To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

This adaptation of Jenny Han’s young adult romance is likely to satisfy its intended audience, namely, fans of the novel itself and romantic comedies in general. Me, I’ve never read the novel and don’t gravitate much towards rom-coms, but nevertheless I found this one entertaining and occasionally clever. It’s fairly predictable and it requires significant suspension of disbelief, but it’s not offensive or subpar – it mostly just follows the conventions of its genre. You can see lead Lana Condor pour herself into her role but the screenplay never really lets protagonist Lara Jean come alive, preferring instead to develop the character via dialogue *about* her in lieu of character development, but she’s surrounded by well-cast supporting characters that end up doing most of the heavy lifting. It’s unremarkable but inoffensive, and perfect for a quiet Saturday afternoon.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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