To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I have to admit that this film snuck up on me a bit.  I decide to give it a chance based on the glowing rotten tomatoes ranking (and the fact that I have the soul of a 16 year old girl when it comes to coming-of-age movies.  The film began innocently enough  – a girl tries to navigate the difficulties of dating as a teen.  I saw the familiar trappings – awkward teen, dialog that has never happened in any high school ever, kids dressing like nobody has ever dressed in high school… you get the drift.

Anyway, I was beginning to suspect that this film might have been another case of a lot of people saying that a movie was just “ok” and thus a good RT score.  And then something happened…. the film got good.  I don’t know exactly when it happened but I suspect it wasn’t long after the deal was made.  All of the sudden the dialog became intelligent (it no longer felt like a “coming-of-age” film and I was focused on the developing story.  Don’t get me wrong – the two leads are what really make this movie hum.  I didn’t expect to like this film as much as I did but I really enjoyed it.  Side note – I also love both the direct mentions of 80’s films (16 Candles) as well as the indirect mentions (Heathers, others).  This film fit nicely into the upper-end of this genre.

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Movie title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Movie description: Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret letters to every boy she's ever fallen for are mysteriously mailed out.

Date published: 2020-03-27

Director(s): Susan Johnson

Actor(s): Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, John Corbett, Israel Broussard, Emilija Baranac, Trezzo Mahoro, Andrew Bachelor, Kelcey Mawema, Julia Benson, Joey Pacheco, Edward Kewin, June B. Wilde, Isabelle Beech, Hunter Dillon, Christian Michael Cooper, Rhys Fleming, Pavel Piddocke, Jeb Beach, Cameron Crosby, Yael Yurman, Jordan Burtchett

Genre: Comedy, Romance

My Review

I have to admit that this film snuck up on me a bit.  I decide to give it a chance based on the glowing rotten tomatoes ranking (and the fact that I have the soul of a 16 year old girl when it comes to coming-of-age movies.  The film began innocently enough  – a girl tries to navigate the difficulties of dating as a teen.  I saw the familiar trappings – awkward teen, dialog that has never happened in any high school ever, kids dressing like nobody has ever dressed in high school… you get the drift.

Anyway, I was beginning to suspect that this film might have been another case of a lot of people saying that a movie was just “ok” and thus a good RT score.  And then something happened…. the film got good.  I don’t know exactly when it happened but I suspect it wasn’t long after the deal was made.  All of the sudden the dialog became intelligent (it no longer felt like a “coming-of-age” film and I was focused on the developing story.  Don’t get me wrong – the two leads are what really make this movie hum.  I didn’t expect to like this film as much as I did but I really enjoyed it.  Side note – I also love both the direct mentions of 80’s films (16 Candles) as well as the indirect mentions (Heathers, others).  This film fit nicely into the upper-end of this genre.

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