To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

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To All the Boys:
P.S. I Still Love You
To All the Boys - P.S. I Still Love You official release poster.jpg
Official release poster
Directed byMichael Fimognari
Produced byMatt Kaplan
Screenplay by
Based onP.S. I Still Love You
by Jenny Han
Starring
Music byJoe Wong
CinematographyMichael Fimognari
Edited byJoe Klotz
Production
companies
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • February 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is a 2020 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Michael Fimognari and written by Sofia Alvarez and J. Mills Goodloe. The film stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Trezzo Mahoro, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Kelcey Mawema, Jordan Fisher, Ross Butler, Julie Tao, Sarayu Blue, John Corbett, Holland Taylor, and Maddie Ziegler. The film is based on Jenny Han's 2015 novel P.S. I Still Love You.

The film is a sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018), and the second installment in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before film series. The film was released on February 12, 2020 exclusively on Netflix, with a third film titled To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean in post-production.[1]

Plot[edit]

Lara Jean Covey's (Lana Condor) high school sets up a volunteer program; while her boyfriend Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) goes to volunteer with his friends, Lara Jean decides to go to Belleview Retirement Home instead, since that's where her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) went. On her first day there, she meets Stormy, an eccentric old lady who Margot often talked about and accidentally slips on a pile of gumballs after discovering that John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher) is also volunteering at Belleview. They talk about the letter, and John Ambrose agrees to let Lara Jean read the letter as long as she gives it back to him afterward. Lara Jean is unable to stop thinking about their conversation and, in addition, is constantly insecure about her relationship with Peter because she can't stop comparing herself with her ex-best friend (and Peter's ex-girlfriend) Gen (Emilija Baranac).

On Valentine's Day, Lara Jean witnesses her classmates being serenaded by special acapella groups and is told by a friend that Peter sent a group to serenade Gen every period, back when they were still dating. This enhances her insecurity, though she forgets about this when she meets with Peter later that day. He gives her a silver necklace and reads a poem he brought for her, which she believes is original but turns out to be two verses of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" with Lara Jean's name replacing the words "Annabel Lee". She is later told by Stormy about the true nature of the poem, which upsets her. He apologizes and tells her he wishes he could write something like that for her, though he means everything in the poem.

While volunteering at Belleview, Lara Jean and John Ambrose grow closer and decide to throw a Star Ball for Belleview after discovering some old decorations in the basement; John Ambrose appears to be catching feelings for Lara Jean, who tries but is unable to tell him about her relationship with Peter. Instead, she ends up telling him that their old middle school hangout spot, a treehouse, is being torn down due to the new family moving in. They arrange for the whole gang to meet there to dig up the time capsule they buried years ago, including Gen, and take turns unpacking it. However, Gen claims that she didn't put any in the time capsule when they find it empty earlier than they expected. During their "party", Peter gets jealous of John Ambrose and reveals his relationship with Lara Jean. After everyone leaves, Lara Jean and Peter argue but end up making up.

The next day, Lara Jean apologizes to John Ambrose for not telling him about Peter, which he forgives her for. She decides to dress up for Peter's game and is waiting for Peter to come out but is pulled aside by Chris to tell her that she saw him with Gen earlier, showing her a photo of them holding each other. Lara Jean confronts Peter and realizes that Peter never stopped talking to Gen and on the ski trip, Peter was waiting for Gen at the hot tub and not Lara Jean, as he was planning to get back together with Gen that night and he and Lara Jean would never have gotten together for real. That is why the video of LJ and Peter at the hot tub was leaked. Gen knew where Peter was going to be. With Peter being in a rush to get to the game, he tells Lara Jean they will have to talk about it later, but she's too hurt and breaks up with him. Lara Jean goes to the treehouse sometime later and meets up with Gen, who reveals that Peter was only comforting her as her parents were separating. She says that she only went to Peter because he had undergone the same experience, that Peter is crazy about Lara Jean, and that she shouldn't be doubting him. She also reveals that she had, in fact, put something in the time capsule (a friendship bracelet that matched the bracelet Lara Jean put in the capsule) and was just too embarrassed to show it. Lara Jean starts to realize that she was the one who always had Gen on her mind, not Peter, and makes up with Gen.

On the night of the ball, planned for the retirees, Stormy gives Lara Jean a dress and a makeover. She and John Ambrose dance before going outside in the snow. However, when they kiss, Lara Jean realizes that she truly loves Peter and doesn't hold feelings for John. John whispers to LJ stating that Peter’s there and she apologizes to him and rushes outside in her dress, only to find Peter waiting outside for her. He states that he was waiting outside since she doesn't like driving in the snow, a fact that she told him on their first date, and says that she can break his heart if she wants to. She says that she loves him instead, and he tells her he loves her back. They kiss and make up, and Lara Jean says in an ending voiceover that she wanted a fairytale relationship with Peter, but is now satisfied with what she has.

