To end a very long, stressful first week of school, my best friend and I decided to watch Netflix. We plopped down on the couch with a few bottles of soda and some burritos.
The first movie to pop up in the “Featured” section was a teen rom-com movie titled “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” I glanced over the description as the trailer immediately began to play beneath it.
I looked at my best friend and she nodded. I clicked the play button, starting the movie. For the next hour and forty minutes, our hearts melted over and over again.
The movie, based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han, directed by Susan Johnson, follows Lana Condor’s sixteen year-old Lara Jean Covey, who wrote five love letters throughout her years of crushing on boys. These letters were never meant to be mailed; that is, until one of her sisters gets ahold of them, mailing them in hopes of getting her sibling a boyfriend. A few of the recipients, including Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) and Josh Sanderson (Israel Broussard) confront Lara Jean and she manages to tangle herself in a mess of lies and a fake boyfriend.
Out of the hundreds of romance movies on Netflix, this could be the best. The movie has quickly earned a cult following across all social medias, especially Stan Twitter and Tumblr. Most girls are suckers for a sweet and romantic relationship. They also love to watch people fall in love.
“I love the movie because it shows how difficult relationships whether they are friendships or romantic can be in highschool and the movie just feels honest and funny which makes watching it super enjoyable,” expresses senior Lily Morgan.
The obsession over Peter Kavinsky has quickly swept through Leigh High School. “My favorite character has to be Peter because of the way he treated Lara Jean. He was really sweet to her and that just made me like him the most,” says freshman Julie Belov.
Although the movie follows a storyline that’s been used several times, it brings a few new elements to the screen.
For instance, a movie that would usually be dominated by a white cast placed an Asian American as the lead. It’s very rare to see a teen movie center around an Asian American lead. Part of the reasoning behind the casting is, Jenny Han would not settle for a producer unless they kept the lead the same ethnicity as the character from the book. “Since this movie is so popular I think that other productions will consider to being open to more Asian-American leads,” states sophomore Ally Suzuki.
Also, the importance of social media and technology in today’s society is very evident. Peter posts pictures of his and Lara’s “dates” and them hanging out several times throughout the movie. The issue of Lara Jean not publicizing their relationship is also brought up in some scenes. As well as social media, the couple changes their lock screens to pictures of each other.
If you’re ever feeling down or in the need of some cheering up, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the feel-good movie for you.