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Movie review: “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

The new Netflix original movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”has taken the internet by storm, developing fan bases across many social media platforms. This sweet teen romance leaves viewers with a warm, happy feeling of satisfaction.

 The movie is based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. The cast includes Lana Condor, a Korean-American known as Lara Jean. She is a 16-year-old who has an obsession with romance novels but is terrified of having a boyfriend. When her prized box of love letters gets sent to all the crushes she has ever had, she feels like her world is ending. However, her luck begins to turn around when she and her costar Noah Centineo, who plays Peter Kavinsky, begin to pretend date for their own personal gain and end up falling in love.

 This heartwarming love story creates an emotional connection between the viewer and the characters. The innocence and purity of high school romance keeps viewers in awe.  

I watched this movie with some friends because I had seen fan accounts flooding my feed on Instagram and I wanted to see what the hype was all about. Although I did finish the movie feeling a little underwhelmed, I still felt satisfied with the ending of the movie.

The movie was a bit cheesy and the concepts were slightly clichéd. However, what really resonated with me, an Asian-American teen myself, was the connection I felt to Lara Jean. The way that she carried herself throughout the movie and how she handled the uncomfortable situations has inspired me to avoid the minute dramas of high school and to enjoy the time I have left in high school.

I highly recommend this movie to teens who are looking for a relatable film about young love. This movie is similar to another Netflix original movie called “The Kissing Booth”that might also spark your interest. All in all, I would rate “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” a solid 8/10.

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