Content Note: sexism, sexual harrassment, rape culture
Plot: Jane (Julia Garner) works as an assistant for a famous film executive. She is usually the first to come in and the last to leave, utterly dedicated to her job and hoping that it is going to be the jumping off point for her own career as a producer. But rumors abound about the executive and his treatment of women, and in the course of a single day, Jane witnesses enough things to make her very concerned, especially when very young and very pretty Sienna (Kristine Froseth) shows up as a new assistant and hopeful actor.
The Assistant is a quiet film that looks at the many ways that sexual harrassment is present and protected in the workplace, especially in the film industry. It does so with a great lead and a lot of knowledge about both harrassment and the film industry. It’s hard to watch in the best of ways.
Plot: Sierra (Shannon Purser) is far from a popular girl. Not like Veronica (Kristine Froseth) who hates Sierra and has boys flocking to her. Boys like Jamey (Noah Centineo) who gets up his courage to ask for her number. But Veronica isn’t interested in someone she sees as a loser – and instead gives Jamey Sierra’s phone number. Jamey and Sierra start texting and get along great, but Sierra doesn’t dare tell Jamey who she really is – and isn’t. But Veronica, too, has boy trouble: she really wants to impress the college guy she dates with her knowledge – and for that, she needs Sierra’s help.
When Sierra Burgess came out, I remember there being a lot of criticism of it, but that memory had – unfortunately – faded to a point where I thought, I’d give the film a chance. I shouldn’t have. The criticism was right, this film is a very hot mess.