I Did Not Love P.S. I Still Love You

A review of the second installment in Netflix’s To All the Boys series

Shevany Moharir, Staff Writer

On February 12, Netflix released a sequel to the extremely popular romantic comedy film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, just in time for Valentine’s day. P.S. I Still Love You is the second installment in the franchise, based on the books of the same name by Jenny Han.

The film picks up after the events of the first movie with the two leads, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), going out on their first official date. The pair are seen very happy together and excited to finally be together. Shortly after the first date, though, Lara Jean is seen feeling insecure about her relationship with Peter and constantly comparing her to his ex-girlfriend and her arch-enemy, Gen. Meanwhile, Lara Jean receives a letter in the mail from one of her previous love letter recipients, John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher). Her world then turns upside down when John Ambrose is also, coincidentally, volunteering at the same nursing home as she is. Lara Jean has to come to terms with her feelings towards both boys and realizes that the “perfect relationship” she has dreamed about for so many years may not be exactly what she expects.

The movie features several cute, heartfelt moments from the fan-favorite couple, Lara Jean and Peter. It is the perfect movie for Valentine’s Day, whether your single or taken, as part of the movie takes place during the holiday. There are many new characters as well, most notably, John Ambrose played by Jordan Fisher. Ross Butler also joins the cast as Peter’s friend Trevor.

For fans of the original To All the Boys movie, this movie delivers on what any romantic comedy should — romance and comedy. Besides that, there is nothing particularly conveying about the movie. The plot seemed to be quite uneventful and even the drama between the love triangle with Peter, Lara Jean, and John Ambrose didn’t play up to how it was represented in the teasers and trailers. So unless you’re a die-hard fan, this movie is not as good as its predecessor.

With that being said, the film still has the same charm and sentiment as the first film did and kept up with the same tone. It did a good job of continuing the story while also developing the characters further. The two leads worked very well together and were truly the backbone of the rather dull plotline. 

Furthermore, there are high hopes that the final movie in the franchise, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which wrapped filming in late 2019, will be able to wrap up the movie properly and tastefully unlike what the second movie did. Though the release date has not been announced, many fans speculate a late 2020 premiere. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with Lara Jean and Peter.