Director: Susan Johnson
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, Janel Parrish, Madeline Arthur
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Seveno Rating: 6.5/10
I’ve got to admit – I’m a sucker for a cheesy romance. Book, Film, TV Series. Anything really, as long as it has a little bit of a love story, I’ll probably love it. I also love a good Netflix Original, everything from Stranger Things to My Perfect Romance (don’t judge it was awful but adorable). So yeah, there you go. Just a little bit of info about me. But I guess it means its not really surprising that I not only watched this film, but that I also really enjoyed it.
Lara Jean (Condor) is a junior in high school, and throughout her life, whenever she’s had a crush on someone, she’s written out a love letter to them, put it in an envelope, addressed it, and then popped it in a blue box that her mother gave her that she keeps in her closet. To her horror though, one day she shows up at school and three of the boys she wrote letters to confront her, letter in hand. And, to make matters worse, one of these boys is the recent ex-boyfriend of her older sister, Margot (Parrish). In the end, to avoid awkward conversations and to make an ex-girlfriend jealous, her and one of the boys, Peter (Centineo) start a fake relationship, and that never ever goes wrong, does it?
Putting aside the fact that I found it scarily easy to relate to Lara Jean (has someone been taking notes on my life?), this film is such an easy and enjoyable watch. It’s predictable, but all of the classic rom-coms are, so that isn’t really something worth criticising. It’s the film for someone who just wants to watch something mindless and entertaining, that will make you feel content.
The characters are cute and relatable, and actually as far as film portrayals of teens go they’re fairly realistic. The family dynamic of the Covey family is very sweet, and while the father’s presence may be minor, his impact is great.
Also this film is pretty great for representation – female director and Asian lead? Well done Netflix.
If you, like me, find yourself with a free hour and a half, and want to watch something that will entertain you and make you smile, but that requires absolutely no serious concentration, then this is perfect. If however, you’re someone who only enjoys serious films and who needs it to have meaning, or be beautiful, or be clever, then maybe steer clear…