“Tall Girl 2” is not standing any taller

Abby Mills, Photography Editor

“Tall Girl 2” strikes back with a vengeance. After being heralded as one of the worst movies of 2019, there was no doubt that Netflix would make a sequel. “Tall Girl 2” accomplishes to be worse than its predecessor. As Netflix’s monthly prices rise, its quality diminishes, delivering an unnecessary sequel for a movie that no one asked for.

The Tall Girl franchise is unacceptable compared to Netflix’s usual quality. The entire plot of both movies revolves around Jodi, played by Ava Michelle. She is intelligent, has multiple guys interested in her, and a wonderful family and friends. But she faces a tear-jerking tragedy throughout the movies…being tall. 6’1 to be exact. The storyline of both films appears to have been written by a nine-year-old going through a growth spurt. Its nonsensical, thin plot makes “Tall Girl 2” set up for failure. 

Although “Tall Girl” is an objectively worse film, it is more enjoyable to watch than its sequel. While the first movie was easier to make fun of, this film falls flat on its face. The movie relies on its supporting cast to fill its run time. Jodi’s best friend, Fareeda, played by Anjelika Washington, struggles with her clothing business and domineering parents. Stig, played by Luke Eisner, a foreign exchange student—with an atrocious Swedish accent—struggles to make friends. These two characters end up together by the end of the film, a plotline that comes out of left field given the two characters have been at each other’s throats throughout the film, and had a lack of chemistry. 

The large cast of quirky characters contributes to the film’s feeling of aimlessness. “Tall Girl 2” tries to get viewers attached to a wide array of characters, ultimately it backfires. There are so many characters in this movie that it is impossible to remember their names let alone their goals or ambitions.

Throughout the film, its titular character Jodi stumbles through many obstacles. She is the lead of her school musical, has never-ending boy problems, and has to cope with being above average height. But significantly, she struggles with her mental health. The only redeeming quality of the film is this vital discussion. Jodi’s anxiety and imposter syndrome about crumbling under the demands of Bye Bye Birdy is a constant thorn in her side. This plot point is the backbone of the movie. Jodi must face the greatest antagonist of the film, herself. She is so apprehensive about the musical that she begins to hear voices in her head. While this concept of Jodi’s struggles with mental health is a good sentiment, its execution is pitiful. The voices Jodi hears in the movie come across as at best cheesy, at worst psychotic. 

“Tall Girl 2” should not exist. The characters are lackluster. The costumes in the film are heinous, full of motley colors that do not blend together under stage lights. The plot is flimsy, at times nonexistent. This movie cost almost 25 million dollars to produce. Was it a money-laundering scheme? That is the only logical reason that could explain the creation of the Tall Girl franchise. The only feeling viewers are left with after seeing “Tall Girl 2” is the hope that there will not be a third movie.