Netflix’s August release is a romcom for the millennial generation.
The premise is simple, and one that’s been a mainstay of fan fiction for years: fake romance. Obviously there have been fake romance films before, The Proposal springs to mind, but To all the Boys I’ve loved Before avoids the cringe comedy so rife in many romcoms.
It helps that protagonist Lara Jean (Lana Condor) is so relatable. A 16 year old high schooler more in love with the idea of romance than of romance itself. I’ve definitely been there.
And her partner in crime, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) is an incredibly charming leading man, helped only by the chemistry and blossoming friendship between the two.
It’s a feel good film for sure – I actually spent so long smiling at the antics on screen that my face started to hurt.
“It’s a feel good film for sure – I actually spent so long smiling at the antics on screen that my face started to hurt.”
It’s also a genuinely gorgeous film – I was sad to watch it on a small screen thanks to the clever cinematography and colour palette.
But we should also note an important fact – Lara Jean, written in the original novel as an Asian-American, is played by an Asian-American, with nods to Lara Jean’s Korean heritage which fit seamlessly into the rest of the story. In fact it’s effortless, and well, makes you wonder why rom coms are still, for the most part the preserve of white actors.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, and it sounds like your thing, you should definitely check it out. It’s a refreshing romance, and it seems like half of the internet is already in love with Peter Kavinsky.