Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school — and she’s always been uncomfortable with it. After slouching her way through life for 16 years and being made fun of by classmates, Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), a seemingly perfect Swedish foreign exchange student who’s even taller than she is. Jodi’s new crush turns her world upside down and throws her into a surprising love triangle, but with the help of her two best friends (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) as well as her beauty queen sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), Jodi comes to realize that she’s far more than her insecurities about her appearance have led her to believe. TALL GIRL, director Nzingha Stewart’s first feature film, is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about finding the confidence to stop slouching and stand tall. (synopsis via Collider)
A sage character in the trailer for Netflix’s latest rom-com slice of romantic swoon-worthy entertainment, Tall Girl, remarks that everyone has something about themselves they can’t control, with the only thing we can control how we handle it.
Truer words were never spoken by a preternaturally insightful teenager wise beyond their years (hello standard high school movie trope, we embrace you) but like many pearls of wisdom, it is easier said than done.
Jodi, who is tall, very tall, and has endured all the taunts and cruelty from her fellow high schoolers that comes with being taller than the average student, knows how desperately true that is, aware she can’t do anything about her height but equally unsure what to do about it.
We’ve all been there just for all kinds of different reasons.
So Tall Girl should be pretty relatable for everyone, regardless of age, and while the film looks like it ticks all kinds of high school rom-com tropes, it’s this very accessibility, this feeling we’ve all had of feeling like a freak, that should make this pretty good viewing.
Tall Girl premieres on Netflix on 13 September.