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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.

 

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix

I have never read this book…

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.29.46But I have always intended to. Just reading the description on the back made me super interested, but as a reader who is completely unable to make decisions between book, this one was always on my TBR (to be read) list.

I definitely regret it now!

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.32.07First of all, I knew this was an amazing book. I have heard amazing reviews. But the movie… Oh, the movie dragged me in and made me completely in love. I absolutely love Laura Jean, because although she wasn’t me in high school, she is me now. I don’t have crushes, but I have the type of person in my head that I want, but I am too worried about getting back out there, about losing people that I stay to myself.

My Fridays and weekends include books, coffee, and my laptop. If I am not writing, I am reading and if I am not doing that I am binge watching something to write to you all about. I do not do parties, nor do I date. Most would say it was pitiful, but me, I am enjoying the peace. Well, all the peace I can get with four daughters. Which at times, is none at all. Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.31.46

Back To The Story

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.29.07Laura Jean the middle child, with an older and younger sister, growing up with a single Dad and a mother who passed away. She is entering her junior year, never having a relationship and now the oldest in the house. Her sister is going away to college in a whole other county!

Laura Jean has had five amazing crushes in her life. Crushes so deep that she wrote letters, put them in envelopes, addressed them, but put them in a box for her to look at. She admired them after finishing romance novels. She was quite a sucker for them. She didn’t have the guts to send them or tell these guys how she felt, because one was her sister’s boyfriend, one her enemies boyfriend, one was now gay, and a few others were from camp.

Screenshot 2018-08-17 17.30.50None of the letters were written recently, she being sixteen the recent one was written in Jr. High.

Well, one day her worse nightmare happened. Her letters were mailed off and she was confronted by the guys who the letters were addressed to. The worst of it was the one that was addressed to her sister’s boyfriend. She kissed one of the other guys to pretend she was not into him.

This movie follows what happens after the letters are out and her life is now changed in a way she never thought it could be.

Netflix is killing it with the movies and television shows, so much that my subscription is one of the first things I pay every month, well right after my kindle unlimited. As usual, I promise not to ruin it for you, but if you need a new chick flick to watch, this one is definitely one to watch.

Now time to go and read the book. I’ve got to see which is better. I do say that Sofia Alvarez wrote an amazing screenplay, and I can’t wait to do a comparison of the book and movie. Maybe I will share it with you… I have heard a few reviews who didn’t love it as much as I did, but I am always a hopeless romantic and this touched that side.