Whether you watched the movie or read the novel if you’re not living under a rock you’ve probably heard of the film erupting with popularity on social media, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”
The film uses the traditional plot scheme of a popular jock falling in love with a nerdy girl, it does so in a refreshing and innovative way, where one can enjoy the cliché. The film features protagonist Lara Jean Covey, who writes a deep, revealing letter to each boy she’s had a romantic connection with throughout her life as a form of emotional release.
Covey’s sister, Katherine or “Kitty,” decides to send each letter to the boy it entails after seeing the dull, solitary life Lara Jean leads. However, instead of completely backfiring on her, she draws the attention of the most popular boy in school, Peter Kavinsky, forming an inconceivable romance that has girls nationwide hoping for their own Kavinsky.
It wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without love triangles, and that’s what Covey finds herself in when she has to choose between her childhood best friend and
first love: Josh Sanderson and Kavinsky.
Overall, the plot is well-developed, and most characters reveal several intricacies, making the movie impossible to stop watching.I only intended to watch the first 10 minutes to see what the buzz was about, but found myself glued.
Besides its plot and nuances, one thing that guarantees this movie among the classics is that it features an Asian-American as the lead, something that has yet to occur in mainstream rom-com hits. This movie shows a movement in Hollywood to break orthodox expectations for lead characters.
Covey’s race doesn’t deter the plot in any way, and is in fact one of the main reasons the clichés in the movie doesn’t seem bland and overused.
Yes, the movie is cheesy, but it’s hard not to find it entertaining if not satisfying.