watch: to all the boys i’ve loved before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before poster.jpgNetflix’s newest release based on the popular YA series.

Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) loves romance and feels so deeply about certain boys. She writes them letters and sticks them in a box that only she knows about explaining her feelings. When the letters are sent out, she is forced to deal with the fallout that involves her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh (Israel Broussard), and a jock, Peter (Noah Centineo).

All weekend, I kept seeing tweets about this movie saying it was adorable and everyone should watch. They were all correct. It is the best kind of sugar rush.

Like Crazy Rich Asians, it’s a typical romantic comedy so it falls into the usual pitfalls and such but we do not get enough of teen romantic comedies anymore. It is a real shame as that is pretty much what I grew up with and especially when one is executed so well like this one.

Everyone is just so cute! And the storyline is pretty basic but they throw enough in there to keep you interested (like the mystery of who sent the letters and why?). I also adore the trope of fake relationships and Condor and Centineo (who, YES, does look and sound exactly like Mark Ruffalo and they need to be father/son in something immediately) play off each other so well. How can Peter NOT be the one you eventually fall in love with?

I also appreciated the fact that Lara Jean was the middle child between two sisters even though their relationship is way different from mine with my sisters. (Edit: And she hates to drive! I hate driving too! I’ve gotten much better but my sisters still razz me for my driving skills despite that I’ve been in less accidents than them!) And John Corbett plays their dad! Perfect. I saw people comparing his character to Larry Miller’s from 10 Things I Hate About You but he definitely was not as strict and also didn’t have that big of a role which was a tad upsetting. Still, definitely cannot be mad about his role and I will always love a movie that contains my favorite Tears For Fears song.

Well done Netflix! And yes, this is another book on my TBR list…

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