at first, i thought this movie would be light and cute- advertised as a romantic comedy, shannon purser and noah centineo take the leads. the movie advertises an accidental text, the popular girl and the nerd teaming up to work together to get the guy, and a happy ending.
what i watched, though, had all of those things, but in a completely different context. the main character, sierra burgess, knows that the main love interest, jamey, thinks that she is someone else. yet she doesn’t correct him and in a way, starts to catfish him. not only this, but there is a non-consensual kiss in the middle of it. she becomes friends with the popular girl, veronica, that jamey thinks she is in order to catfish him. and when she sees him kiss her (keep in mind that jamey thinks that veronica is the girl he talks to all night!), sierra exposes one of veronica’s most embarrassing secrets to the whole school.
the best part of this movie is sierra and veronica’s friendship. it could not save the movie, but it was touching and certainly fulfilled my love for the ‘enemy turned friend’ trope. veronica opened up to sierra, and they ended up depending on each other and trusting each other (until, that is, sierra decides to hack her instagram account and post a secret that veronica told her in confidentiality.) the friendship was the only redeeming part of the movie, and yet couldn’t entirely redeem it.
the main character didn’t deserve her happy ending- not at all. everything that she did to jamey couldn’t be forgiven with just a song that she sang. in what seems like no time at all, jamey seems to forgive sierra just by hearing a song that she writes and takes her to homecoming- although what she has done can’t be forgiven so easily. it could be understandable that she was scared that jamey wouldn’t like her if he knew what she looked like, but it isn’t enough to justify catfishing him.
sierra burgess is a loser is one of the movies that netflix tries to twist around to make a ‘unique’ teen movie, and ends up failing with the whole plot of it. and ultimately, it isn’t worth your time.