A wrong-number text sparks a virtual romance between a smart but unpopular teen and a sweet jock who thinks he’s talking to a gorgeous cheerleader.
Director: Ian Samuels
Starring: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Loretta Devine, Giorgia Whigham, Alice Lee, Lea Thompson, Alan Ruck, Mary Pat Gleason, Chrissy Metz
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/80239639
I’ll start this review by making a confession – “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” is not the type of film that I would usually choose to watch, in fact, I would usually avoid it at all costs. However, after all the media controversy that has surrounded it since it landed on Netflix, I felt like I needed to see if that was justified.
The lead character in the film is, unsurprisingly, Sierra Burgess – an average looking, unpopular high school girl played by Shannon Purser of Stranger Things fame. At the start of the film, I found myself really rooting for her to find love and happiness as she was a really likeable character. However, during the course of the film, she becomes less and less likeable and more of a manipulative person. So much that by the end of the film I was hoping she would get what was coming to her. On the flip side, you have Veronica played by Kristine Froseth, who is the popular, pretty head-cheerleader. In typical teen movie fashion, she is a bit of a bitch who takes pleasure in making Sierra’s life hell. At the start of the film, I really didn’t like her at all and hoped that she would get her comeuppance. However, as I got further into the story I found myself really liking her. Noah Centineo plays the lovestruck jock Jamey really well, although his performance isn’t exactly outstanding, and his character really doesn’t have much depth.
The storyline itself is not really that great, two enemies must work together to find love, and this is where it gets very catfishy as Sierra pretends to be Veronica, and Veronica pretends to be… well she pretends to be Sierra’s version of Veronica. And, as so often in films like this, their friends get left along the wayside.
There are some very iffy moments in the film like when Veronica and Jamey go on a date and Sierra is watching them the whole time, even hiding under Jamey’s car and listening to them having a conversation. However, this is the part of the film that made me most uncomfortable because when Jamey wants to kiss Veronica (who incidentally has a boyfriend of her own) she tells him to shut his eyes and then gets Sierra to kiss him before she darts back under the car. To me, if this had been two male characters swapping places a lot would have been made of how wrong it was because the character hadn’t agreed to kiss the second person. However, with it being two female characters plotting a switch kiss it seems that most people think it is fine. Now I’m not a snowflake but I really didn’t like this especially in today’s social climate.
The way the film ends is also completely unrealistic and disappointing, but after all, this is just another teen movie and not a lesson in morality. It is, however, a lesson in why you need secure passwords and your phone number safe.
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