#SierraBurgessIsALoser: Hey, Noah Centineo we meet again (heart eyes)!
Only weeks after Peter Kavinsky swooned us with his 'perfect boyfriend' skills, Netflix released another movie which starred Noah Centineo as the male protagonist. Titled 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser', this Ian Samuels' directorial was far from the ideal rom-com, but it was only Noah who made it watchable. Let's establish this first: 'To All Boys I've Loved Before' was much better.
The movie has catfishing, a mean girl, and usual plot
Sierra, played by Shannon Purser (Barb of 'Stranger Things') is invisible in her school. Her grades are perfect, popularity not so much. The mean girl, who has it all, is Veronica, essayed by Kristine Froseth. The two poles of earth join hands after Jamey (Noah) mistakes them for one another. From there begins a roller-coaster ride, whose predictability was sleep-inducing, quite literally!
Despite an appealing story, movie fails to impress
While the stencil looks fine on the surface, the movie lacks luster. The characters are loosely written, just like the dialogues. Neither are the struggles of an invisible girl highlighted nor is the depth of a mean girl, who is actually nice, covered with full conviction. Even including classic works of literature, like 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', in the plot doesn't do any good.
Noah is the only one who makes it bearable
The only saving grace of the movie is Jamey, who is nothing like the teen heroes we have seen. Yes, he plays football, and that's all. He hangs out with the 'losers', because the toxicity of teammates' doesn't ring a bell with him. Unlike others, football isn't a show of strength for him, but a work of art, which he admits while blushing.
Male toxicity is something which Jamey isn't pro in
At one point, Veronica notices Jamey is among the good ones. Not like the boy who dumped her over DM. He is compassionate, is amazing with his deaf young brother, has glittery stars in his room, and struggles to get the shirtless selfie right. All of these make Jamey adorable, and give us a break from protagonists dripping male toxicity. Hey men, take note!
Footnote: Give me a Peter Kavinsky or Jamey any day
While Peter Kavinsky's cute antics like saving a seat on the bus, writing love notes, took my heart, Jamey's kindness and chivalry were equally lovable. Do they not make men like them anymore? Guess they don't. (Goes back to falling for fictional characters).