On this, the final day of August, in the final days of summer (I know the last day of summer isn’t until September 21…but you know what I mean), I thought I’d keep this Friday’s film smaller (only in screen size, not in heart) with the little (Netflix) rom-com that’s stealing everyone’s hearts, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
My inspiration is two-part: Both to talk about this movie and to give Netflix some props for putting out not one but two solid rom-coms this summer (see my review for the alluded to “Set It Up” here…and I’d also like to nominate “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” as a solid contender as well).
I think we can all admit that it has been a summer that needed some rom-com love…and not just to recover from the emotional gut punch that was “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is the story of Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a high school girl who is just trying to get by when her world is turned upside down by her well-meaning younger sister.
It just so happens that Lara Jean has written five secret letters to the five boys she’s loved. As we discover, she has a tendency to keep her thoughts to herself (which can be a good and a bad thing). She wrote down her feelings, addressed the envelopes (rookie mistake) and then stashed them in her closet, with no intention of sending them ever. Lucky for her (and us) her little sister was able to seal the envelopes, apply stamps, and put them in a mailbox (it’s almost like Lara Jean wanted them to be sent…).
I won’t spoil the small joys of this film by telling you any more, but I will tell you that I smell a sequel (#wheresthefifthletter).
Thank you, Netflix for giving us all the distractions we needed (with a female director and screenwriter no less! #Feminism).
And what an adorable distraction, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was. Based on the YA novel of the same name, the story is exactly what you expect (and sometimes that predictability is comforting).