Movie Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before–Emphasis on Loved


Maya Apau and Tabitha Moses

Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky making a deal.

by Maya Apau and Tabitha Moses

Imagine this. . .your secret love letters are exposed to the public. This happens to a girl named Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor, who has a wild first couple months of junior year when she starts hanging out with heartthrob Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo. It’s wild because of the crazy deal she makes with “The King of the Lunchroom” Peter Kavinsky.  

Here’s the deal: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky start fake dating to make the two other people they like jealous. Through this ‘relationship’, Peter is trying to get back at his ex-girlfriend, Gen, and Lara Jean is trying to make her neighbor, Josh thinks that she doesn’t have feelings for him. SPOILER ALERT! Throughout the movie, Peter and Lara Jean actually do start falling for each other through certain events such as late night dates at the dinner, heart to heart talks, and even a night at a ski lodge!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a romantic comedy that premiered on Netflix in August.

Susan Johnson’s adaptation of Jen Han ’s novel of the same title tells the story of Lara Jean who finds out her secret love letters have been mysteriously sent out to her past and present crushes.  The novel spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for Young Adult Fiction.

Condor and Centineo put on enchanting performances that wow people with their emotion so much, that this Netflix Original has people shipping (wanting character or actors to become a real couple) the two actors in real life. Let’s not even get started on all the girls talking about wanting a boyfriend like Peter Kavinsky. Centineo has strongly impacted the rom-com genre and has become a real heartthrob of the summer.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of the best movies of summer.

Besides the very compelling plot, the actors are convincing. Condor took on a major emotion of portraying falling in love. Jean has never experienced romance before, but now she is undergoing all the elements of a relationship. To fully portray the character Condor had to think like a teenage girl with no knowledge of love, going through her first relationship.

So if you’re ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters, then this movie is definitely a must see!

The Los Angeles Times Reporter Kate Walsh said, “Centineo is the big beating heart at the center of the somewhat reserved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. He’s a lot like his character, bringing out the best in this love story.”

A majority of the audience will agree with Walsh. Fan accounts are even saying that Centineo´s character, Peter Kavinsky, is the new Troy Bolton (Zac Efron). In the film, Centineo is a handsome yet delicate guy who everyone is gushing over. When High School Musical premiered in 2006, Efron/Bolton was named as the guy of everyone’s dreams. But could it be possible that Centineo/Kavinsky is taking over that title?

If you are looking for a realistic high school story, this is not it. When Lara Jean’s letters were leaked to all of her previous crushes, some confronted her and others didn’t care, but her secrets were safe with them. However, realistically speaking if one’s secrets were to be released, it would be guaranteed that everything would be spread all throughout the school. Yet we still dream that we can all be our own Lara Jean, waiting for our real-life Peter Kavinsky.

We give this movie a 10/10. For all those who enjoy a nice romantic comedy, you should definitely go see this and maybe even take it upon yourself to read the book as well (I know we will!).