“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” – here’s everything we know so far
Trust about everybody and their dog right now is chatting away about the new Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And there’s plenty to talk about. Because the high school flick is based around a situation that most people would find completely mortifying.
In the film, protagonist Lara Jean loses a box filled with no-filters love letters to all of her classroom crushes. Ranging from previous spin-the-bottle kisses to her arch-enemy’s jock boyfriend. Uh-oh.
After a messy summer of hiding from her crushes in tree houses, and staging a fake relationship in order to lie low. Lara Jean unexpectedly ends up writing one final love letter to a certain man. But the question is, will we get a sequel?
In short, it seems likely. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is based on a three-part Young Adult fiction series by the American author Jenny Han. Based on her own habit of penning embarrassing letters for people she’s crushing on. The Netflix film covers the plot of Han’s first book of the same name. However, Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment have the film rights for the entire novel series, and they have yet to adapt her other two novels P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
Raise your hand if you love teen romance films!
I’m going to review a movie that made me wish I was in a relationship. I’ll give you three hints on the movie: Love Letters, ski trips, and friends. I’m going to be talking about “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” premiered on August 17th, 2018 on Netflix. This movie is about an asian teenager named Lara Jean Covey (played by Lana Condor) who wrote love letters to five different crushes.
One of the love letter recipients is the boyfriend of Lara’s sister Margot (played by Janel Parrish). Margot’s boyfriend, named Josh (played by Israel Broussard), also happens to be Lara’s childhood best friend. Once her love letters were delivered, the first person to confront her was Peter Kavinsky. Lara saw Josh, whom she currently had a crush on, as he was walking by, so she kissed Peter. Peter and Lara Jean entered into a fake relationship to make Peter’s girlfriend, Genieve, jealous. But will this fake relationship work?
My favorite scene from the movie, which is actually based on a book series.
That was when Lara and Peter were at the diner one evening and both were opening up about their family lives. Peter’s father wasn’t part of his life and Lara could relate to this because her mom passed away at a young age. This was a sweet moment as the first deep conversation between Lara and Peter. Which helped them both to understand more about one another. The setting was also special to Lara Jean as her mother had worked at the diner before she had passed away.
The first time I watched this movie, I fell in love with it right away. It’s safe to say that Lara Jean is boy crazy and I don’t blame her! This movie is for the teen audience who are either currently in relationships or who are interested in romance. If I had to rate this movie on a scale of 1-10, I would rate it as a 10. This is one of those movies that I could watch over and over. I like this movie because of the love story and the family and friend dynamic.
Also, the actors and actresses who portray these characters fit in well with their roles.
The ending of a good movie always leaves me wanting more. This movie ended with Lara Jean finding Peter on the lacrosse field and reading a letter she had written just for him. Lara Jean had always imagined falling in love on a field, but she had never considered the lacrosse field. The movie ends on a happy note with Peter and Lara kissing and walking off the field holding hands.
Romantic comedies have been forging a comeback, led by a recent boom on Netflix. The latest strong case for the genre’s revival is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Which embraces its rom-com trappings with a distinctly millennial self-awareness.
Based on Jenny Han’s beloved YA novel by the same name.
The movie centers on the life of Lara Jean Covey (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lana Condor). A shy high school student who’d rather watch Sixteen Candles on a Friday night than try to find her Jake Ryan in real life. Her widowed father (John Corbett) and protective sisters worry that. She’ll spend the rest of high school with her nose buried in her treasured romance novels as opposed to socializing.
That all changes when the secret love letters she has written to her crushes. Who range from the jock she smooched during a game of Spin the Bottle in the seventh grade to the boy next door who also happens to be her big sister’s boyfriend–are mysteriously sent to their addresses. As might be expected, chaos ensues. But Lara Jean’s embarrassing predicament soon develops into an unlikely love triangle that encourages her to come out of her shell and embrace her vulnerability.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Susan Johnson
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
Written By: Sofia Alvarez
On Disc/Streaming: Aug 17, 2018
Runtime: 120 minutes
Thrills in part because most viewers are all too familiar with what it feels like to baldly deny feelings for another person even as they become patently obvious to everyone else.
Much of the movie’s success is down to Condor’s gentle appeal and her quiet chemistry with co-star Noah Centineo .
Centineo is the big beating heart at the center of the somewhat reserved “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” He’s a lot like his character, bringing out the best in this love story.
This sweetness works because, like Johnson et al., we in the audience know what shape rom-coms have historically taken, and are thus ready and able to have our expectations subverted in the purest of ways.