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When I first heard of this movie, I was super excited about it being another rom-com with an Asian-American lead. And, because I didn’t have to spend money to go see “Crazy Rich Asians,” it was absolutely perfect that “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a Netflix original. So, on Sunday, as kind of a reward for finishing all of the stuff I wanted to get done, I sat down with my ipad and watched it.
Right from the start, I knew that this was going to be a good movie. It starts off in a really cute and relatable way and then moves into showing us a little bit of what it’s like living in a household with a single father and mixed children.
It’s really nice how the movie introduced Lara Jean’s sisters, Margot, played by Janel Parrish, and Kitty, played by Anna Cathcart, and how they interact with each other. The relationship that Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor, has with her sisters is apparent almost as soon as the movie starts, and it is my favorite relationship (other than her relationship with Peter, but that’s a different story).
They are close and relatable and try to make life a little bit easier for their single father, who is trying his best. This is a small spoiler and I’m sorry, but for example, after finding out that their dad is making Korean food, Kitty complains that it tastes gross when he makes it, but Margot convinces her to pretend that it’s good and say “that’s some good food,” or something along those lines. Of course, that comes to bite Margot in the butt later when Kitty decides to say her line during a very awkward moment during dinner. While Margot isn’t present for a lot of the movie due to her being away at college, she is one of my favorite characters because she cares so much about Lara Jean and Kitty and is ready to be the big sister in any situation.
Let’s move on to my second favorite relationship, the one Lara Jean has with Peter Kavinsky. This relationship doesn’t really begin until a group of letters that Lara Jean wrote to all of her past crushes gets sent to said crushes. That’s right, every single boy she has loved before now knows about all of her innermost feelings. Unfortunately for Lara Jean, one of those boys also happens to be her sister’s boyfriend. Thankfully, those feelings that she harbored are long gone and she only kept the letter to him for safe keeping.
But, because of the letters now being out in the open, Lara Jean is confronted by Josh, Margot’s boyfriend. Or, almost confronted. This is where Peter comes in. He helps Lara Jean out in a very interesting way, and its not long before things start to get real for Lara Jean.
Overall, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a cute movie with a bunch of really good lines and dialogue. It’s a cute love story that uses a bunch of tropes but gives each of them their own little twist. The characters are fun and relatable and you’ll find yourself rooting for Lara Jean all the way to the end. And while Peter Kavinsky is a sweetheart and deserves all that’s good in the world, Lara Jean is my absolute favorite.
I definitely plan on watching it again soon, and if you haven’t watched it yet, make sure that it’s on your list! This movie was an absolute gift.