A Look Into The Wildly Popular Sequel “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”

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Julia Tran

You can find "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" exclusively on Netflix.

Kalei Carter, Staff Reporter

Warning: If you haven’t watched “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” on Netflix, please be cautious of spoilers in this review.

After reading the trilogy of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” written by Jenny Han, I had high expectations before watching the highly praised movie representing the second story. Unfortunately, it ended up feeling like a letdown.

The sequel to the wildly popular rom-com illustrates the struggle of maintaining a romantic relationship while struggling with the pressure you receive from friends, family, and extracurricular activities. 

However, the film felt very rushed to me, and there was no cliffhanger enticing the audience into the highly expected second edition. Many scenes were barely three minutes and had the potential to provide insight and further our understanding of the storyline, but ultimately would have been better off left out of the film because they were confusing and unclear. 

As well as this, there were many scenes in the movie that left me with questions. On multiple occasions, scenes in the movie would end abruptly, leaving the movie feeling unfinished. For example, the end of the film is two minutes of the main characters Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky (played by Noah Centineo) kissing without explanation, and many of the subplots in the story were left unresolved because of this strange closing. 

Nevertheless, one thing that “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” does a great job of is portraying the thoughts that are going through Lara Jean’s mind as she struggles between two love affairs. The film creatively uses flashbacks to provide context that the viewer may miss if they have not read the books.

The movie also does an amazing job showing how often people can get lost in conversations in their heads. Too often in romantic relationships, people get stuck while comparing themselves to other experiences and relationships rather than letting their worries go and simply falling in love. The movie demonstrates that with a partner, you need to have trust and communication for you both to be on the same page.

Overall, although there were areas for improvement, I would rate the film eight out of ten because it was still an enjoyable movie. I enjoyed how it demonstrated a high school romance that is not always perfect, and I loved the actors in the movie and each of the characters that they portrayed.

If you liked “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” on Netflix, you should also check out movies such as “After” (rated PG-13), “The Last Summer” (rated TV-14), “The Kissing Booth” (rated TV-14), and “Valentines Day” (rated PG-13).