To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was no Oscar worthy film, but it was by far better than the monstrosity that was the sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. The expectations were not set high for the second movie, as the first was mediocre at best. Still, viewers were surprised at the movie’s ability to reach a new level of bad in only 90 minutes.
The plot is merely okay, accented wonderfully by the low quality acting. Stars Noah Centineo, who plays Peter Kavinsky, and Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean Covey, managed to have less on screen chemistry than they did in the first movie, in which their characters are meant to be awkward around each other. In addition, Kavinsky, who is made out to be a sweet, lovable character in the first movie is noncommittal, pushy and unemotional in the second. And Covey, the sweet, innocent soul, gains no sympathy when she plays with the hearts of two guys at once. The shifts in the characters’ personalities create unlikeable qualities in the protagonists.
There is a chance that this disappointing sequel stems from the change in director. Susan Johnson, the director of the first movie, seemed to make the characters far more animated and loveable; however, Michael Fimognari, director of the second film, portrays the characters in a more pessimistic but realistic light. The more realistic portrayal was a swing and a miss though, as the movie’s originally lighthearted and enjoyable intentions left the sequel missing a charming element that drew in many fans.
Unfortunately, the lines were cheesy, the plot was cliché, and the acting did not make up for any of it. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will likely go down as a bit of a flop all together, unless the media is willing to pretend the second movie never came out. If you’re looking for a cheesy but cute romantic movie, enjoy the prequel and leave it at that.