Rinzy Reviews ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved’ (2018)

Release Date: August 17, 2018.

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved is a a very beautiful romantic drama adapted from a novel of the same name by Jenny Han.

Lara Jean is a 16-year-old girl who loves to fantasize about romance without wanting to have one. Years prior, she’s written five letters for all five boys she’s ever had a crush on without ever sending them. It’s her younger sister, Kitty, who feels she’s letting life pass her by, that sends these letters at once. And all that follows thereafter is drama. Romantic drama. 


Among the boys Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) loved is Josh, who, coincidentally, is also her older sister Margot’s. (Janel Parrish) boyfriend. 

In Lara’s words, “I write a letter whenever I have a crush so intense I don’t know what else to do. Rereading my letters reminds me of how powerful my emotions can be, how all-consuming. And Margot would say in being dramatic, but I think drama can be fun…”

The words of this letter come into play when Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), the boy from seventth grade Lara loved receives his own. Lara ceases the opportunity to enter into a fun contract with Peter, with the latter believing he could make his ex-girlfriend jealous enough to want him back. 


The inevitable thing that follows is both of them catching feelings. Yeah, I know, it’s cliche.

Personally, I’m not a sucker for romantic films, but any time, any where, any genre I’ll always appreciate a good movie and a movie that made me feel good (note the difference 😉). And, boy, did this movie make me feel good!

Peter Kavinsky: Fine, tall, handsome, athletic and all; Peter has all the right ingredients to be every girl’s dream and in turn a jerk, but I liked that the movie didn’t toe that line. A reminder that a guy can be fine and still sensible. Towards the end of the movie, I feared some kind of heartbreaking plot twist, but SPOILER… nothing of such happened. 😇 

I haven’t read the novel, so I can’t say for sure what’s in it, even though the novel is almost always better than the live-action adaptation, but I think director Susan Johnson did a great job with the source material.

The music, atmosphere, pacing and lighting are some of the things I liked about this movie. And the cast’s perfect, too.

There are two more books after this one, I really do hope Netflix finances their adaptations, and fast, too.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a feel good movie

Bonus: My favorite scene’s where Lara Jean say Josh coming with the letter in hand and freaked out, leading to her invading Peter’s mouth with hers. 😂

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