If You Ever Wrote A Love Letter

OHS students weigh in on the new Netflix film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The new Netflix film, which has been the talk all over social media, stars upcoming Asian American actress, Lana Connor and Disney Channel’s, Noah Centineo. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a high school junior, Lara Jean Covey, and how her secret love letters got into the wrong hands. Lara’s life takes a dramatic turn when all five of her letters are mailed to the boys she’s all loved before. Just when she thinks her life is over from embarrassment, her seventh grade crush, Peter, agrees to a fake relationship with her. Their relationship then turns into a real one when Peter falls in love with Lara.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, might seem like a typical romance movie to some people, but to Oxnard High School senior Andrew Reyes, it was “different than what I had planned out[…]it showed a different side of love stories.” Some people expected the movie to have a cliche plot, but were actually surprised to get a different one. OHS senior Sidney Luis said, “I liked the movie because I feel like it could really happen, like it’s reality.”

Social media outlets, like Twitter and Snapchat, were one of the many things that helped the movie get more viewers.“After the movie got popular I started to like it even more,” said Luis. OHS senior Usman Asim added, “I was seeing a bunch of people talking about it on social media and thought it looked interesting.”

Although some people loved this movie, there are others who would argue otherwise. OHS senior Brandy Bibian said,“I think the movie was a little over-hyped, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.” One reason might have to do with the idea of a perfect relationship, or an unrealistic one. Bibian added, “I think what made the movie bad was that it wasn’t realistic and was a little cheesy.”

One thing the movie exceeded in was minority representation throughout the film.“I think Lana Condor being represented as an Asian American actress shows diversity in the movie,” said OHS freshman Tanya Lopez.

Overall, the film received a 7.2/10 rating according to RottenTomatoes.com. It was a good love story that many people, especially young adults loved.