TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

P.S. I Still Love You

The long-awaited movie sequel “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: PS I Still Love You”—based on the book with the same title by Jenny Han—was dropped on Netflix on February 12 following a year and a half hiatus. The first movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” followed hopeless romantic Lara Jean Covey, portrayed by Lana Condor. Covey’s younger sister Kitty sent out the five love notes Lara Jean had written at different times in her life, in hopes of one of the guys responding and sharing her feelings. Peter Kavinsky, portrayed by Noah Centineo, one of the boys who received a letter, proposed that he and Lara Jean fake date in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. After the couple fake date for some time, they form feelings for each other and start actually dating, which is where the second movie begins. 

The movie starts with Peter taking Lara Jean on her first real date. The relationship seems to be going without a hitch. That is, until Lara Jean receives a letter back—in response to her love letter—from John Ambrose McLaren, portrayed by Jordan Fisher. When both Lara Jean and John Ambrose coincidentally start volunteering at the Bellview—a senior center—on the same day, her suppressed emotions for him start to resurface. The two decide to throw a tree house party, getting their original group back together to open up a time capsule they buried when they were younger. The group included Peter, Peter’s ex Genevieve, Trevor, and Chris, Lara Jean’s bestfriend. Immediately Peter gets suspicious of Lara Jean and John Ambrose because she did not tell John that they were dating. From that moment on the couple faces rocky waters as they try to navigate the fact that both of them are friends with someone they used to like.

Although the movie has been wildly successful, it did not quite measure up to the first movie or the book. It has a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.2/10 on IMDb, while the first movie was ranked significantly higher on both sites. The movie also drastically changed the plot from the book in many aspects. A large portion of the book revolves around a game the group played in grade school called Assassins, a strategic game of tag. At their party they decide to play it again and whoever wins gets a wish from whoever they want. This game was not even referenced and was actually pretty influential in the development of the plot in the book. Another change from the book to the movie would be how Lara Jean was reunited with John Ambrose and the role the Bellview plays in it. In the book, Lara Jean spent a lot of time at the Bellview, and a resident living there, Stormy, took Lara Jean under her wing. At the party, Stormy introduced her to her grandson, who happened to be John Ambrose. While this was not as significant of a change, the difference in meeting disappointed fans because the book scene was much more romantic.

Even with all of the changes, this teenage romance movie did not disappoint and was a good movie to drop right before Valentine’s Day. Now there is a new question, when will we get the next movie “Always and Forever Lara Jean”?