Thanks to Netflix, the rom-com is back and redefining our conventional expectations. First, we were blessed with Set It Up, then we collectively fell in love with All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and now Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is about to grace our TV screens as a modern retelling of the play Cyrano de Bergerac.
In the same way that 10 Things I Hate About You is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Clueless was based on Emma, Netflix’s latest romantic comedy is a version of Edmond Rostand’s classic 1897 play–except it’s told in the era of social media, texting, and FaceTime.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the play, Cyrano de Bergerac is about a poet who’s too ashamed to tell Roxanne, the woman he loves, how he feels because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian, falls in love with her too, he asks for Cyrano’s help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian’s name, and Roxane doesn’t realize that it’s Cyrano’s words she falls for.
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser is an updated version of this story. It follows “unpopular” girl Sierra (Shannon Purser), who falls in love with jock Jamey (your internet boyfriend Noah Centineo) after he texts her number thinking she’s a different girl. In order to keep talking to him, Sierra teams up with Veronica (Kristine Froseth)—the cheerleader Jamey thinks he’s talking to—and continually tells her what to say over FaceTime (basically, they catfish him…but we get how it happened).
Watch the trailer below:
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser premieres Friday, September 7th, on Netflix. Now go forth and impress your friends with your newfound Cyrano knowledge.