On Aug. 17, Netflix debuted the romantic comedy that became one of the most talked about movies to end the summer. “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” struck the hearts of many girls this summer. Even parents have spent time talking about the quirky Netflix original. But what makes the movie a much more popular than other films produced and released by Netflix?
“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is about a shy teenage girl named Lara Jean, who has always kept her emotions hidden away from fear of unknowing how others will respond. She writes her feelings in letters as her way of expressing how she feels about someone- only to keep these letters hidden in the back of her closet. When these letters become released, Lara Jean has to learn how to stop hiding from her feelings and to find the confidence within herself to become vulnerable and real with other people.
The movie encompasses important themes like vulnerability and confidence – but it also showcases high school awkwardness in a way that is relatable for many teenagers. In the movie, Lara Jean is experiencing moments with boys whom she has crushed on in the past and all the while begins to develop feelings for another character. She reacts to all these encounters in the most comedic and relatable ways that it struck a chord awkward teenagers. It’s hard to watch the movie and not find at least one scene that is completely relatable to viewers.
Another reason why this movie has taken off and become so popular, is because it embraces the sweet, and at some points cringe worthy, moments of this generation’s depicted high school relationships. The main male character of this movie, Peter Kavinsky, embraces the moves of being the utmost cutest boyfriend, which at some point, most high school girls wished they had. From writing romantic notes to Lara Jean about her beauty and intelligence, to having movie nights with Lara Jean and her little sister, to driving across town to buy her utmost favorite snacks- it was an on screen relationship that was nothing shy of being incredibly cute.
“I really like that there was a main character that was of Asian descent because you don’t get to see that often. I also really liked the awkwardness of the movie – it kind of portrayed what the beginnings of a new relationship are like with trying to get to know each other. The movie was cute and quirky and it certainly had me laughing at many parts because it was so relatable,” Bianca Morales, a sophomore pre-med student who loves the film, said.
If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”on Netflix to see what you’ve been missing out on.