To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Elizabeth Amstutz, Editor In Chief

On February 12, 2020 Netflix released the highly anticipated sequel “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,”  to their film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The films are based on the novels by Jenny Han, released in 2014 and 2017. Each movie debuted on Netflix, as original Netflix produced films. The sequel catches up with main character Lara Jean, played by actress Lana Condor, seemingly having all of her love life problems sorted after the last films difficult endeavors. Although a boy from her past returns, John Ambrose McClaren– her childhood crush played by Jordan Fisher. Trouble ensues as Lara Jean and John Ambrose find themselves volunteering together at a nursing home. A love triangle forms as Lara Jean confronts her former feelings for John Ambrose, while also experiencing her first relationship with boyfriend Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo. The lighthearted tone and charismatic characters gave viewers the familiar feeling of a classic teenage romantic comedy, creating the initial appeal of the first movie. Although, fans of the book or the first film were slightly critical, claiming the sequel doesn’t have the same feel as the first movie. This could be due to the change of directors, as the first film was directed by Susan Johnson, and the second directed by Micheal Fimognami. The movie review app, Rotten Tomatoes gave the first film “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” a score of 97 percent with an audience score of 86 percent. The second movie, “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”  was given a Rotten Tomatoes score of 74 percent and only 43 percent rate from the audiences. Aside from the ratings, each film created progressiveness, with the inclusion of a teen female asian-american leading character which has been seemingly uncommon in the current media. Whether you thought the sequel did not live up to the first movie’s high expectations, continued to enjoy the perils of Lara Jean’s romantic life, or have yet to see either film, the upbeat teen flick will always be available for streaming and enjoying.