The third installment of the All Boys canon follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) as they prepare for their future as graduates of Stanford. Everything is clearly planned, including weekend bike rides, joint library classes, and an easy transition into adulthood in a happy and contented marriage.

However, a wrench is thrown in the pastel when Lara Jean is denied admission to Stanford and their plans to attend college together disappear. While she finds other universities in California (the Google maps are very helpful for those of us who have a limited knowledge of American geography), the class trip to New York leads her to think about her other options.

Achievement of relationship objectives

In the first film, Lara Jean and Pierre meet as a couple to make their respective love objects jealous. After sharing their favorite foods and movies, their anger began to subside when they fell in love. The Will-they-won’t-they drama featuring two incredibly cute teenagers against a backdrop of fairy lights and frothy calf decorations was an unsurprising success, leading to a solid but perhaps not so charming sequel.

The second film is based on a plot inspired by the original (Lara Jean’s childhood love letters were discovered by her younger sister and sent to boys she admired from afar), with one of the recipients of the love letters turning up as a potential boyfriend of Lara Jean. The appearance of John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) was the first challenge in Lara and Peter’s relationship. The third film, on the other hand, confronts teenagers with a major challenge in their relationship: a long-distance trip.

To all the boys: Always and Forever is a more mature film than the first two, as the two main characters are forced to think about what their future will be like without the security of their school, family and peers. The screenplay is geared more towards romance than comedy, which is a bank on the spot considering the serious choices the main characters have to make. Some characters who once provided comic one-liners, such as Anna Cathcart as sister Kitty, are significantly downplayed.

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Growing up and getting divorced?

While not as lighthearted as the previous film, Always and Forever addresses many big themes and adult experiences in a way that seems measured and doesn’t overwhelm the viewer. From Pierre’s father, from whom he is divorced and trying to come to terms with a broken relationship, to Lara Jean and her sisters facing their father’s remarriage, each issue is addressed onscreen and responsibly. There are no evil stepmothers, but there are also no scenes of undeserved forgiveness.

While covering the difficult aspects of growing up, it also shows the adventures of adults, such as falling in love with a new city and imagining life there. As someone who based her choice of college on a visit to the Globe Theatre and Leicester Square, I saw much of the way Lara Jean fell in love with New York after a few days of eating dessert and taking the subway.

However, the ending caused some controversy, and while there are no spoilers here, the ultimate goal of the film is to question how you deal with a long distance relationship with your high school boyfriend or girlfriend. The chances of a couple staying together when a) there are thousands of miles between them and b) they are independent for the first time are pretty slim. When people go to different universities, relationships usually have an average lifespan from graduation to Christmas break, but there is always an expectation of something better. Most people know at least one couple from their youth who went to different universities, hoping to succeed, and ended up marrying with children as planned. To all the boys: Always and Forever does not necessarily provide answers to what is good for everyone, but rather explores what is good for their fun leads.

When is the last time we see Lara Jean and Pierre?

Regardless of how you feel about the ending, it’s hard not to warm to the All the Boys trilogy. Encouraged by their optimism, they played an important role in creating a wave of romantic comedies for teenagers with hope in their hearts. Movies like Love, Simon and Booksmart, as well as To All The Boys, have given viewers hope for a future relationship and a glimpse of love on the big screen.

Hopefully, young people can watch romantic movies with people who look like them and with whom they can identify. The hope is that young people can live in relationships that value honesty and healthy communication. And the hope that if something doesn’t work the way you thought it would, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it.

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