Sierra Burgess is a Loser is outdated, unoriginal, and glorifies many aspects of sociopathy. This is a movie that teaches and shapes young minds to sympathise with a girl who does terrible things but is apparently a victim because she feels a little self conscious and is a bit unpopular. Sierra Burgess is a loser is a terrible movie for the many following reasons.
Sierra Burgess is a Loser’s main character Sierra is idolised when in fact she displays many sociopathic tendencies. A sociopath is defined as a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour. There are many symptoms associated with sociopathy and quite a few of them are shown in this movie. One of the first symptoms is untruthfulness and insincerity. This is present in the entire movie as I have discussed before in the form of catfishing. The entire movie revolves around Sierra pretending she is someone else to catch the attention of a boy she hasn’t even met. Another example is Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior. In one scene, Sierra sees her new friend Veronica ( the one she is imitating) kissing Jamey (the one she likes) and reacts massively unnecessarily as Veronica only did this to protect Sierra’s cover ( she doesn’t even like Jamey). Sierra takes personal information and photos that veronica sent her in confidence and publicly displays them to the entire school. Sierra also displays manipulative behaviour, another symptom of sociopathy. As previously mentioned, this entire movie is about catfishing! She uses the image of Veronica to manipulate a boy into texting and flirting with her. The final symptom of sociopathy I found to be present in Sierra’s actions was lack of remorse or shame. Sierra blatantly pretends to be mute and deaf in front of Jamey so he won’t hear and recognise her voice. All of this is in front of his deaf, mute brother. Considering the amount of time they spend talking then she probably knew full well of his condition and acts in a shameless manner. And she is supposed to be the hero of the story! How can anyone enjoy a movie that glorifies such a terrible disorder?
This entire movie is one big cliché. For a movie that supposedly sends a message that being fat isn’t ugly and that only personality counts, it starts off pretty rough. In the very first scene it presents the idea the the main character is fat, ugly, and smart. The biggest cliché ever! Not to mention she wears glasses. The smart person, wears glasses! The movie is so unoriginal it relies on recycled, overused and outdated ideas to get by. The popular girl is mean, pretty, and skinny. Another massive cliché. Why can’t we get a good movie that begins with a popular, fat person, or a nice, popular person, or even just a dumb, unpopular person. This movie tries to promote the idea that fat shaming is bad but uses fat shaming concepts, clichés, and ideas to attempt to convey this. If the rest of the movie made up for this with wit, and important morals and ideas, maybe the audience could forgive this, but the pale, shallow concept for the rest of the film leaves the desperate use of clichés in a final effort to be relatable, exposed.
The main problem with the movie Sierra Burgess is a loser starts with the concept. The movie is loosely based off of the famous play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac. This is a beautiful poetic play that is well suited to its time frame. The main plot line is: an officer and poet, Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane without her knowing. He believes that Roxane will reject him because of his large nose. He begins writing letters to her from one of his trainees, Christian, who is also in love with Roxane but doesn’t know how to tell her. She falls for the letters but believes that they were written by Christian. These ideas belong in the age they were written, to use such an outdated concept now is ridiculous. Nowadays, using someone’s name and face to pretend you are them online is called catfishing. It is a real problem in the modern world. This movie teaches young children that this is an acceptable thing to do. It portrays the villain in the movie, Sierra, as being the good guy. At the end of the movie the victim, Jamey, forgives Sierra for imitatinghis crush and takes her to prom. As if it was nothing that she lead him to believe his massive crush was in love with him for weeks. What message are we sending our children? That they should lie, hide and cheat instead of being confident and truthful? That pretending to be someone else to impress a crush will get them to like you? This movie is teaching our children terrible morals and concepts. I believe the problem starts with a plot line that is better left in the past.As anyone who has seen this movie should clearly know by now, this movie is shallow, horrible, unoriginal and based on a plot that should have been left in 1897. It glorifies sociopathy, relies on clichés, isn’t even an original plot line, and idolises a character who catfished someone and should clearly be the villain in the story. Sierra Burgess is a loser is the worst movie I’ve ever seen.