Netflix praised for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
Sophia Lim, Staff Writer
This summer, Netflix released new chick-flicks left and right, targeting teen and millennial audiences. One of the recent movies that had gained so much popularity all over social media and has even resulted to having its own memes, is the Netflix original “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Directed by Susan Johnson, this chick-flick is an adaptation of the novel written by Jenny Han. Receiving an impressive average rating of 95 percent on the movie critic website Rotten Tomatoes, this movie was enjoyed by a majority of the public. Perhaps one of the reasons why it got so much recognition was because Lana Candor and Noah Centineo starred in the film.
A teenager in high school, Lara Jean Covey (Candor), is a hopeless romantic and writes letters to the boys she had intense crushes on in the past. However, what she had not planned on happening when she wrote those letters was for them to actually be sent to the boys. Mysteriously, her letters got out to the people they were addressed to, leaving her in a state of embarrassment and confusion. She then suddenly finds herself in a “fake” relationship with her school’s stud, Peter Kavinsky (Centineo).
As the storyline progresses, their relationship begins to develop into something deeper than what it was originally intended to be. Peter charms Lara Jean and viewers alike, and seemingly the whole world ends up falling for his character too. Yet, when outside factors get in the way, like jealous ex-girlfriends, things end up turning to be as perfect as one would hope. By opening up the film to different emotions and fears in a relationship that are relatable to millennials, producers give a sense of insight and reassurance. Many of those ranging from high-school, college and even young adults, at some point would go through the fear of putting themselves out there to love and get hurt.
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” provides a refreshing outlook and perspective that others could also be experiencing the same emotions that we feel about love. This teen rom-com pulls everyone’s heartstrings and will have you crying sappy tears as they all wish for their own Peter Kavinsky. The portrayal of some characters and events is somewhat realistic, but in other parts of the movie, the things that happen are far-fetched. As a result of the over-the-top portrayal that Peter displays to Lara Jean, like his sweet gesture of driving to the other side of town to get her a yogurt drink, teenagers out there will now begin to set their expectations of boys high.
This film provides the right mix of humor, quirkiness, lessons and romance. If you are looking for a cheesy chick-flick with a sweet story to watch on Netflix, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a good option. Just a warning though, you may end up like the rest of the world who has watched it and are now on the search for that yogurt drink.