After watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before last month and not immediately falling in love with Noah Centineo like I expected, I was looking forward to Netflix‘s next original movie, Sierra Burgess is a Loser.
It’s a major move for Shannon Purser and I’m ridiculously pleased and excited for her. She really stole the scenes she was in in Stranger Things, and her Riverdale character is also intriguing. Admittedly, I haven’t seen her entire back catalogue of work – but I have one concern. Has she been typecasted already? Barb in Stranger Things and Ethel in Riverdale are pretty similar. Not very popular, on the outside of the inner social circles. Sierra Burgess is the same.
Of course, Sierra is fully fleshed out because she’s the title character and she’s pretty cool. The movie has plenty of elements of a standard teen comedy or drama, with the unpopular kid becoming friends with the schools It-girl, then getting with the hot jock guy. But Sierra Burgess is a Loser brings in a really modern feel, due to the fact that social media and technology – and even catfishing – plays a major role. It makes it interesting and fresh, even though it’s a standard teen plot line.
Noah Centineo plays Jamey, the lead love interest. Jamey is thoughtful and kind, way more likeable than Noah’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before character. The growing relationship between him and Sierra is cute (though not real) and the ending does tug at the heart strings a little bit. But, again, I don’t see the obsession with the actor. He’s a fine actor and good looking, but I haven’t hopped on the bandwagon just yet.
Instead of the romance, I was far more interested with the friendship that grows between Sierra and Veronica. She’s the most popular girl in school, boasts thousands of social media followers and has her minions to do her bidding. The only issue is, she’s not too clever. That’s where Sierra comes in and where their friendship begins to grow from. Before then, Veronica made it clear just how much she disliked Sierra. Veronica helps Sierra with Jamey, mainly due to the fact that he thinks he’s actually talking to Veronica.
We see that there’s way more to Veronica than meets the eye. She comes from a broken home, her love life is unfulfilled, her friends are only by her side for the clout that comes with her. Her walls slowly come down and she and Veronica make a genuine bond. I enjoyed watching this far more than the Sierra and Jamey dynamic. I’m glad how much of an emphasis was put on this.
I enjoyed Sierra Burgess is a Loser far more than To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Its funny, not quite as predictable and the casting is great too. I’m just still not sure why Noah Centineo is the hottest thing in Hollywood right now.