Netflix's 'Sierra Burgess is a Loser': Finally, justice for Barb from 'Stranger Things'!
Joining the slew of Netflix's recent coming of age rom-com originals, this movie turns a new leaf in the stereotypical portrayal of catfishing in movies.
Trust Netflix to do justice by Barb! 'Stranger Things' fans were left pretty confused, concerned and slightly outraged by how unfair the show was to a certain gem of a character called Barb. Short for Barbara Holland, the overprotective friend of Nancy Wheeler, who gets lost in the upside down in the very initial stages of the first season and after that, it's almost like nobody cares about her anymore.
The second season does bring back her memory, but again - there are no attempts to retrieve her - in whatever shape or form she was found in. It's almost unjust and painful - to a point where arch patrons of the character have been demanding justice for her. Or at least a closure of sorts! And while the Hawkings, Indiana natives couldn't do much about it, Netflix has decided to showcase Barb in a more modern day lighting, as Sierra Burgess in the upcoming movie, 'Sierra Burgess is a Loser.'
Joining the slew of Netflix's recent coming of age rom-com originals like 'The Kissing Booth' and 'Allex Strangelove,' this movie turns a new leaf in the stereotypical portrayal of catfishing in movies. Playing the role of the titular character Sierra will be Shannon Purser - aka everyone's beloved Barb from 'Stranger Things.'
The plot is pretty simple - the quintessential high-school-crisis for the ordinary girl, who feels like despite her bomb SAT grades and cool sense of humor, there isn't much else that makes her stand apart from the crowd.
But things changed; sooner than she would've thought.
A simple twist of fate makes the guy fall in love with Sierra, but not really. As the newly dropped trailer reveals, the guy thinks he's speaking to the popular queen bee from school, called Veronica, when in reality, he happens to have texted Sierra. Thereon begin their cutesy romance that buds based only on text and phone conversations.
Fun fact: For the longest time the two never meet because Sierra believes she's not the kind of girl he would find attractive, so what she does is keep him wooed with her brains and personality. And this Miss Smarty-pants even convinces said beauty Veronica to pretend to be her when the man of her dreams finally does video call her over Skype.
But what happens next? Does Sierra Burgess - the queen of believing and caring about more significant things in life, like brains and ambition - yet somewhere deep inside insecure about not fitting into the high school's norms of beauty - finally reveal the truth? Does Veronica (Kristine Froseth) backstab her and steal her man? Does Sierra's beau - aka Jamey (Noah Centineo) - find out about the little scam she's playing and turn her away?
The entertaining snippets building up the trailer for 'Sierra Burgess is a Loser' only lead to a reassurance that it won't disappoint. Purser, who has also starred in popular teen-suspense-thriller 'Riverdale,' shows her incredible skills when it comes to being in front of the camera.
Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ian Samuels and written by Lindsay Beer, the film also stars RJ Cyler, Chrissy Metz, and Lea Thompson. With the story, we are keeping fingers crossed so the ending isn't too cliche or predictable, but knowing Netflix - we can count on surprises! But most importantly, we are just happy that in an alternate universe, Barb is getting to enjoy the high school life that she couldn't in 'Stranger Things'!