Released: August 17, 2018
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Starring: Lana Condor (Lara Jean); Noah Centineo (Peter), Janel Parrish (Margot); Anna Cathcart (Kitty) and Israel Broussard (Josh)
Based on: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Run Time: 1 hr 39mins
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
I watched this movie with my sister as a girl's night treat, and we absolutely loved it. We had a ball freezing the movie and laughing our butts off at certain moments, discussing how we would handle others and genuinely having a blast. I truly believe that this would have made a good box office movie. Its romantic, funny, talk about things going on now with teens and at the same time harkens back to the John Hughes era of Sixteen Candles and the like.
For the romantic at heart, it pulled on several tropes that I loved and made them fun again. While it's true I haven't read the series of books that inspired the movie I am now adding it on because it was a fun movie. Lara Jean like most young women dreams of a love that will find her and see her, yet she does nothing to aide that love to come into being. I absolutely loved the relationships she had with her family, her sisters, in particular, were so much fun and hilarious especially Kitty.
When someone mails out a few letters she wrote to her crushes at the height of those crushes it ripples across her life as they come to confront her. From there the hijinks really ensue and so does the trope of the fake relationship. I loved Lara Jean as a character she was wonderfully acted. I really enjoyed how she made the situation awkward and yet fun.
Of course, no teen romantic movie would be complete without a nemesis to conquer, fears to face and roadblocks that trip the two lovebirds up. In the end family comes to the rescue and makes this a romantic movie with feel good moments that will warm even the most unromantic viewer.