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REVIEW | "To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"


The long-awaited sequel to the 2018 hit teen romcom “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”, finally dropped on Netflix on Feb.12. After a year and a half of waiting, fans were eager to watch the sequel. 
Filled with bittersweet moments, “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”  portrays the confusing love triangle between Lara Jean Covey, Peter Kavinsky, and Lara’s new love interest — John Ambrose McClaren.
John Ambrose is one of the five recipients of the love letters that Lara Jean wrote back in middle school. Although he was friends with Lara Jean back in sixth grade, they quickly lost contact after he moved away. However, they meet each other again at a retirement villa– Belleview– where he and Lara Jean both volunteer at together. As the movie progresses, Lara Jean slowly begins to develop feelings for him — which is a problem as she is still in a relationship with Peter. 
Although the first movie left most viewers thinking that Lara Jean and Peter got their “happily-ever-after”, the sequel challenges this idea. It explores Lara Jean’s roller coaster of emotions as well as her faltering relationship with Peter. Lara Jean becomes extremely conflicted with where her relationship stands, and also fears that Peter will run back to Lara Jean’s arch nemesis and Peter’s ex-girlfriend, Gen. 
While Lara Jean’s and Peter’s relationship slowly breaks apart, her feelings for John Ambrose continue to grow. This love triangle quickly turns viewers against each other as they split between Team Peter and Team John. This rivalry definitely made the movie worth-watching. 
Although the sequel’s focus on the messy relationships between Lara Jean, Peter, and John Ambrose may have made the movie more interesting to some, I found the sequel to be a bit more dull and unrealistic than the first film. In the first film, Lara Jean did not drag out her feelings for Peter for too long, and she told him how she truly felt. This allowed the film to explore her relationship with him in front of her family and friends.
However, in the sequel, the love-triangle was dragged out for too long before the “happily-ever-after” played out. Sure, everyone got to watch Lara Jean’s happy ending, but it was very confusing as there was not much of a descent from the climax — which made it very unrealistic. 
However, the movie did teach important lessons about relationships. It taught us that it is alright to confront your partner when you are insecure and unsure about your relationship and its progress. 
Overall, I enjoyed the movie’s message of how relationships should be built on honesty. However, I thought that the movie was dragged out for too long, which made it slightly dull and boring near the end. 

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