Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)

Movie Name/Year: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Length: 105 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production/Distribution: Black Label Media, Netflix
Director: Ian Samuels
Writer: Lindsey Beer
Actors: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Loretta Devine, Giorgia Whigham, Alice Lee, Lea Thompson, Alan Ruck, Mary Pat Gleason, Chrissy Metz, Elizabeth Tovey, Mariam Tovey, Matt Malloy, Will Peltz, Geoff Stults, Shoniqua Shandai, Joey Bell, Mario Revolori, Cochise Zornoza, Joey Morgan, JT Neal, Wolfgang Novogratz, Brandon Thomas Lee

Blurb from IMDb: A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

Selina’s Point of View:
Oh my god, read the room. I haven’t seen a movie this tone-deaf in a long time.

Here’s the problem: the movie itself wasn’t bad. It’s just under two-hours, so I’d say about an hour of it is decent. There are a few scenes that are not the best for our era, though.

You can clearly see that Sierra Burgess is a Loser attempt to pay homage to the films of the Brat Pack era. Pretty in Pink (1986) can be seen as an influence to the majority of the film. That, in itself, is not a bad thing. John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) is damn good writing to build off of, that said – there are aspects of 80s movie culture that just doesn’t work in today’s world.

It’d be more of a problem, but the ending made the entire film pointless anyway. So, as tone-deaf as it was, the movie argues its way into the unnecessary category.

I keep trying to think of how to explain what I mean without issuing spoilers, but I don’t think I can. I’ll just say this: no one learned anything and nothing happened for a reason.

That’s what I got.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 62%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 33%
Metascore – 60/100
Metacritic User Score – 4.7/10
IMDB Score – 5.9/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating – 2/5

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