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‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ could’ve been better

Netflix original “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” is one of the latest young adult modern Rom-Coms that streamed on Sept. 7, delivering admirable messages of self-acceptance and self-confidence towards young individuals.


It centers on Sierra Burgess, played by the brilliant Shannon Purser, who is an intelligent and talented writer that doesn’t cut it when it comes to the expectations of high school by being a bigger girl and a band geek.

But when a prank made by the nasty it-girl of the school, Veronica, played by Kristine Froseth, leads towards a turning point in Sierra’s life where football player hunk Jamey, played by heartthrob Noah Centineo, sends her a text leading to a mistaken identity that results in an unexpected romance.

In order for this romance to continue, Sierra teams up with Veronica in a hoax until she can finally confess the truth to Jamey and win his heart.

The film seems to hold a throwback tribute to John Hughes’ “Pretty in Pink” and “The Breakfast Club,” but it just didn’t withhold high expectations and enthusiasm when compared to these incredible films.

The ending was very happily-ever-after, but the love story still seems questionable.

The story line is quite odd. In fact, Sierra is in a catfish romance that deceives an charming guy who expects to have a future relationship with her fake identity, Veronica.

As mentioned in the movie by Jamey, he wouldn’t have gotten to know and like her if he would’ve seen her which is sort of shady.

Throughout the movie, there’s a slight melancholic vibe, in which the audience must feel pity for the protagonist.

Sierra’s situation and her appearance is used as an excuse so we can forget the catfish problem, but that is just terrible thinking.

Body positivity and having self-confidence means more than sharing a similar character like Sierra’s, but allowing the audience to see her as a normal teenager that experiences relationships and love like every other girl in high school.

If Sierra’s character had not been played by the one and only Shannon Purser, it would’ve been a complete fail.

There was some real serious onscreen chemistry which was the main reason to why we felt for her character.

Obviously, the amazing Noah Centineo was the perfect individual chosen to play the part of the hot guy Sierra shares her romance with.

Seeing them together onscreen with their high-level acting is so incredible that it pushes the audience to root for the diverse relationship in the film.

So, although “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” is not a perfect movie, that does not mean that all Rom-Com films are. It’s something new, different, and a great eye opener for situations like these to take place in the real world.

Even though catfishing isn’t a definite way for winning someone over, the greater message is to see someone of who they are besides their appearance.

This message of seeing through appearances will really captivate your attention and love for the film.

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‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ could’ve been better