Even before pressing “play” on Netflix’s To All the Boys: Always and Forever, you know it will have a happy ending. There will be moments throughout the film when you’re supposed to question whether the teen lovers at the heart of this treacly romantic comedy will actually stay together forever. After all, they’re only in high school. When heroine Lara Jean gets rejected from Stanford, where boyfriend Peter Kavinsky is committed to play lacrosse, things start to get a little rocky. But such moments are fleeting and unconvincing. The movie’s title tells you everything you need to know about the fate of our young couple.
Premiering on Feb. 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day, this third and final installment of the To All the Boys trilogy is a true-to-form romcom, meaning it’s uninterested in cynicism or even realism. Of course these two teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them, going to college 3,000 miles apart, are going to remain loyally committed to one another—forever, apparently. They’re meant to be, absence makes the heart grow fonder, so on and so forth. If you’re watching this movie in the first place, this is the fairy-tale ending you expect and want. Criticizing its predictability is a waste of time.
With that established, To All the Boys: Always and Forever is a perfectly sweet escape that fans of the first two movies (which I unabashedly am) will enjoy. Adapted from Jenny Han’s bestselling trilogy of young adult novels, the To All the Boys movies follow the relationship between bookish Korean-American teen Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and popular jock Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).
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