P.S. This is just another Rom-Com

Netflix’s new movie does not live up to the expectations


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This movie was the continuation of a fan-favorite movie: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The original film was released in August of 2018 and was created based on the book series by Jenny Han.

Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla, Online Editor

On February 12th, 2020, Netflix released a highly anticipated movie sequel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved before: P.S. I Still Love You. This movie was the continuation of a fan-favorite movie: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The original film was released in August of 2018 and was created based on the book series by Jenny Han. 

The initial movie follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and her worst nightmare coming true. 

When Lara was younger, she wrote love letters to five of her former crushes expressing her feelings, but never anticipated sending them. 

Once discovering that her sister had mailed the letters, she quickly realized that she soon would be living in a nightmare that she thought would never happen. I feel like she may be overreacting a bit, but I do get that it is something personal and she did not want it to be shown to the world. 

At the start of her junior year, she is approached by Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), Josh Sanderson (Israel Broussard) and Lucas Krapf (Trezzo Mahoro) four of the recipients asking about the letters. While being approached by Peter, she impulsively kisses him. This causes him to spark the idea of making his ex-girlfriend, Gen jealous by pretending to date and have a fake relationship. This duo created a list of rules they must follow. These rules are very random and I feel like it is very unnecessary, but I guess it is a fake relationship.  

This “relationship” progresses and becomes real by the end of the movie.

In this next movie, we see how their romance moves forward over time. 

In the beginning, Lara and Peter seem like any other new couple. It appears to me as if they are in the basic honeymoon phase which is typically a very lovey-dovey time in a relationship. They constantly spend time together and go on dates, it seems as if they are almost inseparable. 

But this does not seem to last long, which is expected. 

As the movie progresses, It seems as if the two are becoming too honest with each other. They constantly are nitpicking at one another and pointing things out that they believe won’t make their partner upset but ends up doing the opposite. I think this would be annoying in a relationship, for obvious reasons. It creates unneeded tension. This causes small arguments that don’t typically last long. 

During these arguments, it seems like they are mad and hate each other one second but love each other the next. One of these disagreements being when Lara tells Peter that one of her former crushes, John Ambrose responded to her letter and that she was deciding if she was going to write him back. Of course, as her boyfriend, Peter gets jealous and worried. I found that to be very confusing throughout the movie, it made their relationship always seem very unstable. 

Since the two are in high school, there are many requirements they must complete in order to graduate, one of these being volunteering. 

Lara chooses to go to Belleview, a nursing home while Peter decides to go to Oakview Market with Tony, one of his best friends. 

While going to the nursing home, Jean realizes that her former crush who had written her back was the only other volunteer. Working at the nursing center with him, Lara realizes she may be developing feelings for John Ambrose because of the constant fear in her head of not knowing where she and Peter stood. 

Because of this, she goes with the constant flirting and does not tell Ambrose that she is in a relationship with Peter which I found to be very dishonest especially with the obvious feelings John was developing. 

This causes a conflict with a “love triangle” and she does not want to accept the fact that she may have feelings for another person while being with Kavinsky

Once Ambrose discovers that she is in a relationship he does feel betrayed and lied to and this does add another conflict. 

Lara does confront Peter about the fear of where they stood and I believe that she was just in her head like all girls and overreacted. She broke up with him believing it was the best option for both of them. 

In this break, she soon realizes she is not complete without him and goes back to him. I saw this coming because it was predictable from the second it happened. It is always the same outcome in the majority of romantic comedies. 

This is where the movie ends, at a typical cliffhanger.

A third and final movie to hopefully wrap up this series, To All The Boys: Always And Forever Lara Jean is expected to come out In the fall of 2020. 

Overall, I believe that the first movie was a hundred times better than the second and probably the third. I even think that the producers could have just made the first film and left it at that. I do understand that they created multiple to go along with the book, but it was just simply disappointing. When finding out this next film was coming out, I had much higher expectations, the plot was just not great. I do not have greater expectations for the next film but will give it a chance when it does get released in hopes that it will be better than the second. 


3 ½ stars