Day 16: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This is some mandatory viewing.

Everything between the story to some of the visuals, everything about this film just radiates cuteness.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is about Lara Jean who when she gets a crush so extreme, she writes a letter to get her emotions and passion on paper. It’s the equivalent of writing out an angry message to a boss that you never send out. But sometimes, we accidentally press send. And in the case of To All The Boys, her younger sister sends all five letters out to all those boys.

In order to avoid an awkward conversation with her neighbour, and also triples as her first boy friend (emphasis on the space between the words), and her older sister’s ex-boyfriend, she fake dates one of her old crushes, that also doubles as the ex-boyfriend to her ex-best friend. If it all sounds very high school-y, it’s because it obviously is, but if John Hughes has taught us anything, that never has to be a bad thing.

We watch Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) maneuver this fake relationship, but as rom-com’s have taught us anything, it’s a recipe for falling for one another.

Yes, the film can be a bit predictable, but that doesn’t make it less adorable. There’s a huge important focus on sisters, families and love. There’s so much love in that house, even with that loss in their family.

There doesn’t need to be the focus for the film, but the way it slightly touches on what it also means to be Korean in America, it’s never the emphasis on it. Just like it’s supposed to be, we don’t need to call attention for diversity, it should just be there, it’s as simple as that.

Thank you to the friends who told me to watch this.


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