To All the Boys: Always and Forever

To All the Boys: Always and Forever is the third and last installment in the To All the Boys trilogy. Lara Jean and Peter are in their senior year of high school and their current plan is to go to Stanford together. Peter has already been admitted on an athletic scholarship, and Lara Jean thinks once they get in together nothing will stop their romance. However, Lara Jean gets rejected from Stanford, which makes her fear that she and Peter won’t be able to stay together.

Director: Gareth Smith, Michael Fimognari
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo

Review: A teen-movie romcom trilogy shouldn’t necessarily work — but the To All The Boys trilogy proves that it can, offering room to grow while staying true to the heart of the original story. Always And Forever seals the deal with a final chapter that not only does right by its central characters, but by extension does right by its audience too. It’s one last love letter that delivers all the feels.

Centineo and Condor remain the best part of To All the Boys: Always and Forever, as they were the best part of P.S. I Still Love You. They have a wholesomely sexy chemistry that manages to keep even their cutest moments from ever quite descending into cutesiness, and they can sell the giddy joy of first love as easily as they sell their terror at their looming separation. Centineo remains the reigning champion of the longing gaze, and while Condor’s gift for comic timing goes underused in Always and Forever, every time she has the chance to break it out, she reminds us just how funny and endearing she can be.

Verdict: Worth the Popcorn

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