Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
September 13, 2018 11:32 PM - Subscribe

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.
posted by ellieBOA (7 comments total)
 
I don't know what I can say about this critically having not experienced this life stage as a girl, but I thought it was a sweet movie and Shannon Purser is utterly amazing. If she doesn't end up becoming "a thing," I'll be very cross with moviemaking writ large.
posted by Krazor at 6:19 AM on September 14


I loved the music/scoring - the combo of that with having 80s teen movie icons Lea Thompson and Alan Ruck as Sierra’s parents, and Purser’s Stranger Things vibe gave the whole thing a retro feel despite the modern aspect of catfishing via technology for the Cyrano plot.

The friendship that developed between Sierra and Veronica was probably my favorite part of the movie, so I’m kinda conflicted about the ending. Sierra gets forgiven by her and by Jamey whiplash-inducingly fast. Much as I want happily-ever-afters in my rom-coms, I think the screenplay needed to make her actions less horrible or make her redemption/atonement arc or actions more significant.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:20 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


Oh, also, I could barely read most of the phone text conversations. One of the interviews/reviews I read had the director saying how he didn’t want to shoot the chats with special graphic effects like so many other movies do, to keep it looking more realistic, but, throw me a bone dude and put the camera closer to the phone or something, my child-of-the80s-eyes are starting to fail me on tiny print.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:26 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


I couldn't read the phone text either on my tiny non-TV screen, and ultimately that was the reason I gave up about twenty minutes in because I was tired of figuring out what was going on via context. That's a severe directorial fail that should have been figured out, especially since I'd been enjoying it up until then.
posted by paisley sheep at 11:26 AM on September 14 [2 favorites]


I am not a fan. As far as I can tell the life lessons we are supposed to learn is that being beautiful is hard, beautiful people are honest and trustworthy, ugly people are conniving catfishers and that sexual assault is ok if you want it bad enough.

I was squicked out by the movie basically the whole time. Disappointing, because I am a big fan of these Netflix high school rom-coms most of the time.
posted by Literaryhero at 2:56 PM on September 14 [3 favorites]


Wow, this move was awful. I hated it. I feel like I am the perfect demographic for this film because like Literaryhero I really enjoy the high school rom-coms on Netflix (To All the Boys I Loved this ain't).

I think they took the catfishing way too far, the sexual assault kiss was the worst aspect of this. I think Sierra shouldn't have ended up with the guy but should have focused on the relationship between Sierra and Veronica which was by far much more interesting.

We also got absolutely nothing about who the love interest was except that he's hot and nice (nice because he seems to hang out with "losers" and is kind to his brother??).

Ugh did not like, super disappointing.
posted by liquorice at 4:50 PM on September 18


Also, can we talk about the black best friend who was basically shoved to the side and then forgives Sierra at the end because...??? No real explanation? He was treated really bad by her and ignored and if I recall there was no apology from Sierra about this?
posted by liquorice at 4:52 PM on September 18


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