To All The Boys I Loved Before – Movie Review

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018) was one of the blockbusters of the summer airing on Netflix. Based off of Jenny Han’s novel, following Lara Jean Covey(Lana Condor) who writes letters to every one of her 5 crushes which were never to be sent out. One of the letters is addressed to Josh (Israel Broussard) who is her best friend, next door neighbor, and Margot’s (Janel Parrish), her older sister’s , boyfriend. She tries to hide her true feelings for her sisters sake. Another one is addressed to Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), one of the popular kids, who is dating Gen (Emilija Baranac) who hates Lara Jean. One day, Lara Jean’s worst nightmare happens, and the letters were sent out. Peter confronts her about it and wants to fake date her in order to make, his now ex-girlfriend, Gen jealous. Lara Jean agrees and the story follows her and Peter’s journey from fake dating to gaining true feelings towards one another.

The onscreen chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter is undeniable. I fell in love with both characters almost instantly. Centineo’s undeniable charms made him an overnight sensation who the whole internet was obsessed with. I feel that Condor should get the same recognition because she played  Lara Jean so well and made her feel very relatable. Her subtle facial expressions and natural quirks are what makes the movie so enjoyable. It’s a feel good film with funny one liners, mostly by Lara Jean’s little sister, Kitty (Anna Cathcart) who adds her sarcastic quips. This movie takes high school stereotypes and deconstructs them to add an extra layer to the film, like when Peter is talking about his family problems or when Lara Jean talks about her biggest insecurities. Overall, this movie is so wholesome and pure.

I would watch this movie over and over again. I think it’s such a cute movie. For a teen romantic comedy, it’s not as cheesy as it normally would be. I feel the ending was a little bit abrupt and could have gone a little bit longer, but Netflix has just announced a sequel and I will definitely be watching and I suggest you do too.