To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You leaves audiences swooning

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry

All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You starring Noah Centineo, Lana Condor and Jordan Fisher is a teen romance movie that is filled with a swoon-worthy cast. A sequel to the popular To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, this Netflix release follows up on the coming of age love story of teens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo).

As a sucker for romance movies, I could not have been more excited for the release of To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and I was not let down. Sequels notoriously fall flat and never live up to the popularity of the original, yet director Michael Fimognari did not disappoint. Lara Jean and Peter’s lovable, innocent romance carried over seamlessly from the first to the second film. This sequel did not waste any time prefacing the story, as audience members are fast-tracked right into the thick of Lara Jean’s life. The pace of the entire film is quick but well-timed, making it an entertaining watch.

The pace is necessary in order to fit in the multiple subplots that push the film along. The variety of narratives intertwined throughout this film are cohesively blended into each other. Lara Jean, Peter and John Ambrose’s love triangle is no doubt front and centre in this film, but there are other stories that make up a meaningful backdrop to the love triangle at the forefront.

Lara Jean’s dad, Dr. Covey (John Corbett), has a crush of his own. This subplot is an asset to the film, as it connects to many audience members who have experienced their parent dating, or have grown up in a family that does not fit the nuclear model. The inclusion of non-traditional family structures and interracial couples is refreshing to see in a romance movie, as they notoriously tend to feature white-picket-fence, heteronormative, suburbian lives (cough, cough any Nicholas Sparks adaptation).

Without giving too much away, the plot is relatively predictable but incredibly relatable. To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is the perfect dose of both the coming of age and romance genres.

Noah Centineo is as cute as ever as the cocky, but soft-hearted jock, Peter. His acting is very distinct, the way he talks out of the side of his mouth, his wide, infectious smile and relaxed gaze throughout the film lead the audience unable to differentiate the character from the actor. As Peter, Centineo is the perfect fit. The range of this young actor’s ability is fairly undetermined as he has only starred in a couple of films as a teen love interest. Wherever his career goes, he has captured many hearts as Peter in this film.

The yin to Centineo’s yang is Condor as Lara Jean. The two have undeniable chemistry on screen, leaving audiences rooting for their romance to flourish. Condor has a nurturing, gentle presence throughout the film which evens out Centineo’s assertive persona. This dynamic duo have their ups and downs throughout the flick, but even while apart from each other their individual acting is stellar. Centineo and Condor as a couple could not be a better fit for the To All The Boys movies.

Although those green stars light up the film, Holland Taylor is a knock-out too. Taylor plays Stormy, an eccentric, lively elder who becomes a mentor to Lara Jean. Her flamboyant personality and subtle wisdom make this film more than just a teen romance flick. Stormy’s quick wit and racy jokes lighten the mood of the film amongst the romantic turmoil the protagonists experience. She serves as a confidante and friend to Lara Jean, which allows the audience to be privy to Lara Jean’s private thoughts.

The plot and acting in this film are spot-on. To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is the perfect blend of a wholesome, love story that includes diversity and adversity to elevate it beyond just a cheesy teen flick.

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