More love letters! More Lara Jean! And more Peter Kavinsky!
This is excellent news for every human woman with a pulse on this Earth, most of whom fell in love with the movie when it was first released in August. (This writer, for one, watched it five times the weekend it was released on Netflix alone.)
The movie told the story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a shy teenager who writes love letters to boys in lieu of telling them her feelings and her fake relationship with high school hottie Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), which blossomed spectacularly into a real relationship (as so often happens in romantic comedies) complete with Yakult jokes, cafeteria twirls and one outrageously romantic hot tub scene.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was rapturously received by critics and fans alike, breaking all records at Netflix to become one of the movie’s most popular original films of all time “with strong repeat viewing.” (Mea culpa. I have now watched this movie [redacted] times.)
All up, Netflix’s summer of romantic comedies, which also included Set It Up, Like Father and Sierra Burgess is a Loser were watched by 80 million people around the world.
So it’s not surprising, then, that Netflix wants to keep mining this rich romantic comedy seam with the sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. There’s enough material in the original book series, which features a second novel called P.S I Still Love You, in which Lara Jean and Pete Kavinsky navigate their new, legitimate relationship. No contract, no rules, just two crazy kids trying to make it work in the real world.
The tricky thing for producers to navigate is that part of P.S I Still Love You was covered in the first film. The book version of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ends with Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky (sorry, like any teenage dream crush it’s impossible to call him anything other than his full name) reuniting at Christmas.
The second book, therefore, deals with the release of the vindictive video tape and the fallout therein, as well as the return of one of Lara Jean’s original letter recipients, John Ambrose McLaren from Model U.N, with flowers and presents and an eye to winning Lara Jean’s heart. It’s the you vs the guy she told you not to worry about meme situation played out in awkward, terrifying technicolour.
To be honest, I care less about the plot and more about getting to watch Condor and Centineo together again onscreen, a rom com couple with the best chemistry this side of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love.
With Condor and Centineo all but confirmed to return, and director Susan Johnson posting in a now-deleted Instagram post that “the cat’s out of the bag! Thanks for the support everyone!!! It’s all you!” we can assume that the original dream team will reunite on this sequel.
I have a suggestion, though. Don’t call it P.S I Still Love You.
Call it: 2 All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. You’re welcome.