Loser or Not
“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.” – IMDB.
The movie’s protagonists are Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Loretta Devine, and Giorgia Whigham.
This amazing and heartwarming movie was directed by Ian Samuels, and the screenplay was written by Lindsey Beer.
I honestly don’t get why people do not like this movie. The acting was great, and it teaches you a valuable lesson: that you, under any circumstances, should judge someone just because of how they look. It isn’t even a bit cliché, which is exactly what everyone likes this days—cheesy, romantic movies (I do too, even if they sometimes don’t even make sense, take Twilight for example.) It is about finding love by judging the person by how their heart is.
You shouldn’t even care if you look “fat,” even when studies have proven that being exactly like a Barbie-doll woman is damaging and totally unreal (the tiniest waist doesn’t support our upper part of the body), which makes me realize that our appearance isn’t everything.
This movie has made me realize that we’re all perfect and unique in many different ways. We should always feel proud of how we are, because if you’re smart enough to be a bookworm, or you want to try reading scripts because you want to become a writer/screenwriter, then I appreciate your time reading this. Because we are all special the way we are. We cannot just become a bland version of ourselves and then try to be like everyone else—and you should never say “I wish I were him/her,” because that would make your confidence crumble 100%, and make you feel like you’re trash.
You are NOT trash. At all.
So, on to the movie review…
I love how this movie portrays differences, just at the beginning.
Sierra Burgess has a gorgeous mom and a famous dad of a writer, so living up to the Burgess name is quite hard for her. She has to live her parents’ expectations, be a member of the school band (playing the clarinet), being an A+ student, and on top of it all, having almost-perfect SAT scores.
This would be really stereotypical if she were the most popular girl at school, but she’s a plus-sized girl navigating High School. The fact that she’s the school’s biggest “loser” worsens it.
And on the other side of the pond, mean girl Veronica likes a college freshman, who dumps her via DM, just because he told her that she wasn’t “smart enough” for him.
Are boys that stupid that just because a girl is three years younger than them, they call her “not smart enough?” Or just because Veronica was mean, pretty, popular, and egocentric?
We might never know, my readers.
So, when Veronica is eating lunch out with her friends in a Diner, a super cute boy approaches her. She’s her school’s enemy, so star-crossed lovers, ha? Nope. She’s supposedly in a relationship with a boy named Spence (the freshman in college that dumped her), even after he broke up with her, so to be “nice,” she gave him Sierra Burgess’ number.
And after a while, Jamey (the boy in the Diner), texted the number, which was Sierra.
So, a virtual romance sparks between the both of them.
After a while, with Veronica’s help (who happens to be a total sweetheart), Sierra wins Jamey’s heart, virtually of course. Then, the worst happens.
Jamey invites “Veronica” on a date, face-to-face.
So, Veronica, trying to help, goes to the date—with her so-called friends. Sierra goes too, but in secret, as she doesn’t want to be noticed. Why? Well, Veronica invites her so-called friends, and Jamey his best friends—so that makes her dress up as a sleuth in hopes that nobody notices her.
And nobody did, thankfully.
Because if they did notice her, then their plan would go downwards and… um, let’s say it wouldn’t be good, and Sierra’s friendship with Veronica would be destroyed to ashes.
So, after the movie, Jamey walks Veronica to his car, and the head cheerleaders tells him that she has a curfew, making Jamey feel disappointed.
The funniest thing about this part, is that Sierra hides under Jamey’s car (lame I know, but it’s super funny), and overhears Veronica’s conversation with Jamey. She sends her a text, and Veronica suddenly looks alarmed.
Jamey then asks if they can kiss, and Veronica tells him to close his eyes. She then swaps herself with Sierra, and since Jamey’s eyes are closed, he kisses Sierra. After they pull away, Jamey wants to open his eyes, but then Veronica swaps places with Sierra again.
It was Sierra Burgess’ first kiss, and I’m happy to say that I find this relationship super-cute, even though Jamey thinks he kissed Veronica. He has fallen in love with Sierra, the Sierra everyone is so busy judging by how she looks and not how she really is in the inside—nice, funny, caring, and the most important thing, beautiful.
Sierra thought that Veronica was a perfect girl, she probably thought that Veronica had a caring father, and a rich family. We then get to know that Veronica isn’t spoiled, but that her father left her, and that carved a mean image, the image everyone in her school knew her to be.
After a while, they have a game, between their rivals. Jamey, as I mentioned before, is from Sierra’s rival school. So, when Veronica begins to arrive to the game, Jamey approaches her and asks if they are official. Veronica’s friends laugh and ask her, “But, what about Spence?”
Jamey then thinks that Veronica is cheating on Spence with him, or even vice versa. Then, they aren’t in speaking terms—because Jamey thinks that since Veronica goes to his school’s rival and arch nemesis, they shouldn’t go “out.”
And then on the game, Sierra isn’t on speaking terms with Veronica either, because she thinks that veronica kissed Jamey, and that wasn’t even true. They were talking, and their faces were really close. So, Sierra assumed that they were making out, and they weren’t.
Suddenly, Jamey is harmed, and the truth is revealed.
He gets to know that Sierra was pretending to be Veronica, and Veronica was trying to be more like Sierra, so she could win back Spence.
After a while, it’s prom night. Veronica’s life is a complete mess—and she tries to reconcile with Sierra and be one of her best friends again, but it isn’t exactly that easy.
So, she goes to Jamey’s house and tells him everything, and then, he asks Sierra out to prom, surprising her outside her house.
Thankfully, Sierra was going, but with her best friend, Dan. She was already wearing a beautiful dress, and that made her outstanding.
Then, when Jamey and Sierra get to the school prom, everyone there is immensely shocked. Why? They couldn’t believe a cute jock was going out with the biggest “loser” in school.
So, Veronica then approaches Sierra, and Jamey leaves to bring them drinks.
Then, Veronica spills everything, and at the end, Dan, Sierra, and Veronica hug each other, making us realize that they are now in good terms.
Now, to the moment of truth…
I give this wonderful movie an 8/10!
There were a few scenes that could’ve been better, but apart from that, I love the message this movie provides to the audience. This is prefect for preteens too, but it’ll be more relatable to the teenagers that are in High School or starting their journey throughout it.
I’ve come to realize that critics didn’t like this movie because of how Sierra looked—and it’s totally unacceptable.
Just because the girl is supposedly “fat” (she isn’t even fat, she’s plus-sized), and she falls in love with a jock virtually, and then, when the jock learns the truth of who she really is, loves her, doesn’t seem “real” to their eyes, doesn’t mean it isn’t heartwarming.
I felt some tears slip away when I was watching this movie using my Netflix account.
It’s amazing and totally relatable.
Barbie-like women do not exist, boys. Get a girl that loves you and appreciates you for what you are, and then you’ll be elated and content with yourself.
Remember, dear readers, looks and appearances do not matter. What really matters is how your heart is. How you behave. How you are in life.
I hope that this post brightens your day and keep out for the next movie review!
Until the next time, my readers!
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