‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ Summary & Rant – Unbearable Façade


Valentine’s day was created to sell cards. There is nothing official or historical about it. It is just a marketing bluff. Similarly, films like To All the Boys: Always and Forever and its prequel are brilliant project recipes targeted on Valentine’s day to woo love birds. The problem is, they are not showcasing a film, they are selling a project, a commodity that has nothing to do with story, plot, character, narrative, hold on, these words don’t matter for a studio project. It’s a glossy skin without the grey matter, and if you are making the film trend, you are the culprit too.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the third film in the lot offers nothing. Actually, it offers nothing, except boredom, yawns, and sound sleep. Directed by Michael Fimognari, the third film is the final film as per the reports, and you can’t thank the makers enough that they decided to stop torturing people with Lara Jean thing. I actually liked the first film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) but the second and this third film, why? Only because audiences liked a film, doesn’t give you enough reasons to keep making sequels until you turn things into crap. Studios, Please don’t spoil movies more by making worthless sequels.

The film is about Lara Jean and her boyfriend Peter enrolling in colleges after high school. I know some people might have felt lovely bubbly on that plot but trust me, it’s overly cliched. Every third-grade college coming of age story has the same subject. And Et Tu, Brute?

Well, the conflict here is, Peter gets enrolled in Stanford University but Lara’s application is pending. She believes if lovey-dovey couples don’t get admitted to the same college, their relationship and romance would end due to a long term relationship. I haven’t come across a more pathetic character conflict and plot drama in my whole life. In the world of Cinema, where we were actually making love stories like Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, and Call Me By Your Name, are you sure Netflix that you are selling this?

And if you think the subject and plot is infuriating, then you are too quick to judge, seriously, you should listen to the theme. It’s choosing your future, love will adjust. Someone, please erase the memory where I literally saw this film and came across this kind of conclusion, WHY YOU DO THAT NETFLIX?

Okay, so there was no narrative or any screenwriting element in the film? Just forget it, keep your writing skills, projects are sold on “how to make cakes and cookies.” and seriously the film has lots of shiny, candy floss, glossy moments, and characters glittering like Christmas lights. Why? Because it’s a pathetic valentine’s movie,  made only for Netflix. Don’t even get me started about acting, because I thought Noah Centineo was sleep-deprived throughout or trying some new acting methods, that don’t involve acting. And Lana Condor, was gloomy as always like someone has punished her to only portray one emotion. Or maybe, that’s all she knows.

If you are planning to watch To All the Boys: Always and Forever, don’t try to enjoy it, just try to think about many more reasons why they make films like these. And be grateful to God that this third installment is the last in the lot. If you have seen it, congratulations, we share the same burn now and I hope you have enjoyed this RANT more than the film. For remedy and to get back your sanity, watch the Before Series. Not all trilogies are shitty.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever (film) is streaming on Netflix.

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Shikhar Agrawal
Shikhar Agrawal
I am an Onstage Dramatist and a Screenwriter. I have been working in the Indian Film Industry for the past 12 years, writing dialogues for various films and television shows.

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