The Netflix original “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” premiered in early September and is a romantic comedy that addresses the topic of love and relationships in a technological society.
Watching this film was a very interactive experience for me. I hid behind my couch on a least two occasions and was on the floor with a pillow at some point. These visceral reactions were due to many cringe-worthy scenes and some very intense second-hand embarrassment.
Sierra Burgess is played by Shannon Purser, who is known for her role as Barbara in “Stranger Things.” In this movie, she does well in portraying an awkward, unpopular high schooler that suddenly finds herself falling for Jamey, played by Noah Centineo who recently co-starred in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” as Peter Kavinsky.
Burgess meets Jamey through a text message prank done by popular girl Veronica, played by Kristine Froseth, and as the texts turn into calls, Burgess finds herself in the predicament of falling for Jamey who thinks he is falling for Veronica.
All the resulting problems leave viewers on edge and high alert, just waiting for the whole ruse to fall apart. It eventually does, of course, and there is a lot of meltdowns and controversy that all gets resolved with a beautiful song about sunflowers.
An additional topic that this movie addresses is body image. The main comparison is between Burgess and Veronica and is the initial reason Burgess does not tell Jamey who she is. I think the movie does a good job of sending the message that the way you look should not affect your place in the world as much as it does. Every body type should be seen as beautiful, and this movie displays that well.
As a whole, I give this movie 2.5 stars because it has a good message, but there are just too many full body cringe moments that down-grade its quality. Would I watch it again? Yes, but only for Peter Kav — I mean Noah Centineo’s adorable manner that helps to ease the crazy.