Genre: Romantic comedy
Best with: close friends, pajamas and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is a sugary-sweet, kind and unapologetic movie that harkened back to a time when romantic comedies ruled the box office on a regular basis. It doesn’t try to be different, than other “romcoms” or try too hard. It’s a story where a bunch of kind people genuinely care about each other and with no hidden motives or meanings.
The movie is based off of the young adult novel of the same title by Jenny Han, who also makes a quick appearance in the film.
The movie begins with the heroine, Laura Jean Song Covey, (Lana Condor) reading a romance novel, envisioning herself with the handsome next door neighbor, her childhood friend and sister’s boyfriend. The in some beautifully-told voiceover exposition, we learn about how Laura Jean keeps a box where she has written letters, addressed and all to all the crushes she’s had in her life.
Everything really takes off when all of a sudden, Laura Jean is at school and one of her childhood crushes, Peter Kavinsky, comes up to her with one of her letters, trying to explain how he doesn’t feel the same way. She quickly realizes that someone has taken her letters from her room and actually mailed them to all of her crushes.
This situation puts the characters into some curious and funny situations situations to make the most stone-face people laugh and the will melt the coldest of hearts.
This movie has it all, especially for romantic comedy lovers. A good love story, funny situations, heart-warming sisterly moments and a lot of pure caring moments between friends and family. Those who have sisters will relate to the love sweet moments and antics betweens the Song Covey sisters.
The beauty of this movie is how it doesn’t try to be anything that it’s not. It’s just a true feel-good romantic comedy.