TALL GIRL 2: The Sequel That Really Didn’t Need To Happen
Directed by Emily Ting
Stars: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington, Luke Eisner, and Sabrina Carpenter
This is the tough part of making movie watching and reviewing your hobby, not everything you watch can be gold. Sometimes what you watch can be not great or just bad, and then there’s Tall Girl 2 which finds its own distinct area of just being not good at all. I’m gonna try not to go into this movie too hard; after all I’m far from it’s target demographic and this is something that’s gonna be picked on, & critiqued hard over the next few days by lots of people, so I wouldn’t feel great piling on.
After Jodie Kreyman gains popularity, her miscommunications start causing rifts with those around her and now she really needs to 'stand tall'.
I think the main issue here is this film really doesn’t need to exist. The original Tall Girl was heavily criticized for the fact that the lead in reality really isn’t even that tall even though they were acting like she was the height of Manute Bol. Secondly, half the first movie was just making fun of the fact that she was ”tall”. Why on earth did anyone at Netflix really think ”hey the movie about a Tall Girl- yeah that one deserves a sequel. So we get this sequel anyways, and what do we get out of it? A breakup story about a three month old relationship that we all know is going to figure itself out at the end. As well as the most on the nose look at anxiety ever. Jodie suffers from a voice in her head- that does nothing but harm the story they are attempting to tell, and not aid it one bit. The coming of age story is completely uninteresting, and there’s just not enough interesting substance for anyone, even I’d imagine their targeted demographic.
It gets a few extra percentage for Luke Eisner’s Stig who brings all the good moments whenever he has screen time, and the Abba karaoke scene- that was good use of a great song.
I’d hope that this is where the series ends, but we know how Netflix works- so I’m bound to be here in a year or two begrudgingly reviewing Tall Girl 3