“Tall Girl” from the perspective of a Tall Girl


Amelia Davis, Reporter

To start off I just want to say I am 6’5”. So when I heard that Netflix was producing a movie about a tall girl, I was very excited. Not many people know what being tall feels like and I was hopeful that people would get a better picture of what it’s like to be taller than most of your peers.

Tall Girl is a Netflix made a movie where the viewer follows Jodi (Ava Michelle) through a few weeks of high school. Jodi is 6’1” and wears a size thirteen in men’s. She is tormented by Kimmy (Clara Wilsey) and other classmates about her height. Jodi repeatedly gets asked “How’s the weather up there?’’ and gets called “Godzilla” and “BigFoot.” Her biggest issue though is not being able to find a guy that is tall enough to date. That is, until  Stig (Luke Eisner), a Swedish exchange student arrives and it seems her troubles have been solved. The viewer follows Jodie as she attempts to date Stig, and still navigate high school. 

For being a Netflix Original movie,  Tall Girl wasn’t too shabby. It gave a new look on the old trope of perfect girl gets the guy. It also gave a new perspective that hasn’t been shown before, the perspective of a tall girl. There are a lot of girls who reach 6 ft., yet aren’t that many movies representing them and I was glad to see at least an attempt to reach us.

However, I don’t necessarily think that this movie was the most accurate portrayal…I have never ever been asked, “How’s the weather up there?” or been called Godzilla. The only time I have been called Bigfoot was at the Heritage volleyball game, and since I had never ever heard that insult, I actually thought it was pretty creative. 

On the other hand, I did relate to Jodie’s struggles when it came to dating. Trying to find a guy to date is difficult.  Generally, most guys I meet up to my shoulders, and the ones that are taller than me usually already have girlfriends. I think that finding a date who you aren’t towering over is something that every tall girl can relate to.

So, while the movie may not be the most accurate, it’s definitely worth watching if you’re looking for something casually watch and enjoy.