Sierra Burgess IS a Loser.


Brooke Heath, Writer

“Sierra Burgess is a Loser.” Yes, she really is. Though the concept of finally giving representation to beautiful plus size girls in the media is phenomenal, director Ian Samuel’s  execution of this was very poor as the movie went on.

The scene? Here’s a rundown: A bold outcast is bullied by the pretty blonde popular girl. Popular girl takes a hit on the loser by giving her phone number to a hot guy, who believes the phone number is said popular girl. Hot guy messages the number, still believing it is her. The two phone numbers fall in love, while loser is still pretending to be who she isn’t. She gradually finds ways to sneak and get closer to him. Meanwhile, loser and popular girl become friends. Large misunderstanding occurs, and loser acts out on all of her friends, losing everyone. Then makes song as a fill-in for apology, never actually apologizing to anyone. Life suddenly becomes perfect.

The movie is set up decently well, until the writers threw in their lazy excuse for an ending. A strong bond had been made between (loser) Sierra, as played by Shannon Purser, and (popular girl) Veronica, as played by Kristine Froseth, throughout the movie, until Sierra saw love interest Jamey, played by Noah Centineo, kissing her. Rather than taking the time to consider the fact that Jamey legitimately thinks he is with Veronica and kissed her because of that, she immediately assumed Veronica betrayed her. In response, she viciously acted out publicly humiliated Veronica. In addition, the effects of this were entirely irrational. Getting dumped over a message would not send someone from the top of the popularity chain to the bottom.

Not knowing who Sierra is anymore, her best (loser) friend, Dan, cuts off their friendship. Rightfully, Veronica does, too. Jamey, having been manipulated for a while, cuts off both real and fake Veronica. Sierra Burgess then never addresses all of the things she did wrong, and instead goes home and blames it on how ugly she is.

She then writes a song about how she is a beautiful sunflower. She decides that this would be a good way to get pity from everyone in her life and regain them as friends. She sends the song to Veronica, who then decides to get Jamey to show up at Sierra’s house with a rose as a big romantic gesture to take her to prom. She then has her dream guy and best friend back, which makes no sense at all. She never once addressed the terrible things she had done, nor apologized, then lived on without any consequences.

It is actually tragic that Jamey ended up with a terribly manipulative person, such as Sierra. If anything, Sierra should have been the one making the large gesture, both to Jamey and Veronica. What would have made even more sense would have been if she set Jamey and Veronica up together, since she seemed to have clear interest in Jamey as the movie progressed.

Other than this fatal mistake, the movie could be considered as actually quite good. Outwardly, this movie is seemingly the perfect teen romance of the era. It involves the very real idea of catfishing, and an attempt, though a sad one, at giving representation for plus size teens. If the ending were fixed, the movie would be almost perfect.