Potentially the most unlikeable fictional character ever.
I found myself watching the Netflix film Sierra Burgess is a Loser and I actually quite enjoyed it. Except the titular character herself. She was the most abhorrent human I have ever watched on a Netflix film, and for all intents and purposes, she deserves a good wake-up punch in the face.
For those of you whom haven’t watched the film yet and have every intention of doing so, I will warn you that there are SPOILERS AHEAD so read at your own caution.
So basically, the story of this film is Sierra Burgess is an ugly loser. Handsome Jamey asks Veronica for her number, and as a prank, Veronica gives him Sierra’s number, and then Sierra starts knowingly catfishing Jamey, whom thinks he’s actually messaging Veronica.
You still following? Okay good. Now let’s break it down.
I’m assuming Sierra Burgess was meant to be the typical “unattractive but actually a really nice person” kinda character you generally see in high school movies, right? I mean, you have Veronica who plays her opposite as the “pretty mean girl”, and then you have Dan, who fills the role of “underappreciated best friend whom isn’t a love interest”. And of course, Noah Centineo
and his fine ass playing Jamey, the “handsome jock but actually has a deeper personality than you’d think”. So you’d think all these fairly stereotypical characters would stay in their damn lanes, right?
For starters, Veronica evolves into the most likeable character by the end of the movie by far. Sure, she started off as the typical “I’m pretty so I hate everyone else” kinda bitch, but you see there is way more to her than meets the eye during the film; for starters, she’s not a rich daddy’s girl like most Queen Bees are, and she’s not overly vindictive either. By the end of the film, as she formulates a friendship with the very undeserving Sierra, you see that she is the most genuine character on this film, and honestly everything good in the world, you want to happen to Veronica.
But wait… shouldn’t you want this to happen to Sierra?
Well no, because Sierra is a twat and deserves horse shit. Let’s start with the most obvious: she is knowingly catfishing someone and enjoying it. Not only that, in her twisted, deluded mind, she believes her and Jamey are a thing, even though he doesn’t know he’s actually talking to this repugnant human being. Oh, and let’s not get started on the fact that she pretends to have a FUCKING PHYSICAL DISABILITY when she meets Jamey in person for the first time. That’s right, folks; this troll of a human pretends to be deaf – while in the presence of Jamey’s actually deaf brother – just because she’s paranoid that Jamey will recognise her voice. Why couldn’t you just disguise your voice, mate? Or, I don’t know, don’t catfish people in the first place so you don’t get thrust into this situation? Did I also mention that Sierra makes some friend call out to Jamey for her and says “Do this favour for me. I’m meant to be deaf.”
Before I continue with this next part, I need to explain that Sierra enlists in Veronica’s help to catfish Jamey, which in fairness, is a pretty shitty thing for Veronica to do, but Sierra maliciously manipulated her into it by promising her free tutoring in exchange for this stupid catfishing plan.
You still with me? Okay good.
Veronica does all of these favours for Sierra in her stupid scheme to seize a boyfriend, because boyfriends are the most important thing in the world – including going on a date with him, offering to send him nudes, and FaceTiming with him – and they become quite close friends. And through all of that, when Sierra sees Jamey kiss Veronica – because, you know, that’s who he thinks he’s fucking talking to, Sierra, you stupid bitch – Sierra hatches the most disgusting revenge plan on Veronica, who by all means is just an innocent bystander who was sucked into this plan. Sierra airs Veronica’s private business on screen for everyone to see at the big climactic football game after hacking into her supposed friend’s Instagram. Veronica figures out that it was Sierra and tells Sierra – and I’m paraphrasing here – “You think you’re so ugly on the outside. Well, your inside is way uglier.”
Yaaaasss bitch, speak the truth. And I’m pretty sure Sierra’s only comeback was “Well you kissed Jamey.” Think about that for a second. You kissed a boy that thinks he’s falling in love with you, so I smeared you for the entire school to see.
But, even after all of this, Sierra gets the happy ending. Jamey catches onto hers and Veronica’s plan, avoids them both, but then Veronica is the first one to make a move and apologise to Jamey and explain to her what’s going on, and then Jamey shows up to Sierra’s house and basically says he forgives her because Sierra is the kinda girl that Jamey’s always wanted.
And that’s where I call bullshit.
This entire movie, Sierra has shown that she is a revolting human, moreso on the inside, as she was willing to throw her friend under the bus, just to get a boyfriend. And yes, because I’m superficial, I’m just going to say it – she’s not pretty either. And HELLO! If Sierra is the kinda girl that Jamey always wanted, why didn’t he approach her at the beginning of the movie, instead of Veronica? No, Jamey. You’re into the hot girls. Stop lying to yourself.
And at the prom, everyone forgives Sierra, including the aforementioned Dan who really had no purpose in this movie. Did I mention that Sierra got everyone to forgive her by singing a song whining about how she’s different toe everyone and why doesn’t anyone notice me? Bull-fucking-shit.
So basically, if you wanted a short version of this entire article, here it is: Sierra Burgess catfished
NOAH FUCKING CENTINEO an innocent boy, pretended to be deaf, manipulated a girl she was tutoring to join her sick plan, and hacked her supposed friend for a revenge plot that had no real reasoning behind it whatsoever, and yet she gets the happy ending?
If it were up to me, Veronica should’ve ended up with Jamey, because they were the only real decent people in this entire movie. And Sierra should’ve been tossed into the trash where she belonged from the start.
There. Venting over. I feel better now.
If you ignore all of the above, though, it’s actually a pretty good movie. You should watch it.
– by Noah La’ulu