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TO ALL THE BOYS ALWAYS AND FOREVER

"High School Senior Wanderlust"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER is a romantic comedy streaming on Netflix. Lara Jean is a high school senior who looks to the future with both fear and excitement for what’s to come. However, when Lara Jean doesn’t get into Stanford like her boyfriend, she’s forced to come to change her expectations for college, both romantically and pragmatically. With graduation looming around the corner, Lara Jean experiences a host of emotions that keep viewers rooting for a happy ending.

Part of a trilogy of TV movies, TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER is funny and cute, with some moral elements promoting marriage and good parenting. Also, characters often say, “I’m sorry” and “I love you.” The movie’s positive elements are marred, however, by a Romantic worldview. The female protagonist idealistically dreams of her future. Also, the movie contains some references to teenage sexuality. TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER also has some foul language, an image of a Buddha statue in one scene and drinking at a college party. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong to extreme caution for mature audiences.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light Romantic worldview where lead female character idealistically dreams of her future and including some references to teenage sexuality, with some strong moral elements promoting good parenting and marriage and including song lyrics reference about Adam and Eve choosing to eat the forbidden fruit, but a Buddha statue is depicted in scenes set in South Korea

Foul Language:
Three obscenities, one Jesus profanity, 11 light profanities, and one reference to passing gas

Violence:
There’s mention of murder and poisoning when a character references Shakespeare’s play ROMEO AND JULIET

Sex:
Teenage couple almost fornicates but the boyfriend responsibly stops (until later in the movie where there’s implied fornication), mention of a high schooler partaking in a sexy photoshoot, dating couple kisses throughout, dating couple falls asleep close to one another, a reference to losing one’s virginity on prom night, and a newlywed couple kisses at the altar

Nudity:
Upper male nudity when a male is in a swimsuit briefly, and girl’s midriff shows in some clothes, but no explicit nudity

Alcohol Use:
Teenage character alludes to his teachers getting drunk at a bar, and college students have alcohol at a party

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Joke about cutting someone, teenagers sneak outside of their curfew, and some passive aggressive remarks, and a tween girl wears a suit to a wedding, but it seems to be for comfort rather than to make a social comment.

More Detail:

TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER is a romantic comedy streaming on Netflix about a female high school senior who looks to the future with both fear and excitement about what’s to come. Part of a trilogy of movies, TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER is funny and cute, with some moral elements promoting marriage and good parenting, but it’s marred by some foul language, references to teenage sexuality and drinking at a college party.

The story begins in Seoul, South Korea. Lara Jean Covey, her sisters Margot and Kitty, and Lara Jean’s dad and his girlfriend are on vacation from their home in Washington state to visit the birthplace of Margot’s late mother. Miles away, back in the States, is Lara Jean’s boyfriend, Peter, who’s anxious for her to return.

Lara Jean and Peter are high school seniors anxiously waiting to start the next chapter of their lives in college. Peter has a scholarship to Stanford, which is also where Lara Jean hopes to attend. One evening Lara Jean gets a notification that her application status is ready to view, but it’s not the news she hoped to receive.

Awkwardly, Peter just assumes that Lara Jean got into Stanford too. He’s in for a rude awakening if Lara Jean can muster up the courage to tell him, but all she can do is imagine his disappointment. Just before she can tell him while at a celebratory dinner, Peter asks Lara Jean to prom. Rain check on the truth then? Sure thing!

On the bright side for Lara Jean, she does get into UC Berkey which is only an hour away from Peter at Stanford! Perhaps, Lara Jean’s senior trip to New York City with Peter is the perfect time to tell him what she’s been keeping from him. Thankfully, once Lara Jean comes clean, Peter is cool with it, but there’s another roadblock. Lara Jean didn’t expect to fall in love with New York City and is considering going to NYU instead.

This means that Lara Jean needs to get her ducks in a row before graduation, but how will this impact her relationship or her future in general?

TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER is funny and often cute. It mirrors the two previous TO ALL THE BOYS movies in terms of style and an upbeat soundtrack. The acting is great and believable. Also, the filmmakers add cute graphics that help audiences track with changes in location or time of the movie’s plot. It’s obvious that ALWAYS AND FOREVER is geared toward teenagers and the early college demographic, but rom-com fans probably will enjoy the movie too.

TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER has a light Romantic worldview where the protagonist idealistically dreams of her future. The movie also contains references to teenage sexuality. However, it contains some strong moral elements promoting good parenting and marriage, plus characters who say, “I’m sorry” and “I love you” often. One negative worldview element is the image of a Buddha statue in South Korea. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for mature viewers for some foul language and other content in TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER