The long awaited sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was released Feb. 12, 2020. The two movies are based off a trilogy by author Jenny Han. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:P.S. I Still Love You has earned a 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 6.2/10 on IMBd.
In the end of the first movie, main characters Lara Jean Covey, played by Lana Condor, and Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo, seal their new relationship with a kiss on the lacrosse field after Lara Jean confesses her feelings to Peter. In the sequel, we focus on Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship.
Enter John Ambrose McClaren, played by Jordan Fisher. After receiving a response letter from him, Lara Jean finds herself, by surprise, volunteering with him at one of the local retirement homes. Things quickly become messy for her.
The first movie had some excellent filming, and the second did not disappoint. Scenes of the young couple on their first date and at the carnival are shot well and nicely blended, and add that cute factor that every young romance needs. Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship is slow and innocent in a sense, something you don’t see much of anymore in teen romance. Lara Jean’s character is reserved but outspoken and she stands up for what she thinks is right. She’s quirky but classy. Lara Jean is expecting her first relationship to be a fairy-tale, but quickly finds out that’s not how things go. Lana Condor does a brilliant job at acting out Lara Jean’s insecurities and feelings throughout the film.
Peter Kavinsky is all in with Lara Jean, but he can’t abandon his friendship with ex-girlfriend Gen. When Lara Jean finds out that Peter knew Gen had posted a video of her, shown in the previous movie, she suggests that they shouldn’t be together anymore. Noah Centineo played the part of the heartbroken teenage boy well. Though Peter and Lara Jean have called it quits, he doesn’t keep himself from showing he still cares about her.
John Ambrose McClaren comes in ready to re-kindle what he and Lara Jean, unbeknownst to him, had in sixth grade. Working with her in the retirement home, he and Lara Jean grow close, until he finds out she’s with Peter. Jordan Fisher does an excellent job of playing the rejected, yet hopeful, love interest to Lara Jean. John Ambrose takes Lara Jeans gentle rejection in stride and continues to be her friend, something that is rarely seen in today’s teenage romance.
In the end Lara Jean realizes that despite everything not being perfect, Peter is who she wants to be with. In the end scene, she voice-overs that she’s learned that even though she wanted a happily ever after, that’s not what a real relationship is; that there will be bumps in the road and that’s okay. I think the message of the movie is something young teens should know, and the movie shows it well. That a real relationship takes work, but that if you work together it can be something amazing. In a world of perfect fantasy love stories, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:P.S. I Still Love You is a dose of heartwarming reality.