Lovin’ Tall (Movie Thoughts: Tall Girl)

MV5BMDI3YmEwOTItNDEyNC00MGNlLWJiMjEtMzc0MTJjZmM1NGEzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_So there has been a lot of controversy over how tone deaf Netflix’s ‘Tall Girl’ can be.  And sure, I can agree – in these troubled times we are living in, can we muster sympathy for a teen character who is despaired because she is…tall? I want to slap her and say, girl, celebrate being tall – you can be a model with that height. But of course, this is a Netflix teen romance presentation, so all is wrong in the world. As far as teen romances go, ‘Tall Girl,’ directed by Nzingha Stewart, is sewn very close to the 80s teen classic ‘Pretty In Pink,’ with a character almost identical to that one’s Jon Cryer character. I do like some nice little touches here, like the main characters loving and singing showtunes – they sing a somewhat off-pitch ‘I’ve Never Been In Love Before’ that is almost adorable, and on their first date, they watch the film version of “Oklahoma!’  And you know that just warms my heart immensely. Plus, the New orleans setting is unique, though I wish they explored the local flavor more because this could have been set in any random suburban high school. If I didn’t mind the film’s set up, I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more.

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