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Netflix’ Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

Netflix’ Sierra Burgess Is a Loser


“Netflix’ Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” Review

Rating: PG-13

Duration: 1h 45min

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 

Release Date: 7 September 2018

Starring: Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo

Produced by: Black Label Media

Distributor: Netflix


“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” is created on a classic play named “Cyrano De Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand. Sierra Burgess is a funny, confident high-school girl but unable to find love. The titular character is portrayed by Shannon Purser (Stranger Things’ famous Barb).

Sierra is an average American girl next door, who is neither afraid of going without make-up nor interested in posting selfies on her social media. She believes in getting ‘A’ Grades for securing future instead of creating a vlog or Google 2.0. The girl is keeping herself away from entering the popular school crowd. Her motto is simple: You don’t lose competition if you don’t participate. 

She is a confident girl. She believes in fighting her own battle; she does not need defending from her teachers or anyone. One particular example was her restroom encounter with Veronica, a bully, where she is not afraid to enlighten wisdom by correcting a taunt. Her happiness is infectious. She is content with her life but also an ambitious girl who wants to go to Stanford. She is brought up in a tightly knit family and has a best friend, Dan (played by RJ Cyler), the perfect rom-com surrounding. 

But all hell breaks loose when she receives a text from an unknown number, misunderstanding her as Veronica, played by Kristine Froseth. She lets her insecurity takes over and gets herself involved in catfishing (using fake identity) by taking help from Veronica. Veronica agrees to do so as she wants to impress a guy from college freshman year. 

The “boy” who is texting, is played by Noah Centineo, who is riding on a wave from his recent rom-com Netflix success “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Centineo plays his part with ease, a “perfect” guy who babysits his younger deaf brother and hangs around with not-so-good looking friends. 

Here, the problem starts. Even though the movie is trying to be grounded in reality, it ends up all about impressing a boy. The film is not trying to be perfect. There is a borderline consent issue in the narrative. Recently, Netflix has produced not-so-well throughout movies, as the final act falls apart completely. There are plenty of problems with the film. Example: Jokes about Sierra looking like a man or a lesbian. Other characters are disposable and forgettable. Despite all the flaws, a nice payoff could have saved the movie. But the end feels rushed and non-satisfactory. 

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is not coming of an age rom-com movie. That wasn’t intended as well. The film tried to be a warm fuzzy Sunday afternoon movie. The film stands on the shoulders of Shannon Purser. Even though, the movie loses the plot in trying to be modern and unconventional, the lead character is endearing. The portrayal is worth watching.

Finally, the justice has been served to Barb.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Posted by Abhinav Gandhi.
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