By Sophie Meinhart
The “Rom-Com” of the year, the classic teen drama, and the age-old story of a fake relationship that involves a series of love letters, an ex-best friend who becomes increasingly popular, a really cute boy, and an invisible girl who falls in love. Based off a New York Times Best Selling novel of the same title, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, is a teen romance film following the story of a girl who writes five secret love letters to five boys from her childhood. When they accidentally get mailed out, she creates a fake relationship with one of the boys to trick one of others, and, as you can probably guess, her and her fake boyfriend start to fall for each other.
This enchanting drama is the kind of movie that makes you go to sleep smiling and wanting to watch it again as soon as you wake up. This movie displays classic themes of a teen “Rom-Com” including fantasy, coming of age, family, and betrayal.
Fantasy: The main character, Lara Jean, is a fantasy fanatic. She loves reading, writing, and watching movies about romance, but when it becomes real for her, she struggles trying to interoperate her feelings.
Coming of Age: Lara Jean is somewhat of a homebody until she begins dating the popular boy, Peter Kavinsky. With her new relationship, she experiences many firsts: her first boyfriend, her first real kiss, her first parties, her first school ski trip, and her first heartbreak.
Family: A lot of the movie revolves around Lara Jean’s family including her two sisters and her dad. Laura Jean’s mom died when she was young, and Peter’s dad left his family two years ago. The two connect through this struggle and can talk to each other in a way they have never been able to talk to others before.
Betrayal: The theme of betrayal comes in when Lara Jean’s heart is broken. Peter talks about his absentee father, and Lara Jean’s hurts her older sister, Margot.
This is the 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That of our generation. The “Rom-Com” revival is on the mend, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is creating quite a trend.