To All the Boys: I somehow still love you

The sequel movie for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before premiered on Netflix February 12. The film maintained a similar cast list, though a notable loss and addition were Israel Broussard and Jordan Fisher, respectively.

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The sequel movie for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before premiered on Netflix February 12. The film maintained a similar cast list, though a notable loss and addition were Israel Broussard and Jordan Fisher, respectively.

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A February 12 premier? That’s just in time for Valentine’s Day ran through my head when I first heard of the release of a new To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie. I was ecstatic. Lara Jean’s outfits would be back, I’d get to watch her navigate her first relationship and most importantly, her eclectic best friend Chris would be returning. I was, unfortunately, disappointed. 

After the hour and 42 minutes of the movie had passed, I could do nothing but stare at my blank screen in shock. Where was Josh? Though I wasn’t complaining about the addition of Jordan Fisher, hadn’t John Ambrose been a different race at the end of the previous film? What was that weird singing in the hallway montage, and why do I still have second-hand embarrassment? Even over all that, I still had one prevailing thought: John Ambrose deserved better (no, you cannot change my mind). And he did. A well-rounded male character left alone in the snow to suffer a cold, dreary demise as the secondary love interest, inserted only for character development, overshadowed by a self-absorbed, semi-cheating jock. A tragedy.

It was a cute movie; I’ll give it that. There was a good soundtrack, and the acting really did portray some of the biggest struggles in a high school relationship, dramatized though it may be. But I will never forgive Michael Fimognari for what he did to John. Bring back Susan Johnson.