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Netflix Teen Romance Movies Vol. 2

To All the Boys I Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You throws a wrench in Lara-Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter’s (Noah Centineo) new relationship when love letter recipient #5, John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) enters the picture. This leaves Lara-Jean confused and conflicted over which boy she likes more. Oh, the drama! Netflix tries hard to find their own version of #TeamEdward vs. #TeamJacob, and towards the end you think #TeamJohn is going to win, but #TeamPeter manages to win in the very end. (Spoilers, but this movie has been out for a year!)

The story’s fun. The voiceover still drives me nuts. And the addition of Holland Taylor’s Stormy as a senior fairy godmother was the best part of the movie. She stole all the scenes she was in!

This movie has the same problems: language and an inappropriate sexual reference or two, but nothing major. I can’t wait to see how the story ends on February 12th!

“What? I’m invested!” – Darcy Lewis – WandaVision

Twitter said The Kissing Booth 2 was worse than the original. Twitter doesn’t know what it’s talking about. Either I went into watching this movie with low expectations so that those expectations were surpassed, or it was a better movie I’m not sure which!

Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elrodi) are discovering how hard long distance relationships can be. Noah’s been getting close with Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) while at college. Due to his playboy past, Elle’s not sure she can trust him. Because she doesn’t trust him, she gets close another guy at school, Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez). Meanwhile, Lee’s (Joel Courtney) girlfriend Rachel ( is upset about all the time they have to spend Elle and wants time with him all to herself. The typical teen chaos ensues. Misunderstandings and conflict abound, but they manage to wrap it all up with a happy ending while managing leaving it open ended to lead into the final installment.

Everything about the sequel is better. The acting is greatly improved, and Joey King’s voiceover sounds more natural which made it less annoying to listen to. There’s less language. There is one brief sex scene that you’re in the room for, but you don’t see anything personal. There’s a C plot over halfway through the movie that involves a gay couple. They kiss twice. This will be a problem for some Conservative viewers. The movie’s overall more serious and grown up this time around and may not interest younger viewers.

I really enjoyed it and not just because of any hot actors this time. I can’t wait for part 3!

To All The Boys:Always and Forever finds Peter (Noah Centineo) and Lara-Jean (Lana Condor) in the midst of their hardest decision yet: college. Their plan of attending Stanford together gets derailed after Lara-Jean doesn’t get in. She gets accepted to Berkeley, but after visiting New York for their Senior Trip, she falls in love with all the city has to offer and decides to attend NYU instead. This decision is the breaking point of their relationship, and they go their separate ways.

After some well-timed advice from his estranged father, Peter convinces Lara-Jean to give him a second chance, and it all ends happily ever after.

This movie has a more serious tone than its predecessors. It has the same problems as well: some language and sex reference or two. This time around there’s a brief and well-edited sex scene. You see absolutely nothing explicit, but it’s enough to get the gist. It was refreshing that that happened near the end of the trilogy instead of throughout the entire series.

I didn’t like this one as much as the other two because of the change in tone from lighthearted to serious. A little to dramatic than what I’m currently in the mood for, but it was a solid ending to best Netflix Original movie series I’ve seen so far.

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