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Sierra Burgess Is A Loser – Netflix

Not everyone is a fan – and I can see why…

I watched this movie when it was first added to Netflix and although I enjoyed it, I had so serious concerns while watching the movie. As an adult I can see the obvious problems, but what about the teenagers who feel the same way as Sierra, or who have no adults who can reassure them this was only a movie?

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.42.28Sierra Burgess was a heavy set “outsider” in a typical high school setting. She was a band member and people generally didn’t notice or see her, minus Veronica, the head of the cheerleading squad, who is a rival of hers. So at the beginning of the movie, Sierra is seen posting adds with her phone number for tutoring. Veronica sees it and removes her phone number from the form.

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.43.04Veronica is the typical mean girl from teen movies because she doesn’t believe in dating “losers” and thinks that a person’s friends define them. So when Jamey approaches her for her number she gives Sierra’s number because his friends aren’t her type and since he hangs with them, neither is he.

 

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.44.41Now, Jamey starts texting Sierra who has never had a boy interested in her, nor was ever distracted from her work before. She begins to fall for him but decides not to tell him that she is not who he thinks she is. Basically, she is a catfish. She comes up with a plan to get him to think she is still Veronica when she finds out that Veronica’s college boyfriend thinks she’s stupid and dumps her.

This movie gives teenagers complete wrong information on so many levels.

  • Number one Sierra was absolutely gorgeous and never accepted who she was
  • It tells the old story of being fat is unattractive and being a band member is an outsider
  • It says that having straight A’s is not enough you have to have a big following on social media to be important
  • The writer put gay jokes in which is not ok.

Its as if the writer was trying to bring back all the old high school/teenager stereotypes back into play. And the ending was super predictable and a complete lie. If you catfish someone or start a relationship based on a lie, it will not end in happy ever after.

I wasn’t super upset until I watched this video

She’s totally right!

Screenshot 2018-09-09 23.42.44How can we allow this kind of narrative happen in this day and age? I thought part of the movie was funny because it reminded me of the old 80’s movies and Dan kept asking questions like “Is being a cheerleader still a thing?”… Dan is Sierra’s best friend who tells her all the things I wanted to tell her. Like tell Jamey the truth and nothing good can come from lying.

There are deeper stories told in this movie, as Veronica mother was pressuring her to be skinny and a mean girl because of her insecurities. Sierra’s father is a famous writer and her mother a self-esteem self-help writer, who never see their issues with their daughter in the home. Even when she brought it up, her parents never reassured her, never made her see the beauty in herself. (A huge plot hole – I have questions.)

I let my twelve-year-old watch…

…and I was so happy to see that she had the same thoughts that I had. I think that we need to not try to bring back the insecurities of the 80s and 90s in movies but make more relevant movies to the messages that we have been putting out for so long.

Shame on the writer, who is a woman, Lindsey Beer, for writing a script that brings back fat shaming and stereotypes for all.

There was, however, a great cast:

  • Sierra – Shannon Purser
  • Veronica – Kristine Froseth
  • Dan – RJ Cyler
  • Jamey – Noah Centineo
  • Ms. Thompson – Loretta Devine
  • Stephen Burgess – Alan Ruck
  • Trish – Chrissy Metz

Here is the trailer.. watch it, and tell me what you think.

 

 

This Is Us

This is real. This is love. This is life.

Screenshot 2018-08-06 22.31.57This is Us, is an emotional story of a couple who had triplet, where one died and was replaced with a baby who was abandoned at the hospital. So they came with three in her belly and left with three in her hands.

I have to say that after the first episode I was reluctant to watch because I just knew I would be crying. Tears do not explain how I have felt getting through this first few seasons.

Screenshot 2018-08-06 22.31.35Now with 8 Emmy Nominations the world is watching and the whole world is in love with Jack and Rebecca Pearson and their love for three beautiful babies. Seeing these babies grown with thier own problems and families shows us that what we does as parents matter. The mistakes, the things we thing we’re hiding, kids know it all.

I’m not giving any spoilers, but I am saying that if you love a drama that reminds you of a Nicholas Sparks movie, then I don’t know why you’re not watching this show. I am not all the way caught up, but this was something I knew I needed to review. This is more than love, this is real, this is life.

Screenshot 2018-08-06 22.31.13The cast is amazing with Mandy Moore playing Rebecca and Milo Ventimiglia playing Jack Pearson. Their adult children are played by Sterling K Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate, and Justin Hartley as Kevin.

This show has the right people playing the right parts Ryan Tymensky is a great casting associate and Ken Olin is an awesome Director. But I have to give props to the writers on this one. Dan Fogelman (the creator), Kay Oyegun, Jas Waters, Aurin Spears, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Vera Herbert, K.J. Steinberg, Bekah Brunstetter, Joe Lawson, Donald Todd, Laura Kenar, Don Roos, Shukree Tilghman, Tyler Bensinger and Rebecca Brunstetter are amazing writers who have created amazing story that has taken all of us by our hearts.

People always give a lot of credit to the actors or the directors but none to the writers who spend many hours creating and discussing whats going to happen next before the the actors even know. The writers capture the voice and stories that each character carries over to the cast and the director.

I am at awe at the whole story behind this and cannot wait to see where it takes us. I am definitely along for the ride.