Sierra Burgess Captures The Struggles of Confidence But

'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser' Captures The Struggles Of Self-Confidence But Also Has Offensive Moments

If you overlook the socially inappropriate moments, this Netflix film is pretty entertaining and real.

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Netflix has been on a roll lately with their original content. With hits like "Stranger Things" or instant classics like "To All The Boys I've Ever Loved Before," they almost always hit it right on the money.

It comes as no shocker that their latest original film, "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser," would premiere with tons tuning in with excitement. I know I was. After viewing it, I overall enjoyed it. It had many cute and light-hearted moments, mixed with raw and relatable ones. However, there is no denying this movie, at times, lacked a moral conscience and made a few inappropriate jokes that missed the mark, but we'll get to that later.

The one thing this movie does extremely effectively, in my opinion, is its ability to accurately convey what it's like to be young growing up in today's society, specifically the impact on one's self-esteem. The movie centers around Sierra Burgess, your typical high school high achiever. She struggles to feel seen; to truly identify what makes her special. When the stereotypical popular girl, Veronica, purposefully gives Sierra's number to a good looking boy, Jamey, with what she deems as "loser" friends, a catfish extravaganza ensues, with Sierra pretending to be Veronica to keep talking to Jamey.

As their relationship progresses, Sierra's feelings become real, as do Jamey's. But with that, complications arise and Sierra must enlist the help of her once nemesis, Veronica. And thus a genuine friendship blossoms. There are many cute moments with both Sierra's relationship with Jamey and the friendship with her and Veronica. However, in between all of these moments, there are a few tasteless things that cannot go unnoticed.

The most notable is Sierra pretending to be deaf, while Jamey's actual brother is deaf. In order to help mask her voice, which Jamey as this point knows, she pretends to be deaf by making up sign language. The moment, although light-hearted in nature, just misses the mark and becomes offensive. Of all ways they could have made her hide her voice, having her use sign language in a mocking manner was not the right one. There has been some notable backlash following this addition, and rightfully so; It just really is not tasteful or appropriate.

Now, when you look past all of these inconsiderate aspects, the movie hits home perfectly with the struggles young people have with confidence, both academically and personally. One notable moment that was so incredibly raw and emotional is when Sierra breaks down saying how hard it is to "look like this" and be growing up as a teenager. Her disgust with herself and a complete lack of good self-esteem was so genuine and something I personally connected with. In today's day and age, we all have this image and this inaccurate perception of what society wants. We all have had those rock-bottom moments when we just feel horrible about ourselves like we aren't good enough to get a cute guy to like us for who we are, or to get into college, or have friends. But it isn't true, and this movie shows that.

The movie, although not realistic and essentially a catfishing story, does hit home for a lot of people suffering from feeling unconfident about themselves. Despite the distasteful moments, the movie is entertaining and exemplifies how important it is to be who you are, not who you think society wants you to be.

Watch "Sierra Boggess Is A Loser," but do so with a grain of salt, because once you get paste those iffy moments, you'll be moved by a story about the struggles of growing up today.

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'Unplanned' Is The Movie Of The Year

Abby Johnson's story is real, powerful, and deserves our attention.

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A suspended Twitter account, an R rating, and only 1,000 theaters showing it with an expected $3 million in sales. Flash forward to when "Unplanned" started showing...it's doubled in expected sales, beaten records left and right for views and money it's bringing in and is currently ranked #4 in the US. Besides unexpected and outstanding statistics, it's a movie about something new. Something Hollywood has never covered. Something that is raw and truthful, holding nothing back even if it's hard to watch.

Abby Johnson's story is real and powerful. She's seen every single side and hidden corner of the pro-life/pro-choice movement in her own personal life, which makes her the perfect voice for the unborn and unplanned.

You can't hear her story or watch "Unplanned" without relating to at least one part of it.

Is it graphic? Yes. But is it over dramatized? Nope. Everything within the first 30 minutes of "Unplanned" is what happens every hour of every day in America and we call it equal rights for women. Personally, I've always been pro-life. But after leaving that movie, I've never been more pro-women. I was angry watching it. Women are lied to about everything in Planned Parenthood. Women are coerced into killing their own children and then told that it's not even a child yet. These women are scared, hopeless, and looking for an instant solution and Planned Parenthood takes advantage of it and makes money off it. If you're a woman and reading this, why AREN'T you angry yet?

This movie was everything the world needed after New York dropped the ban on late-term abortions. This movie is everything this country needed to see. For once, someone took a risk and threw hard, real, truth out into the world and didn't sweep it under the rug.

Pro-life, pro-choice, whatever you are — this movie is the movie of the year. The only excuse for those who don't go and see it is that they too like to sweep things under the rug.

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Thanos Isn't The Real Villain, Overpopulation Is — He Actually Fixed The Problem

Overpopulation is a real world problem, and Thanos posed a solution.

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If you've ever seen any "Avengers," "Guardians of the Galaxy," or Marvel superhero movies, you'll know who Thanos is. He's portrayed as the evil father of Gamora and his goal is clear: to wipe out half of the population. Many of us were not expecting him to actually succeed — because, in every other movie, the Avengers prevail. But in "Avengers: Infinity War," this was simply not the case. He successfully wiped out exactly half of the population and we watched some of our favorite characters like Black Panther, Vision, The Witch, and Groot disintegrate. But why was this such a bad thing?

Thanos' logic isn't really off — overpopulation has been a real-world problem for years now, with the rate growing at two percent per year. Even though this doesn't sound like a lot, it's faster than any other time period in history. This means that death rates either need to go up, or the birth rate needs to decrease.

According to the World Population Census, in 2015 there were approximately 7.2 billion people in the world. But in 2016, it was approximately 7.3 billion. In just a year, a little more than 100 million people were born. At this rate, overpopulation will affect the amount of food available, poverty rates, and air quality. With so many people continuously being born, factories are going to be forced to produce more products, releasing more CO2. Poverty rates will rise because there won't be many jobs available so people won't be able to afford much. While this sounds like a very grave diagnosis, Thanos found a solution to this in the "Avengers: Infinity War" film. By collecting the infinity stones of mind, power, reality, soul, space, and time, he succeeded in fixing this overpopulation problem — that is a serious problem today.

Since infinity stones, unfortunately, don't exist, what can we do to prevent overpopulating our beautiful planet? The answer may lie in finding more effective ways to use our natural resources better, or it may not, we have no way to know for sure. Maybe the Earth can hold more than eight billion people and still maintain other species. While we may never be able to accurately predict what could happen, we know that overpopulation is eventually inevitable. So far, there isn't an answer to solve this issue either, which may sound like a very depressing fact, but it's true. Multiple theories have been suggested but, none have been enacted. "Avengers: Infinity War" was a cinematic wake-up call, and proves that maybe Thanos isn't so crazy after all. While infinity stones would be a great answer to this problem, they don't exist. So, in the wise words of Tony Stark, " Let's do something insane — let's save the world."

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