Cast[edit]

  • Lana Condor as Lara Jean "LJ" Song-Covey, a half-Korean, half-white high school student, and the main character
  • Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky, Lara Jean's boyfriend and a popular lacrosse player
  • Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose McClaren, Lara Jean's crush in sixth grade
  • Anna Cathcart as Katherine “Kitty” Song-Covey, Lara Jean's playful little sister who got her and Peter together
  • Janel Parrish as Margot Song-Covey, Lara Jean's mature and responsible older sister who goes to college in Scotland
  • Ross Butler as Trevor Pike, Peter and Lara Jean's good friend and Chris's boyfriend
  • Madeleine Arthur as Christine "Chris", Gen's cousin and Lara Jean's best friend who goes by "Chris"
  • Emilija Baranac as Genevieve "Gen", a pretty and popular girl who is Peter's ex and Lara Jean's best-friend-turned-rival
  • Trezzo Mahoro as Lucas James, Lara Jean's gay and amiable friend as well as one of her former loves
  • Holland Taylor as Edith "Stormy" McClaren-Sheehan: John's grandmother, an eccentric elderly woman with impeccable style, who lives in the nursing home at which Lara Jean volunteers.
  • Sarayu Blue as Trina Rothschild, the Coveys' friendly neighbor who develops a budding romance with Lara Jean's dad
  • John Corbett as Dr. Daniel "Dan" Covey, Lara Jean's kind and somewhat protective father
  • Kelcey Mawema as Emily, Gen's friend
  • Julie Tao as Haven, the Coveys' Korean cousin
  • Maddie Ziegler as Pep Squad Girl

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In August 2018, Jenny Han, author of the source novel, said of a film sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which would adapt Han's second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You:

There's so many things in the second book that I would love to see in a sequel. The whole reason why I wrote a second book was for the character of John Ambrose McClaren, who is a fan favorite, and he's a favorite of mine too. I would love to see that explored, and also there's a character called Stormy that I love to write. I would love to see that.[2]

In November 2018, it was reported that Netflix and Paramount Pictures' Awesomeness Films were in discussions to produce a sequel,[3] and Netflix announced the development of a sequel featuring Condor and Centineo in December 2018.[4] In March 2019, it was reported that Michael Fimognari, cinematographer on the first film, would make his feature film directorial debut with the sequel, taking over from the original film's director Susan Johnson, who would stay on to executive produce.[5] It was also announced that Parrish, Cathcart and Corbett would return to co-star.[5]

The sequel has also cast Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose McClaren, a past love of Lara Jean's,[6] and Ross Butler as Trevor Pike, one of Peter's best friends.[7] Madeleine Arthur will reprise her role as Chris, while Holland Taylor and Sarayu Blue have joined the cast as Stormy McClaren and Trina Rothschild respectively.[8]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in Vancouver, British Columbia and the surrounding areas on March 27, 2019.[9] As with the first film, scenes at Lara Jean's high school were filmed at Point Grey Secondary School.[10] Principal photography wrapped on May 10, 2019.[11]

Music[edit]

The song "Moral of the Story" by Ashe experienced viral international success after appearing in the film.[12][13]

Release[edit]

The first trailer for To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You was released on December 19, 2019,[14] revealing that the film would be released exclusively on Netflix on February 12, 2020.[15]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75% based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 6.72/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You may feel like little more than an amiable postscript to its predecessor, but fans of the original should still find this a swoonworthy sequel."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on reviews from 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com gave the film 2 1/2 stars out of 4, and wrote that "its enjoyment will depend largely on whether you want Peter to be the main boy that Lara loves, or not."[18] He added, "It’s hard to get past the hope that Lara Jean will someday soon get something better—a better boyfriend, and a better movie."

Sequel[edit]

A third film, based on the third novel in the trilogy, began filming on July 15, 2019, two months after production on the second film wrapped.[19]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (August 20, 2018). "'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Cast and Crew Discuss That Surprise Ending and a Possible Sequel". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
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  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 19, 2018). "'To All The Boys I've Loved Before 2': Lana Condor & Noah Centineo Are Returning, Netflix Says". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
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  6. ^ McHenry, Jackson (March 28, 2019). "Jordan Fisher Is the John Ambrose You Haven't Met in To All the Boys I've Loved Before Sequel". Vulture.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Harris, Hunter (April 1, 2019). "Ross Butler Joins To All the Boys 2, Casting That Can Only Be Interpreted As a Personal Attack". Vulture.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 4, 2019). "Holland Taylor, Madeleine Arthur & Sarayu Blue Join 'All The Boys I've Loved Before' Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Schremph, Kelly (March 27, 2019). "Noah Centineo & Lana Condor Officially Started Filming The 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' Sequel". Bustle. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' sequel seen filming in Point Grey". CTV News. April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. May 24, 2019. Archived from the original on May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Meredith, Karenna (February 14, 2020). "P.S. I Still Love You: I Can't Get the Dramatic "Moral of the Story" Song Out of My Head". Popsugar. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Mamo, Heran (March 3, 2020). "Here Are the Lyrics to Ashe's 'Moral of the Story'". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Melas, Chloe (December 19, 2019). "The 'To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You' trailer is here". CNN. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick; N'Duka, Amanda (August 15, 2019). "'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' Sequel Gets Netflix Release Date, With Third Movie Confirmed". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  17. ^ "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)". Metacritic. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  18. ^ Allen, Nick. "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You movie review (2020) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Lam, Teresa (July 17, 2019). "Lana Condor & Noah Centineo Have Begun Filming 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3'". HypeBae.

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