+ Recommended – TV-14, Drama, Romance
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the perfect palette cleanser. This Netflix exclusive is based on the New York Times bestseller novel by the same name, written by Jenny Han. In the film, we follow Lara Jean (Lana Condor) as she reels in the aftermath of her past crushes made very public when the love letters she wrote them mysteriously get sent out. What follows in the next hour and forty minutes is a sweet and painless look into a pretty realistic portrayal of modern high school life.
Most of my favorite scenes from the movie focused on the relationship between Lara Jean and her family, specifically the moments between her and her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) as they try to navigate the tricky waters of burgeoning adulthood. With Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty (Anna Cathcart) and their father, Dr. Covey (John Corbett), we watch as a family tries to find how they fit together after the loss of their mother. What I’m saying is that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is really three different movies artfully spliced into one.
The rest of the film focusses on Lara Jean’s conversations with the recipients of her letters. From her sister’s boyfriend and her former best friend, Josh (Israel Broussard), to the perfect gay best friend, Lucas (Trezzo Mahoro), these moments where the letters come full circle are what breathe life into the film. With an upbeat and pop fuelled soundtrack to bounce your way through the film, this is a Netflix film you won’t want to miss.
With all the hype I’ve seen for it lately, I was a little worried, but it stayed pretty true to expectations. If you’re looking for a fun Saturday night flick to catch with your friends, I would definitely recommend you check out this one and we’ll all have to keep our eyes open for the sequel that is clearly on its way!