To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

IMDb Page here.

Netflix Description: When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.

Quick points:

  1. Shivani made the astute observation that like 10 Things I Hate About You, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before features an obgyn widowed dad. The difference is that the 10 Things I Hate About You dad was barking mad and focused on abstinence-only pregnancy prevention, while the dad here hands out condoms, to the great mortification of his daughter. How far we’ve come in fifteen years, even if only in what counts as a punchline.
  2. The noble gradwolf thought that it was more like Easy A, but with a more diverse cast. I disagree mildly.
  3. I know firsthand the annoyance that comes from younger siblings being activist about your love life, or lack thereof.
  4. The protagonist is annoying in the first half, but gets less so.
  5. It’s interesting that both the beginning and end of the movie pivot around violations of privacy: the beginning, with letters being mailed out in an unauthorised way, and the end, with an anonymously uploaded not-quite-sex tape.
  6. There are viral tweets and tumblr screencaps nowadays about how nerds like Zuckerberg and Musk are killing the world; and jocks are actually the ones rescuing it. And also some other ones about how the old highschool movie cliques barely represent current day reality. This movie sort of fits in that worldview with its lead pair of nondescript girl and jock guy.
  7. I marvel a bit at how great a relationship the three siblings have, and now mildly feel twinges of regret that I never did that myself.
  8. The houses which everybody lived in were Bollywood level unrealistically ostentatious.

Watch Date: 2018-09-22

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