Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Director: Susan Johnson Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 39m
“When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.”
1:36 - “I was trying to meditate but I ended up falling asleep.” Yep. 5:14 - Argh, junior UN seems like such a rubbish idea. 11:21 - I like when you can put so much emotion into one word: “Uggs.” 14:49 - “Do you want a carrot?” Weird chat up line. 16:43 - That little kid has Scotland sussed. 21:34 - This is an actual nightmare. For twenty seconds, I loved the little sister. Now she is the worst 24:43 - Moon Day, I like that. 31:54 - Are they playing lacrosse? 33:39 - “After we watch the candles movie, we’re watching Fight Club.” I think we actually need to have this double feature one day. 33:47 - She said she doesn’t want anyone to know but then wrote it down on paper. Like she learnt nothing from the letters thing in the first place. 36:50 - This is very Easy A. 48:44 - “It’s whatever.” Gonna use that. 58:46 - The thing is, I can never tell if Josh is actually there or not, because sometimes he’s just in her head. 1:04:20 - I’m worried about the scrunchie and when it will make a comeback at the worst possible time. 1:11:16 - There it is! 1:16:58 - “I know you’re only being nice to me because I accidentally made a sex tape and you feel bad.” Weirdest sentence ever. 1:18:13 - Is this a bad film or have I just seen too many movies? 1:27:58 - “He should have done it a lot sooner but, he’s a jock, they’re slow learners.”
Interesting one, this. We were on board to watch another Netflix film on the day it was released, as that is quite a lot of fun, even though this one really wasn’t aimed at us. It’s a YA book turned into a film, and that shines through. The story is predictable, and the elements along the way are signposted so early on that it was actually quite laughable by the end.
However, I really loved all the characters and the acting was brilliant. They may have been struggling through an underwhelming script, but I wanted more from all the characters because they all wormed their way into my hearts in different ways. It was fun, even though it wasn’t quite as good as I might have expected.
Or, as Mr C sums up: