Today’s the day folks, Netflix‘s latest romcom Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is here and it’s looking like essential Friday night viewing.
A big factor of this teen romcom is the beautiful Noah Centineo – sweet jock from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before so already, there’s an eager stan or two looking forward to this flick.
But, this romcom also brings Stranger Things breakout star Shannon Purser AKA Barb to the forefront.
Based on the 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, SBIAL is a modern day story about high-schooler Sierra Burgess. She’s smart, funny, and an honestly decent human being. Sierra knows she’ll never be like the popular hot girl Veronica (Kristine Froseth) and she’s okay with that.
Things are going swimmingly until Sierra receives a text from It boy/sweet jock Jamey (Centineo). Not really thinking much of it, Sierra replies and a conversation begins… around about here she realises Jamey had actually meant to text Veronica instead.
But, it’s too late and Sierra is too deep in the conversation to back out so she goes with it – catfishing to a whole new level when she enlists the help of Veronica to fake a Skype call with Jamey in return for tutoring.
As you’ll see from the trailer, it looks like Veronica actually ends up becoming Sierra’s friend which is so refreshing.
Already, critics have deemed it another Netflix romcom success.
IndieWire was a fan of Purser’s performance but also of Sierra’s character.
“Sierra’s brazen self-love is a radical act in a world that doesn’t exactly celebrate girls who look like her — and the same could be said for Purser’s well-deserved success.”
Overall, IndieWire gave the film a B+ which is pretty damn good for a teen romcom.
Also, there was this absolute stellar line: ” Netflix has cracked the code for cheesy teen rom-coms.”
Hell yeah they have.
Los Angeles Times gave credit to the script and described the film as a heartfelt “butterfly-inducing romance” which “captures those sweets moments of falling in love.”
AND: “Centineo once again proves to be irresistible, even if his character is just a little bit too good to be true.”
I mean, who’s really shocked?
CNN made it clear that this film isn’t anything new but “graded strictly based on that modest curve, ‘Sierra Burgess’ is a winner”.
Once again, Purser got a huge thumbs up for bringing both “innate likeability and real vulnerability to a role that captures the sensitivity associated with those confusing teen years.”
Entertainment Weekly praised the film for being an anti-Insatiable with a “heroine who doesn’t look like a runway model chooses not to starve herself but instead to just be happy.”
Again: Centineo charms with the same ease he did in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. He has a vulnerability that’s rare in teen hunks…”
TIME thought that despite its faults in writing, the film is ultimately a winner and it’s 100 per cent because of the lead actors.
“Purser is a radiant presence, unafraid to reckon with how unlikable some of Sierra’s behaviour is.”
“Centineo has the shambling appeal of a junior Mark Ruffalo” and “Froseth’s Veronica is the ice queen who gradually thaws out, also thawing us out when her vulnerabilities become clear.”
Variety liked Purser’s role and performance and thought the film had an overall ’80s nostalgia vibe to it. But, to Variety, the film felt like two different movies in one and this was a major thumbs down.
“[SBIAL] is a slumber-party charmer that wants to satisfy every craving, even when what audiences are hungry for clashes, like pouring a chocolate milkshake over a pepperoni pizza.”
From a current total of eight reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 6 were positive while two were negative. The overall fresh rating now sits at 75 per cent at the time of writing.
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is available on Netflix, NOW.