Recently, Netflix released yet another rom-com movie to add to its list. Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is a classic teen comedy and coming of age story. The cast is appealing, with Shannon Purser, who played Barb on “Stranger Things”, and Noah Centineo from, the new Netflix original movie, “To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before”, as the main characters. The movie stands for female empowerment and the classic message of “don’t judge someone by their appearance.” The story follows Sierra, a driven, smart and titular loser who gets bullied for not exactly fitting the original highschool definition of “pretty.” She receives a text from Jamey, your average nice guy quarterback, but Jamey thinks he is texting Veronica, who is the pretty head cheerleader and classic mean girl. So instead of telling him that he has the wrong number, Sierra decides to catfish him. She pretends to be Veronica and wins Jamey’s heart through texts and phone calls, by wooing him with her words. Veronica and Sierra forge an alliance, with Sierra tutoring Veronica in exchange for help fooling Jamey. Then they of course become best friends, and have sleepovers and share secrets while still catfishing a poor, clueless boy. With a series of unrealistic plots and schemes, like pulling off Skype calls and kissing with their eyes closed, Sierra is able to completely fool Jamey while he remains clueless of the reality of the situation.
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser isn’t a bad movie. The problem is, it does not stand out and its storyline has been reused many times. The weird high school girl tries to get a guy by becoming best friends with the cheerleader who used to bully her; been there done that. The strangest part of the plot is that the main character continues to catfish a random boy she has never seen or met in her life. Not to mention how unrealistic the whole situation is. Besides the lack of an original storyline and the catfishing, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is pretty good. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5, only because I am a sucker for romantic comedies and love Noah Centineo (like every other teenage girl right now). It’s a nice, light hearted Saturday night kind of movie, so add this movie to your “to-watch list.”