Sierra Burgess Is a Magnificent Beast

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Sierra Burgess Is a Magnificent Beast

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser certainly isn’t a To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but they are great movies in their own ways. Personally, I feel like a cool plot twist would’ve been Sierra and Veronica falling in love instead because their scenes together were some of my favorites. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser has all the makings of a traditional teen rom com; a mean girl, a loveable jock, a house party and a school dance. But the writers thankfully did away with one teen rom com trope: the makeover scene.

Makeover scenes are fun. How many of us have daydreamed about going shopping with our friends and trying on a bunch of different clothes, while trendy pop songs play in the background? They’re aesthetically pleasing, but the idea behind a makeover scene isn’t as nice. The makeover scene is so common, we almost expect it in most rom coms now. Think Sandy in Grease going from girl next door to every greasers wet dream to impress Danny Zuko. Or Zack Siler in She’s All That having his sister transform Laney in order to prove to his friends that he can turn any girl into a prom queen. We’re repeatedly shown that in order to get the guy, we have to change how we look.

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Sierra Burgess however, never changes the way she dresses. She never undergoes an outward metamorphosis, but rather one that is inward and more for herself than for the guy she likes. Sierra doesn’t hate herself, a trait we’ve seen in plenty movies, she is simply just still growing into herself. And her wondering if she is someone Jamey would be interested in, is a feeling I think most of us can relate to. Sierra is human, and is not defined by her imperfections. She is a self-proclaimed “magnificent beast”.

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