‘To All The Boys: Always and Forever:’ Typical high-school romance gains significance during pandemic

To All The Boys: Always and Forever: Typical high-school romance gains significance during pandemic

Welcome to senior year of high school at Alder High, where love is in the air and college applications are due. The “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy ends with, “To All The Boys: Always and Forever,” a Netflix original based on the novels by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) have been in an up and down relationship since the beginning of their junior year. But as soon as everything seems perfect, Lara Jean’s plan for the future is derailed.

As a person who read the books before watching the movies, I will say the books are better. The first two movies do follow similar storylines to their book counterparts. The third movie misses or changes key parts of the third book, including scenes that I looked forward to seeing played out on screen. These movies don’t have original plots and are very predictable. “To All The Boys” covers all the bases of a typical high school romance movie.

The movie starts on a family trip to Korea and Lara Jean’s mind is on whether or not she will get into her dream school. Lara Jean’s boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky, has already been accepted to his top pick. They want to go to college together to avoid a long-distance relationship. Margot (Janel Parrish) and Kitty (Anna Cathcart), Lara Jean’s sisters, both have different opinions on whether Lara Jean should go to college with a boyfriend and where she should go.

Peter and Lara Jean make take a senior trip to New York City, where Lara Jean throws a wrench into her perfect college plan. The couple goes go to the prom and experiences another hiccup right before Lara Jean’s dad (John Corbett) and Mrs. Rothschild’s (Sarayu Rao) wedding. The movie ends with each character at their top choice university.

Popular boy and loner girl meet and, after getting to know each other, fall in love. Other people are in the picture and then boy and girl make their relationship official. Boy and girl plan to go to college together, but then plans fall apart; the story ends with them staying together but off to different colleges. Not exactly the most mind-blowing plotline.

Now that I’ve trampled the movie a little, I’ll say that it is perfect for a Galentine’s day socially distanced or virtual movie night. In fact, that is how I watched it. The lack of originality gives a sense of hope that everything will be fine; it makes the viewer believe that there is a prince charming—or someone —waiting for everyone. I will say that the movie has some funny moments but what really got me and my friends was that the movie is set in 2020-2021 without Covid-19. It just makes you think, “Wow this is what I would be doing without Covid.”

To “All The Boys: Always and Forever” was released on Feb. 12 on Netflix. The movie is adapted from “Always and Forever” by Jenny Han and directed by Michael Fimognari. It is rated TV-14 with a running time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

Grade: C+