Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

Abigail Peacock, Editor In Chief

Critics have mixed feelings on Netflix’s new film, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. In theory, it’s a smashing hit: it combines an intriguing storyline with a rock-solid cast of talented Netflix proteges. Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things) and Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) star as the main character and love interest, respectively. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser tells the story of the titular character, Sierra. Because she doesn’t conform to the social norms at her school, she is ridiculed and bullied excessively every day at school, especially by queen-bee cheerleader Veronica (Kristine Froseth). However, Sierra is able to strike up a relationship over the phone with “cute jock” Jamey when Veronica gives him Sierra’s number. Desperate to continue her romance with Jamey, Sierra reluctantly asks Veronica for her help in exchange for tutoring. Fundamentally, the plot hits all the points necessary for an enjoyable film: an adorable love interest, complex female friendships, and a relatable main character. Nevertheless, the movie falls short for many reasons. In the last 20 minutes of the film, all of the character development of Sierra stops when the personality and values that she emits over the course of the story cease to influence her actions. More than just that discontinuity in plot, there are some downright problematic scenes. Casual violation of consent, anyone? However, if you’re looking for an enjoyable slumber-party film, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser won’t disappoint. Just don’t plan on it being life-changing.