Most romcoms that are made for teenagers include some of the same tropes, the mean girl, high school drama and an unrealistic look at what it’s like for that first love. But when Netflix took the book To All the Boys I loved Before by Jenny Han, what they really did was create a love letter to teenage girls.
The second book adaptation in the series, P.S. I Love You takes us back to the school where Lara Jean and Peter are starting their relationship. Instead of the back stabbing ex-girlfriend, mean girls and drama the movie takes you further down Lara Jean’s journey. After she just thinks she is understanding what it takes to be in her first relationship – she gets an answer from one of her letters. And when her old friend John Ambrose comes back into her life, it makes her question her feelings for Peter and where she is emotionally.
And while the relationships play the key drivers in the story – the message behind it all is there. Most of us are teens when we first fall in love, and despite what the movies tell us – it’s not as cut and dry as it would seem. The movie actually shows her going through the emotional turmoil that most teenagers go through, and the questioning about why it doesn’t seem to be as easy as its supposed to be. It shows that relationships take work and how fragile they can be.
But more than all of that – it shows that all of this is normal. It’s not a message that girls often see in movies and is one that while under the main surface, is one that we hope to see in more movies.
Although To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix is an enjoyable movie, it is one that isn’t deep an one that you can easily watch while doing something else. As far as a fluff film goes, the movie is one that you wont mind watching over and over again. And with the the story of Lara Jean just starting to unfold we’re excited to see where To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean will take us when that hits Netflix hopefully later this year.
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About To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self. But when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?