Netflix’s New Rom-Com ‘Tall Girl’ Is About A Tall Girl, And Everyone Is Baffled
Seems like a bit of a stretch.
Netflix has a wonderful history with teen rom-coms — like the genuinely brilliant To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before — and their latest foray into this genre is the film Tall Girl, which finally explores the plight of girl who is a bit long, in a high school.
On one hand, high school is awful, and any point of difference is absolutely pounced upon. I was called “green shoes” for about a year, because I wore some vaguely green shoes once? Teens are garbage, and we should not encourage them.
On the other hand, revolving an entire complication on the girl being a bit tall is a bit of a stretch (see what I did there?).
The trailer is an absolute masterpiece of perspective shots, with the camera constantly beaming up on this mildly lengthy teen. I wouldn’t be surprised if the film ends with her growing even larger, and rampaging through San Francisco, squashing Olsen twins willy-nilly with her enormous feet.
According to the story, she’s 6’1 and her life is TERRIBLE because of it. And in typical teen rom-com tropes, she gets a makeover, and a shot at a hot exchange student because of it. He is also tall. I feel like the trailer really misses a bunch of shots where she easily reaches things in cupboards?
I dunno — I’m taller than her. It’s a shame she couldn’t funnel her weakness into a strength — maybe she could have gotten a summer job as one of those bendy inflatable people outside of car dealerships.
Anyway, let’s watch the trailer.
So, yeah. Naturally, everyone fucking lost their shit, because it’s INHERENTLY FUNNY.
Wait are you telling me that this isn’t an SNL sketch? pic.twitter.com/s8WfZc0eIo
— tyde 🏳️🌈 (@tydedermody) August 29, 2019
Tall Girl (Netflix, 2019) pic.twitter.com/sa4wp3pUdI
— em (@emmasdaisies) August 30, 2019
Now hold awn a min…Netflix’s new “tall girl” movie’s protagonist is 73 inches? The whole concept of the movie is she’s being ruthlessly bullied for being barely over six feet? SIX FOOT ONE? (I’ll round up I’m generous). I was expecting something like 7 feet why is this so funny pic.twitter.com/Sosz3pvAhK
— Cas. 🐝 (@lenaIuthorr) August 31, 2019
only acceptable ending to that "im oppressed for being a tall girl" netflix original https://t.co/kX0KHv8EKw
— vin; androgyne (@hologramvin) September 1, 2019
The new Netflix movie looks great #TallGirl pic.twitter.com/M4nm6dgORB
— Arndt You Entertained? (@DanArndtWrites) August 31, 2019
I hope the unnecessary Netflix movie Tall Girl will address the only actual thing my tall girl friends have cried to me about which is of course finding pants of the appropriate length
— sara (@sarawatchestuff) August 30, 2019
But people have also pointed out that if Netflix really wanted to write a story about an ACTUALLY oppressed minority, there’s a wealth of other subjects they could go with.
netflix cancelled the get down to make a show about a tall white girls supposed oppression no words pic.twitter.com/uzPc79z0Vb
— han (@spideyshuris) August 30, 2019
netflix had the money for a few more seasons of the get down. they used it to make a movie about a tall white girl being a minority
— DRAGONNE (@cocoainthere) August 31, 2019
Everyone: please incorporate more representation in television 🙏🏼
Netflix: okay let’s start with TALL WHITE GIRLS https://t.co/9kVZBWQoRF
— darya 🧚🏼♀️ (@cherrysultana) August 30, 2019
people literally still get bullied and abused for things like sexuality and race and you’re telling me Netflix is making a movie about an tall white girl being bullied for …. being tall …,,,, I really have to go https://t.co/SA09I0mE0g
— 𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒆 (@elliecampbbell) August 31, 2019
film producer: we need to show teens what it's like for disabled teens, what their struggle is like, so we want to make a film centering a disabled person
Netflix producer: awesome, let's make it about a really tall girl, like 6feet tall, a real human fucking giraffe
— @GayOC But To The Left of @AOC (@k_shivers) September 1, 2019