In hindsight, “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” will seem to drag at certain points, just like its too long title (honestly, “To All The Boys” has to be in all the films in the franchise?) Apart from the fact that our clueless and insecure first-time-girlfriend protagonist is an Asian American, gaining brownie points for representation, the film is another average teen rom-com. What uplifts the plot is its rather honest portrayal of the perils of adolescent love especially if you are a shy teen in high school. Oh, come on, we all have been there!
But one (all those who are vehemently denying our stance) has to accept that To All the Boys I Loved Before was way more than a rom-com about a teenage girl. It was all our younger selves, our fantasies, our yearnings, all crammed into one wonderful dramatic plotline. But it dealt with everything that made Lara Jean Song Covey’s (Lana Condor) life interesting, so “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” had no option but to introduce a love triangle, which though had a rather charming Jordan Fisher couldn’t really stir up the attention-grabbing tendency of its prequel.
So, the first film had Lara Jean and her five love letters being accidentally mailed to her crushes which included handsome jock and popular boy, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). By the time it ended, she had switched from fake dating him to becoming his real girlfriend. Don’t worry if you don’t remember or haven’t seen the first part, Netflix has attached a neat little recap of what has happened till now.
Thus “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love” You begins with Lara Jean dealing with her own insecurities of being a first-time girlfriend dating the highly popular Kavinsky, whose locker is literally bursting with Valentine’s day cards and who has already done the whole dating game many times. There is trouble in Lara’s paradise, which feels another mild tremor, when one of the five love letters’ recipient enters her life- her old childhood crush John Ambrose, who is clearly and totally into her.
An inexperienced 16-year-old when it comes to relationships, Lara Jean is only aided by the romance novels she reads and her inability to deal with her insecurities. Thus she is caught up in the fantasy of another crush.
Though there is a severe lack of charisma or credible humor (and loads of weird sexual innuendos), this is where “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is at its authentic best. It honestly lays out all the self-doubt and insecurities involved in a relationship, unlike the fairytale whirlwind romances depicted in other teen rom-coms. While it isn’t exactly living up to the heartfelt plot of emotions its predecessor was, the fact that it is an average story about realistic characters falling in love, making mistakes, and being selfish sometimes. It is hard not to relate to the mushy teen drama here.