P.S. I Still Love You is a Charming Disappointment


In anticipation of Valentine’s Day 2020, I began looking for love. In the absence of a boyfriend, I watched a movie, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Peter Kavinky and Lara Jean’s love story immediately drew me in. It is the classic tale of pretending to be in love and then actually falling in love. The bright colors, new characters and perfectly imperfect scenery kept my eyes glued to the TV. I was in love. 

After watching “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” I convinced my friends to watch the sequel, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Valentine’s Day.” As we snuggled in with our blankets and popcorn, we had high expectations for how the love story would continue. After all, how do you go wrong with such a great duo? 

As it turns out, you can go wrong with a pretty bland plot. The story starts with Lara Jean and Peter trying out their new relationship. Lara Jean is a 16-year-old who is insecure with her relationship. She constantly bemoans that she does not know how to be a girlfriend. While this is convincing and realistic for a young, high-school relationship, it is not fun for the viewer to watch. Lara Jean is then introduced to one of her letter-receiving former flames, who is pretty much perfect. The love triangle has been introduced. Unfortunately, there is no real threat to the relationship. It is clear that Peter Kavinsky loves Lara Jean, despite his communication flaws. Despite the unconvincing love triangle, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” strengthened one female relationship. Lara Jean comes to the realization that Evil Gen is not so evil, and the love between best friends never truly leaves. 

After finishing “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” I felt disappointed. I had seen a beautiful, colorful movie that failed to entertain. Let’s hope that a third “To All the Boys” movie brings back the charm of the first one.