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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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The new Netflix original movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved, has teens falling in love with the story and the actors Noah Centineo and Lana Condor.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved is based on the book written by Jenny Han. The story is about Laura Jean (Lana Condor), a junior in high school, who enjoys getting lost in romance novels. Because of her love for romance books, she wrote love letters to all the boys she’s ever loved that kept in a teal that her late mom gave her before her passing, although none of the boys knew she loved them.

The five letters were hidden, but sent to all the boys by Kitty, Laura Jean’s younger sister, who wanted her Laura Jean to find both love and happiness.

One of those letters goes to her older sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh (Israel Broussard) who was her best friend before he started dating Margo (Janel Parrish). When Margo leaves to University in Scotland, Laura starts having feelings for Josh.

Not wanting Josh to know she had feelings for him, Laura Jean starts a fake relationship with one of the other recipients of the love letters, Peter Kavinsky (Centineo). But what starts as fake, becomes something else, which causes some complications (as anyone who ever watched a rom-com knows).

The main actors, Centineo and Condor have starred in quite a few movies. Condor had a role in the X-men: Apocalypse playing Jubilee. For Centineo, he began acting in his teens coming out in TV shows for Disney. He appeared in Sierra Burgess is a loser.

Condor fit perfectly as a 16-year-old high school kid. She and Noah Centineo really nailed the audience into to falling in love with their relationship. In one particular scene, Noah Centineo holds her  back pocket because she wanted to be like the couple in the movie Sixteen Candles. I feel like they nailed that scene perfectly.

Another scene I enjoyed was when Laura Jean meets Noah’s mom and brothers for the first time. This eventually leads to them really bonding in the fake relationship.

On the other hand, there were some particular scenes that were not as well directed. One scene that stood out was the scene on the track where Laura Jean faints after she was confronted by Noah about the love letter. The faint seemed unrealistic. Overall the movie was a subtle, but cute.

As for Josh Sanderson (Israel Broussard), he was really charismatic, but he was a wasted character in my opinion. His screen time on the movie should’ve been longer. A debate on Twitter was over who was the hottest guy in the movie, Josh or Peter. The poll was 50/50, but I think Josh should have won.

As for Laura Jean’s best friend Jen (Madeleine Arthur), she stood up for Laura Jean and enjoyed her company. In the beginning of the movie she ditched Laura Jean on the first day of school to get Subway for lunch instead of staying with her. I disliked that she wasn’t really in much of the movie she showed up in some parts and wasn’t consistent.

Dr.Covey (John Corbett) her father seems like a very hip dad. He was a very caring father and showed interest in the girls’ lives.In the first part of the movie he would make effort to try and cook for the girls even though it was not very appetizing.He also had a father-daughter moment with Laura Jean supporting her to make the right choice.

The overall of the movie seemed very rom-com, it was a good movie in my honest opinion, and I rate it 8.5 out of 10.

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