"Honesty Overcomes Division"
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TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is a satisfying sequel. It captures the real emotions of a teenage girl who doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing. Ultimately, however, the new love triangle takes away from her chemistry with the first man. On the positive side, family is very important to the characters. Also, two characters volunteer at a retirement home. On the negative side, the movie has some emotional elements involving a love triangle. It also contains some foul language and references to a same-sex couple. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU.
TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is a sequel about a teenage girl who gets confused when another boy enters her life just as she’s started dating the boy from the first movie. TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is a satisfying sequel, with some moral positive elements stressing family, tradition and helping others, but the new love triangle takes away from the chemistry with the first guy, and there’s some foul language and references to a homosexual couple.
The movie begins with Lara Jean getting ready for her first real date with her new boyfriend Peter Kavinsky. Their date goes as well as either of them could’ve planned, and Lara Jean is happy with how things worked out with Peter.
The following day Lara Jean, her sister Kitty, and their father, Dr. Covey, are going to visit Lara Jean’s late mother’s side of the family to celebrate Korean New Year. Keeping his daughters in tune with his wife’s heritage is important to Dr. Covey so they know their ancestry.
Upon returning home, Dr. Covey hands Lara Jean a letter she received in the mail that just happens to be an answer to one of her love letters. John Ambrose’s letter recalls how he didn’t think anyone liked him in middle school, and he’s perplexed as to why she just now was telling him. Lara Jean isn’t sure if she should write back, so she sleeps on it and decides to tell Peter about the letter.
The next day at school, Lara Jean has the chance to talk to Peter, but he was cool about the letter John Ambrose sent. They enter the cafeteria where the students are having signups for where they will spend their weekends volunteering. Lara Jean signs up for a retirement home called Belleview, where her sister Margot volunteered. Lara Jean is excited to meet one lady about whom Margot raved.
When Lara Jean shows up for her first day of volunteering, she meets the woman Margot loved, Stormy, and they quickly form a friendship. When she is left alone with the volunteer coordinator, the only other volunteer who signed up shows up. The other volunteer is none other than John, who’s volunteering through his high school. The two hit it off, and it seems they both might have feelings for one another.
Through a series of small fights, Lara Jean and Peter end up hitting a breaking point. Lara Jean is very insecure about Peter’s past with Gen and the fact that the two of them still talk. Peter is upset Lara Jean didn’t tell John Ambrose about their relationship, until Peter mentioned it in front of him. These things make the two of them break up, even though the audience can tell neither of them wants that to happen.
Lara Jean decides to talk it out with Gen to find out what’s going on between her and Peter. Gen tells her Peter is crazy about Lara Jean, and no longer has any feelings for her. Lara Jean realizes maybe she was too hard on him, but is it too late?
TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is a satisfying sequel that captures the real emotions of a girl who doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing in a relationship. This relatability could sit well with viewers who’ve in her shoes. Ultimately, however, the new love triangle takes away from the chemistry of Lara Jean and Peter. While the storyline of a girl with conflicted emotions is believable, the chemistry isn’t quite there between Lara Jean and John Ambrose. The audience is left wanting more of Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship instead of getting caught up in the love triangle.
On the positive side, family is very important to the characters, and two characters volunteer at a retirement home. Also, truth, honesty and love overcome jealousy, misunderstanding and division. On the negative side, the movie has some emotional elements involving a love triangle. The lead female character deals with new feelings and tries to figure out where her real feelings lie. The movie also has some foul language and references to a same-sex couple. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for teenagers for TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU.
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