- By: Mia Dodson
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Netflix is always releasing new movies and television shows, and it’s latest romantic-comedy is not one to ignore.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is based on a book series about shy, invisible, hopeless romantic Lara Jean. She is entering her junior year and she has a problem with boys. She’s never had a boyfriend, but she has had some pretty intense crushes. Whenever she gets one of these crushes, she writes a letter, never meaning for them to be sent out. But they do get sent out, and this turns Lara Jean’s quiet high school existence upside down.
There are 5 letters. One to John Ambrose, a boy Lara Jean went to Model UN with, another was to Kenny, a boy she met at summer camp when she was younger. One to Lucas Krapf, a boy who Lara Jean danced with at her freshman homecoming, the next to Josh Sanderson, her neighbor and older sister’s boyfriend. And the last to Peter Kavinsky, a boy she played spin the bottle with in the 7th grade, a stereotypical jock, and her ex-best friend’s boyfriend. After they get mailed out, she ends up fake-dating Peter in a play to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.
Now onto the review. This movie was probably one of my favorite rom-coms ever. It had a perfect balance of comedy, romance, drama, stereotypes, and originality. It had many lovable characters, great relationships, great friendships, really the whole package. This is one of those book-to-movie adaptations that anyone can watch, whether you’ve read the books (there are 3) or not.
The characters were beautiful. The main character, Lara Jean, is a lovable goofball who anyone can very much relate with. Peter Kavinsky seems like your typical jock, but there is much more than that, he turns out to be sweet under the popular guy persona. Josh Sanderson is your typical boy next door, he is very protective, and that can make him a bit annoying at times, but always sweet and genuine. Margot, the perfect older sister, who has a soft soft for her younger siblings. Kitty, Lara Jean’s sarcastic and witty younger sister. Her dad, her enemy, her best friend, and so many more character that I just couldn’t get enough of.
The story is genius. Yes, this story has common contemporary-romance tropes, but it also has a stunning amount of originality. I really liked the concept of the letters, with them getting sent, with her not falling and ending up with her long-time and biggest crush.
It was very original, funny, heart-warming, and I don’t regret watching it at all.
So next time, you’re surfing through Netflix looking for a feel-good movie or show, check out To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!