If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, chances are, you're familiar with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The real question, though, is if the Netflix original film is worth the watch or not.
One of the most grossing movies this year tells the story of a 16 year old girl searching for a romance similar to the ones she reads about in books. Lara Jean, a high schooler, begins the story by seeing her older sister off to college. From here, viewers learn of the family dynamic.
Without saying too much, the Covey family consists of three daughters: Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty (Katherine). Not too long before, the sisters and their father lost their mother. Their father, a gynecologist, strives to bring their mother’s Korean culture into the home.
Most movies for teenagers don’t have an Asian lead. Whether you’re Asian or not, it’s nice to see representation on the big screen; unfortunately, big screen adaptations don’t always do the best in representing the people that make up the world we live in.
Sophomore Malaury Bien-Aime (‘21), reckons, “It was one of the first movies I’ve watched that had an Asian family which isn’t really common in Hollywood films.”
As the film progresses, Covey gains a romance of her own. However, it isn’t the way viewers would expect her to find one. Her love story is quite unconventional in the way it develops, to say the least. Spoiler Alert: who she falls for isn’t who you’d expect it to be.
Currently, some teenagers are too caught up in schoolwork and other worries to even bother involving themselves in relationships. Some feel relationships have to be forced. Covey’s story, however, wasn’t forced: it built itself over time. What’s unique about it especially is that it started off as a friendship.
“It’s about modern young love, and nowadays you can’t really find that in teenagers,” Bien-Aime (‘21) went on to say.
Viewers also found that they could easily sympathize with Lara Jean. She wasn’t the popular girl, the best at sports or the genius; she was an ordinary high school girl.
“I felt that I could relate to Lara Jean Covey; she felt that no guy would like her for who she was and she didn’t think a popular boy would fall in love with her,” says Caleigh Porter (‘21).
Overall, the film does a great job in telling Lara Jean’s story, and not just her romantic life. If you’re looking for something about family and love, look no further. Sophomore Caleigh Porter (‘21) has watched the film ten times, “I enjoyed the movie so much. I’ll continue to watch it and recommend it to people!”
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