As luck would have it, 2018 is turning out to be a banner year for the rom-com genre with a slew of new, stellar offerings out on both the big and small screens including Crazy Rich Asians, which is currently on at the flicks, and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is available on the streamer now.
And the hits just keep on coming, with Netflix releasing its newest rom-com over the weekend, Sierra Burgess is a Loser. This YA rom-com will capture your heart the same way To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before did and not just because the romantic lead is played by the same actor, Noah Centineo.
Here, we make a case for why Sierra Burgess is a Loser is your next rom-com must-see.
1. Noah Centineo is in it
Need we say more? Probably not, but just in case you’ve missed everything that’s happened on the internet and all social media channels for the past few weeks here’s a refresher: 22-year-old actor Noah Centineo is the star of Netflix’s recent rom-com cult hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and since the streamer dropped the movie, everyone on the internet and social media has fallen in love with his character and also him IRL.
Centineo gained over a million followers in one day on the ‘Gram after the streamer released the rom-com and now he’s the internet’s favourite boyfriend.
The 22-year-old heartthrob stars in Netflix’s newest rom-com flick, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, playing the handsome love interest, Jamey.
2. It’s a modern retelling of a classic story
Who doesn’t love an updated take on a classic story? We were all here for Clueless which is, of course, Jane Austen’s Emma transplanted to 1995 Beverly Hills, and we all loved the modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew, 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.
Sierra Burgess is a Loser is another updated take on a classic, this time the play Cyrano de Bergerac. But where the protagonist in Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play is a gentlemen who likes a girl but doesn’t think she’ll like him back, so he convinces a good looking gent to pretend to be him, Sierra Burgess is a Loser’s does a gender flip placing a high school girl, Sierra (played by Shannon Purser), in the lead role with Jamey (Noah Centineo) the object of her affection and Veronica (played by Kristine Froseth) the beautiful-but-mean cheerleader Sierra convinces to pretend to be her.
3. Chrissy Metz from This Is Us plays a hilarious ‘mumager’
Chrissy Metz, one of the stars of tear-jerking drama show This Is Us, doesn’t have a huge amount of screen time in the film but when she does, it’s dynamite. Metz plays Trish, Veronica’s bitter, hectic pageant ‘mumager’ who champions cheerleading over study and joins other extreme on-screen mums, like Regina George’s mum (played by Amy Poehler) in Mean Girls, in the hall of how-not-to-parent fame.
4. The on-screen friendships will give you warm fuzzy feelings
Sierra and her best buddy Dan (played by RJ Cyler) have a fantastic fun friendship the envy of real-life relationships everywhere. During the course of the movie Sierra and Dan face ups and downs and feelings get hurt but at the end of the day, the flick cements the priceless value of having good friends in your corner.
5. Kristine Froseth gives us serious hair and make-up #goals
Kristine Froseth who plays Veronica is supposed to be drop-dead gorgeous and she lives up to that ideal giving us the best hair and beauty goals including a killer revamp of the classic ponytail style. Watch, study and take detailed notes.