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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that To All the Boys I've Loved: P.S. I Still Love You is a sequel to 2018's wildly popular Netflix teen romcom To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Based on the second in a trilogy of books by Jenny Han, the story picks up immediately after the first movie, after Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) have become a couple. The high school duo faces some challenging moments, mostly fueled by the newness of their situation and its accompanying emotions for a "first-timer" like Lara Jean. Expect kissing, embracing, and a flashback from the first film that shows the teens smooching in a hot tub. But overall there's less kissing and making out in this entry than in the first. There's also a thoughtful conversation about whether or not to have sex, and overall the film promotes strong family support, honest behavior, and thoughtful decision-making. A few curses are heard: "s--t," "hell," "bitch" and "bulls--t."
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What's the story?
Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are back, taking their enchanting relationship to a new level in TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I LOVE YOU. It's first date time, with lots of alone time as they get to know each other better, and even an intimate time for exploring the boundaries they want to set for themselves. Continuing the format, with Lara Jean's narration expanding tricky personal moments of insight and insecurity, the fairy tale romance comes up against Lara Jean's first-time jitters and one significant distraction. Another recipient of her earlier "love letters," a middle school crush whom she hasn't seen in years, appears. The charming John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) is back in Lara Jean's life, another possibility definitely worthy of her affections. Confusing matters further is Lara Jean's lingering anxiety about Peter's more-experienced romantic past, and her worries about what it takes to be a "good" girlfriend.
Is it any good?
Another endearing performance by Lana Condor, Noah Centineo as the attentive dreamboat, and a cheery supporting family are front and center in this sweet, bright-colored sequel. The story of two smart, kindhearted, and attractive teens remains a wholesome fairy tale. In fact, there's even less kissing and making out in this entry than in the first. The soundtrack from To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You -- mostly on-the-nose pop songs that serve as a second "narrator" for the story-- adds to the movie's accessibility for its teen fans. Supporting players are cheery and engaging, as well. The filmmakers made a very good choice in bringing in Jordan Fisher as the third member of a romantic triangle since the character and the actor are solid matches for the two leads.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sequels to popular movies like To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Did To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You live up to your expectations? What surprised you about it? If the ending was predictable, especially knowing there's a third book and movie, did the journey getting there seem worthwhile?
What valuable character strengths does Lara Jean rely upon to find her way in this relationship? Pick one of those traits and show why it was important. In what ways, if any, is the character a role model?
Think about the movie's musical score. How did the music help express Lara Jean's feelings, especially when it was combined with her narration?
A book's narration is often used in the movie adaptation as a "voice-over." Find out more about voice-overs as a tool in moviemaking.
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