‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’: Poorly Casted and Unrealistic

By Abby Wisecarver

“Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” Netflix’s latest teen flick, came out shortly after “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and is bound to get lost in the turbulent waters of Netflix originals.

Sierra Burgess, played by Shannon Purser, is an awkward teenager who is both confident in herself and her intellect but insecure in her teenage growth. Although she is comfortable in her skin, Burgess is aware of how people see her and pay her no attention. She is then labeled a “loser” and blends in with the background at school.

Even though the film is a love story, it’s not a typical one in the sense that Sierra catfishes Jamey into thinking she’s Veronica. The relationship between Burgess and popular girl Veronica seems to be the main point of the movie, which is the only reason I enjoyed watching it.

Observing how these characters interact was intriguing because Burgess and Veronica learn from each other through teaching and working together. In fact, by the end of the film, Burgess and Veronica become great friends. From doing school work together, to learning personal things about one another, Burgess and Veronica’s budding friendship is my favorite part of the movie.  

Other than that, the film was a flop, and nothing can compare to Netflix’s other popular summer film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Noah Centineo, the romantic lead in both films, should not have been cast in this movie. Watching him play Jamey in “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” feels poorly casted and redundant. We’ve all seen him before in multiple Netflix movies and I can’t see him as anyone other than Peter in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

The acting was decent but the plot was far-fetched and boring. It took too long for the plot to pick up so I was often being distracted by things other than the movie.

Boiling down to the unrealistic ending when Jamey takes Burgess back after she pretended to be Veronica, the movie made me cringe and I was tempted to not continue watching. This relationship is deceitful and sets an unrealistic, twisted precedent for relationships.

Don’t watch this movie with high expectations if you have already seen “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” because you will be let down with constant comparisons.