Review: “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” Injects Plenty Of Imagination Into Rom-Com Cliche

Lara Jean is a High School Junior, living with her two sisters in a suburban house, where everything is going normal until her younger sister, Kitty, exposes her soul-baring love letters to the outside world.

If you’re looking for a new teen romantic comedy, you’ve got one!

Based on Jenny Han’s 2014 novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before promotes love, drama and passion…all in the life of one teenager.

Lara Jean is a High School Junior, living with her two sisters in a suburban house, where everything is going normal until her younger sister, Kitty, exposes her soul-baring love letters to the outside world. Now all five of her old crushes have her in-depth love letters, will life as she knows it ever be the same again?

A structurally spectacular film that’s perfect to watch on a cosy night in, with a simple plot to follow. Despite this, the film has enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and by the end, you’ll have endured as many emotions as the protagonist herself.

Although being similar to many cliché rom-coms, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before features possessive ex-girlfriends, status conflict, family drama and teen romance (of course!), but written in a way you’ve never seen it before. I particularly enjoyed the diary-style feeling the film portrays, and as any good teen drama would go, I loved the romantic, passion endorsed heart-felt ending.

Each of the five guys she loved has a history and a gripping back story to how they relate to main character Lara Jean. And as a pre-warning, the relationship they all have with her will not be what you predict.

The film itself has a new modern twist on the classic rom-coms, incorporating gay and biracial relationships within the main characters, making the plot line even more beautiful. A cute, fun watch that will bring a tear to your eye, and will just maybe be that film you want to watch again and again.

It certainly was for me.

to all the boys that i've loved before, three stars, film review, Top 10 Films

Written by Izzie Gilleard

Directed by: Susan Johnson
Written by: Sofia Alvarez
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor
Released: 2018 / Genre: Romantic Comedy
Country: USA / IMDB
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About the Author
Isabel Gilleard is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She’s a huge film enthusiast, with passion for the classic rom-com or adventure film. If she isn’t getting emotionally attached to the romance on the screen, or cackling at a good comedy, you’ll normally find her with her pet cat reading a book.

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