Hi there, I’m back and with a smashing review of the latest Netflix original movie: Sierra Burgess is a loser. If you haven’t seen it already, honestly don’t bother because it’s awful.
Enter Sierra, a frumpy-yet-intelligent 17 year old with no personality to speak of. Enter Veronica, the school bully with lots of layers and character development and we soon learn that she is fiercely loyal and not as judgemental as predicted. And Jamey, poor, poor Jamey who gets catfished by Sierra pretending to be Veronica.
Jamey ends up with Sierra’s phone number instead of Veronica’s, but instead of telling the truth, Sierra decides to pretend to be Veronica because she thinks he is cute. That’s the sanest idea I’ve ever heard…not.
In exchange for help with her studying, Sierra propositions Veronica onto helping her catfish Jamey. Not cool. We soon learn that Veronica is very self conscious of her intelligence, or what she has been told is a lack there of. She is constantly put down by her mother by saying she should only care about her looks, and the deeper issues of that lie with her mother’s fading youth due to the fact that her husband/partner left her for a 22 year old. This develops into interesting character development for Veronica, who you would assume is a bossy, privileged, spoiled, rich girl and it turns out that she isn’t that way at all. She is deeply insecure and honestly the only reason I kept watching this stupid film.
Cue to Jamey asking Sierra-as-Veronica on a date, which Sierra makes Veronica attend. Veronica says lovely things about her friend Sierra (undeserved tbh) and then Jamey leans in for a kiss. Meanwhile Sierra is hiding under a Jeep and listening in. When she learns that Jamey wants to kiss Veronica, he is made to close his eyes, and Sierra kisses him instead. Not that is not okay. Jamey did not consent to that and I am not here for the subtle rapey context and if it had happened to a woman there would be outrage.
Now there’s a big game at the school, between Jamey’s football team and the team at Veronica and Sierra’s school. Jamey, quite rightly, thinks he is dating Veronica, and heads over to kiss her hello. Veronica, taken aback, doesn’t push him off right away, and Sierra sees the whole thing. In her anger, she hacks into Veronica’s Instagram account and posts a screenshot of her DMs in which he ex boyfriend cruelly dumps her. It then goes viral, obviously, and Sierra makes an enemy of herself to many people. She then writes a sappy song and is instantly forgiven. I mean, sure the song was great but she didn’t actually apologise to anyone, not Veronica, and especially not Jamey, yet she is still forgiven and in the end gets the guy?
I’m sorry, I just don’t get it. I don’t think it sends a positive message out. Go and watch MTV’s catfish and tell me that what they’re doing is okay. It’s not okay. Sierra should not have been rewarded for her behaviour, especially when she didn’t actually apologise or try to make amends.
This movie is no To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Go watch that again and don’t waste your time on this filth.