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He’s All That | 2021 | TV-MA | – 5.3.5

content-ratingsWhy is “He’s All That” rated TV-MA? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several implied sex scenes between teens with partial nudity, several kissing scenes, suggestive dancing and many revealing outfits, a fistfight, shoving, bullying, broadcasting embarrassing moments on social media platforms, several arguments, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


In the spirit of “Pygmalion” and “My Fair Lady,” a high school senior and social-media influencer (Addison Rae) embarrassed by a TikTok video of her romantic breakup, looks for redemption and makes a bet to chronicle her next project: making over the least popular senior boy (Tyler Buchanan) and transforming him into the next prom king. Also with Madison Pettis, Rachel Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer, Isabella Crovetti, Matthew Lillard and Kourtney Kardashian. Directed by Mark Waters. A line of dialogue is spoken in Japanese without translation. [Running Time: 1:31]

He’s All That SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A teen girl awakens a shirtless teen boy snoring on a couch (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back); he stands up, she pushes him to a sitting position and straddles his lap as the scene ends (sex is implied).
 A teen girl enters a teen boy’s home and sees him shirtless and standing close to a scantily clad teen girl wearing a miniskirt and bra that reveals some cleavage; the first girl begins screaming (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A teen boy and a teen girl almost kiss in one scene, and in a later scene, they kiss for several seconds outside their school. A teen boy wipes heavy makeup off a teen girl’s face with a thick washcloth and kisses her briefly. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss for several seconds on a staircase at school in front of the boy’s ex-girlfriend and onlookers applaud. An 18-year-old boy at a party persuades a 15-year-old girl to go to another room with him and a few seconds later we hear her shouting loudly; she tells her older brother that the boy was just kissing her at first and then wanted “something more,” so she hit him with a billiard ball (we see no injury; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A teen girl tells a friend that she likes another teen girl and is going to ask her to the prom. Friends ask a teen boy if he has hooked up with a teen girl and he says no. A teen girl tells her older brother that first time sex is weird; their grandmother says, “So is the last time. You never know it’s going to be your last time.” A teen girl shaves a teen boy’s face and cuts his hair and his younger sister says, “You’re pretty hot.”
 A teen boy removes his shirt at school several times to reveal his bare chest, shoulders and back, as friends film him on their cellphones; the principal tells the boy to keep his clothes on and says to himself, “I want to slap his face.” In a cell phone video, a teen boy is seen shirtless and dancing with two male friends. A teen boy removes his shirt in a clothing store to try on outfits (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back). Dozens of teen boys at a pool party, are shirtless while many teen girls wear bikinis that reveal cleavage and partially bare buttocks; two of the girls on a platform writhe to music and a teen girl wearing writhes and shakes her buttocks (we see significant cleavage above and below the top). Several teen girls at a prom wear dresses with deeply cut bodices that reveal cleavage and a couple of the dresses are slit on one side; the girls dance, slapping their own buttocks and gyrating for several seconds. At a party teen girls wear deeply cut gowns and some are backless; three teen girls dance together, writhing and gyrating. Several teen girls at a school car wash wear short-shorts with bikini tops that reveal cleavage. In several school scenes, many teen girls wear miniskirts that end at mid-thigh.

He’s All That VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A teen boy shouts at a bully who tried to have sex with his younger sister (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); the bully begins punching and kicking toward him but cannot touch him and the first boy lands hard punches, kicks, and judo throws as onlookers film the event on their phones (the bully is not injured, but looks disheveled, and he throws the other boy’s camera into a swimming pool). A teen boy pushes another teen boy and slams a locker door on his head (we see no injury). A bully throws a plate of lasagna into another teen boy’s face and joins two other teen boys as they toss the victim into a trash can (no injuries are visible).
 Several pairs of teen girls argue in different scenes and some girls shout at each other. A teen girl threatens to punch another girl in the face. A teen girl and her teen brother argue and she cries. A teen girl shouts at her ex-boyfriend at a party and slaps a cup out of his hand and over a railing. At a prom, a teen girl shouts and hits a teen boy in the chest and face when he approaches her on a stage, knocking him down and off camera as the attendees applaud and cheer.
 An angry teen girl screams for several seconds and throws dozens of spherical pastries at a teen boy and teen girl who cover their heads and duck, but yelp several times as they are struck (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); this event is filmed and goes viral on the TikTok video app, where we see the first girl in close-up with a mucous bubble coming out of her nose and during the recording; she shouts and slaps the recording cellphone out of a friend’s hand and the girl is derided daily at school for the video. A teen girl removes a retainer in close-up, revealing sticky saliva, and brushes her teeth in close-up, but we see no foam or spit. A teen girl applies very heavy makeup after peeling off patches that stop puffiness below her eyes.
 A teen boy accidentally sets his sleeve on fire in a chemistry lab when he begins staring at three girls; he jumps and looks alarmed, and we later see a cast on his arm from elbow to thumb. A nurse says during one shift, she saw two heart attacks, a toddler with a battery up her nose, and a man on meth that had neck wounds (we do not see any of these). A teen boy and a teen girl get tattoos saying “loser” on their arms; we see them in chairs in a tattoo parlor with needles pointed at their arms, and the scene cuts to the finished tattoos. A teen girl in a stable shovels out horse feces from stalls and grimaces. A teen girl falls off a horse without injury and knocks a teen boy into feces, then throws some feces into his face as they both laugh. A teen boy at school yells across the campus to a teen girl to take laxatives and stay regular. A school bully tosses a milkshake into a trashcan, splashing another teen boy who becomes angry; the bully laughs as the victim shouts angrily. A PA announcement broadcasts that sometimes students vomit into their parents shoes during prom night. A teen boy drinks chocolate milk from a container at home, gags, and spits it out across the kitchen counter.

He’s All That LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 15 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 20 mild obscenities, name-calling (loser, weird, stupid, loser, rando loser, douche, idiot, fascists, dirt bag, scumbag, freak, freak show, train wreck, ridiculous, fetal pig, duck-face, snotty entitled trust-funders, joke, punchline, twee, derivative, Bubble Girl, Captain Bad [anatomical term deleted]), exclamations (shut-up, yikes, wow, whoa, whoo, eww, oh my…), 1 religious profanity (GD), 19 religious exclamations (e.g. God Awful, Oh My God, Oh God). | profanity glossary |

He’s All That SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teen boy jokingly says that his grandmother probably thinks he is running a meth lab. Teen boys and girls at a party hold and sip cocktails and large paper cups of drinks (we hear that all the drinks are sodas laced with fizzy Pop Rocks or fruit sodas), trays of drinks circulate at a teen pool party (but no drinks from their glasses, and we cannot tell exactly what is in the glasses).

He’s All That DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – High school social-media influencers, image management, popularity, TikTok videos, embarrassment and humiliation, being a laughingstock, secrets, lies, honesty, money, poverty, paying for college, single parenting, relationships, break-ups, reconciliation, love, friendship, self-improvement, helping others, determination, redemption, being true to oneself.

He’s All That MESSAGE

 – Teenagers’ social media posts can backfire and cause loss of respect, friends, and income.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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