To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Dir. Susan Johnson

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018), Dir. Susan Johnson
Just don’t hide yourself, okay honey...
— Dr. Covey, To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Andrew Bachelor, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard, John Corbett, Trezzo Mahoro.
Director: Susan Johnson
Screenplay: Sofia Alvarez

The ultimate meet-cute movie that is actually adorable, sweet, sincere, kind, and respectful to the ages of the characters. This small nice High School movie that embraces the youth and this tiny time of romantic innocence. Lana Condor (playing Lara Jean) holds her ground and really leads this movie with talent, grace, humour, and connectivity. She plays Lara Jean as a real kid who really does not realise she may just be the centre of the story that she has always fantasised about.

What is also so effortless is that our lead and her prominent family are mixed race with no attention raised to this fact. This should not be something to praise but it is fantastic to see representation and shout out to Hollywood when they do it right. 

There is not much more to say other than it is a sweet film and one that kids of this age should really watch. It is about self-confidence, putting yourself out there even though that is a scary notion, and feel secure in your family unit. Taking a leap into love at any age is a daunting task, let alone doing it for the first time. But knowing that you are pretty special and people would like to be your friend and see you for you is a great and positive message. 

★ ★ ★ 1/2