Movie Review: Netflix’s ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5206″ img_size=”800×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)

Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.


Let me start of this review by saying I love Shannon Purser as an actress. I know some will read this and say “How can he say that?” – Well I did and I do. I follow Shannon on Twitter and she really is the down to earth woman who deals with everyday struggles like me and you, plus she is not afraid to be open about it. I feel that she brings that passion to her acting and that is why I love her. #JusticeForBarb


[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5209″ img_size=”720×480″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Now that we got that out of the way I can get into reviewing Netflix’s latest Teen RomCom, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Let me assure you that by the end of this film you will see why Sierra is far from a loser. I have seen a lot of reviews being negative towards this film because of the “catfishing” premise but I can assure you the film is much more than that. Netflix has done a great job of capturing what I feel is as true to life High School experience for many as opposed to other Hollywood films that really glitz and glam it up.  I felt Shannon’s portrayal of Sierra to be genuine and down to earth. Sierra is a high school student/band geek who wakes up each morning, looks in the mirror and sees flaws and imperfections. Sierra is really her own worst enemy though the film makes us think early on that the “mean girl” Veronica (Kristine Froseth) is the bully we will grow to hate. Sierra has that one friend she can rely on, Dan (RJ Cyler) but really she could have many more but she lets her own self doubt and “LOSER” mentality hold her down.

Sierra also has this strained relationship with her father played by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off star Alan Ruck who is this accomplished author who has some set high standards for his daughter which she feels burdened by.  Lea Thompson plays Sierra’s mother who tries to be the up beat positive mother she just never really seems to understand where Sierra is coming from. I mentioned the film setting up Veronica as the bully of the film and she does play her part early on when she gives Jamey, who is played by Noah Centineo, Sierra’s number when he asks her for it.

Later that night Jamey texts who he thinks is Veronica but is really Sierra. At first Sierra is caught off guard and wants nothing to do with it but she plays along and begins a “catfish” type relationship with Jamey. They only text at first but Jamey wants to take things further and asks to call her. Sierra agrees and despite Jamey questioning her voice being different the ruse continues. Sierra and Jamey really hit it off and even though Jamey is the typical jock he really shows that he is much more. Sierra and Jamey really have a lot in common and she starts to fall for him. When Jamey asks to see her, Sierra is forced to turn to Veronica for help. Remember when I said the film wants us to think Veronica is the bully?, Well turns out Veronica has her own issues and in a lot of ways she is just like Sierra, her own worst enemy. Veronica tries to live up her mother’s (Chrissy Metz) standards of being this beautiful  cheerleader who must maintain her figure and her mother is even grooming Veronica’s sister to be the same.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5208″ img_size=”560×374″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Sierra agrees to help tutor Veronica if she will go on a date with Jamey. They set a rule that Veronica will not kiss Jamey, which plays heavily into a key moment in the film.  Sierra and Veronica really hit it off as friends and this even causes Veronica’s friends to abandon her for hanging out with Sierra. I really won’t go into much more detail about the film because it will spoil it and I think this film needs to be seen and not spoiled. I feel there are so many great lessons and messages in this film. The cast in this film has some great up and coming stars like Shannon Purser but another on the rise star is Noah Centineo. You might recognize Noah from another Netflix RomCom, To All The Boys I Loved Before. You also have other great up and coming stars like Kristine Froseth and RJ Cyler but you also have the nods to 80’s films with Alan Ruck and Lea Thompson.

If you enjoy the older RomCom’s like Sixteen Candles or Say Anything then you really need to give this film a shot. The film has a lot of laughs and some moments that might even make some of you cry. Shannon did such a great job on this film and I am glad it found a home with Netflix.

Please give this movie a watch and be sure to share your comments with us. You can now watch Sierra Burgess Is A Loser now available only on Netflix.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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