelling obscenities at the cashier for not giving her coffee. Boy then buys girl coffee so cashier won’t call the police on her. Classic stuff right?

It is a genuinely charming and funny series that does a good job of not taking itself too seriously. Apatow (Girls, Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks) has a well-earned reputation of crafting sincere stories blended with offbeat comedy.

Much of the humor in Love is not obvious. It’s not just jokes and one liners like so many sitcoms, but awkward interactions, absurd situations and endearingly obtuse characters that make this show stand out.

I would have liked to see slightly more consistency in the characters and the comedy. Occasionally the jokes fell flat and some of Mickey and Gus’s actions in the later episodes felt a bit out of character for their established personalities. All in all though Love gets two thumbs pointed way up. The subtle humor and honest dialogue score this show an 8/10 rating by me.

The series is a critical success. Scoring an impressive 88 percent on  Rotten Tomatoes, Love has secured its rank among the best of Netflix originals.

Just days after the first season debuted, a second season has already been secured. You’ll have to wait a year, but 2017 will see 12 more episodes of Gus and Mickey’s antics coming to a Netflix screen near you.

Binge watchers enjoy!