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So here you are – probably thinking to yourself, oh boy – here goes Netflix with another teenage romantic comedy. Is it as cliché as ‘The Kissing Booth’? Absolutely yes. Is the story as improbable as ‘The Kissing Booth’? Also yes. But is the character as relatable as ‘The Kissing Booth’ heroine? Hell yes – maybe 1000x more.
You see, where ‘The Kissing Booth’ went wrong, ‘To All The Boys I Loved Before’ crushed it in every sense of it.
Let me tell you a bit of the movie before I let myself go on why this movie was incredible.
We start the movie with Lara Jean Covey (played by Lana Condor) as she day dreams about her favourite romantic book ‘The Forbidden Kiss’ before one of her sister starts taking her away from her fantasy. Lara Jean (yes, they keep on calling her by her full name throughout the movie and in my opinion it’s quite annoying) has two sisters: Margot (played by Janel Parrish) and Kitty ( played by Anna Cathcart). Margot is the elder who is currently getting ready to go to college all while playing the mom role. You see, their mom died leaving the three girls with their oncologist dad.
One thing you gotta know is that Lara Jean is in love with ‘love’ and has been having feelings for a few different guys for whom she wrote love letters but never sent them. Eventually, her little sister gets kinda frustrated about that and decides while Lara Jean is asleep to just send all these letters to all these guys.
Every teenager’s nightmare.
Obviously, one of the guys that gets the letter is popular girl Genevieve’s ex-boyfriend, Peter (played by Noah Centineo) who confronts our girl about it. Few minutes later, Josh who’s Margot’s ex-boyfriend (AND ALSO ONE OF THE RECIPIENT OF THE LETTER) tries to confront Lara Jean who due to her being scared of that confrontation, turn to Peter and kisses him.
Honestly, she just transformed what would be a horrible situation intro a dreamy one because Peter is literally a Greek God in my opinion.
Of course right after that she just escapes and goes back home, where our Greek God tries to speak with her there and eventually follows her to her favourite diner. He tells her that he doesn’t understand what she wants and that he’s not interested in her. Eventually he finds out that he’s not the only guy to receive a letter and seems a little offended, which is hilarious cause seconds ago he was the one trying to get rid of her. Ugh, boys.
Peter eventually suggests to Lara Jean a crazy but a dreamy plan – to fake that they’re together to keep Josh out of the picture and maybe potentially lure Genevieve back to him. (10 Things I Hate About You, anyone?)
Lara Jean agrees but only under some terms that she puts in a contract.
And that’s when we all fall in love for Peter.
HE’S SUCH A PERFECT FAKE BOYFRIEND GUYS!
He sends her notes, takes selfies with her, takes a picture of her for his phone’s background, tells her she’s beautiful – DOESN’T DRINK ALCOHOL AT PARTIES CAUSE HE’S THE DESIGNATED DRIVER! HE’S A TEENAGER! HE SHOULDN’T BE THAT RESPONSIBLE! (I mean they shouldn’t be drinking alcohol) BUT WHO CARES?! He’s PERFECT.
He’s basically who every girls dream of and what parent wish for.
But, he’s not the smartest cookie in town – no, no. The dude keeps on calling his ex-girlfriend on the phone a few times a week to see how she is like, what the hell – that’s not how you’re gonna get over her! Not healthy bro. And my girl Lara Jean calls him out on that. YES QUEEN!
Then, they go on a ski trip together, Genevieve starts being jealous and acting like the mean girl she is and you guess it right – I can’t keep on telling you what’s happening because that would literally spoil everything.
All I wanted to do with this little review is give you enough juice for you to want to drink it – aka go watch that movie if you’re into great teen rom-coms as I am.
So, kudos to Netflix for making this happen.
I loved this movie and the characters so much. Lara Jean was pretty but she wasn’t annoyingly or out of reach pretty. The story made sense, ish. Except for Peter being so perfect (I mean, seriously, what’s up with that?)
In general, I give this movie a 8.8/10 – I would’ve just liked to see more of Peter if that’s even possible.
Did you watch this movie yet? What did you think of it?
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