‘To All the Boys’ sequel doesn’t meet expectations

The sequel to the heartfelt Netflix original movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was released Wednesday, Feb. 12, just in time for Galentine’s Day. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was even cringier than the first.

With Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) finally officially dating popular lacrosse player Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), you’d think she had it all. The boy, the romance and the popularity. But just as things start to feel somewhat off with Peter, John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of the love letters, writes her back.

Lara Jean feels Peter is getting distant, so she tries to catch his eye more often. She dresses up for his lacrosse games and is a more visible girlfriend. Since her efforts seem to go unnoticed, she feels she didn’t read the “girlfriend handbook.”

While Peter appears too busy for Lara Jean, John Ambrose ends up volunteering at the same retirement home as her. When they meet again, the audience feels like a spark is about to happen.

Throughout the rest of the movie, Lara Jean tries to decide between Peter and John Ambrose. When John Ambrose brings up getting the old gang from seventh grade back together to dig up an old time capsule they buried, Lara Jean has to go through the awkward situation of having John Ambrose and Peter in the same room.

While John is completely unaware of Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship, it has the audience on the edge of their seats waiting to see how Lara Jean is going to handle this situation.

I loved watching Lara Jean and Peter falling in love a year and a half ago in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” but this film didn’t hold as much interest as the first one. 

The movie seemed all over the place, and the vibe was extremely different between the two films. The writers made Peter look way worse than they should have — he was the most romantic part of the first movie, yet he was given almost no good qualities in the second.

But when Lara Jean chooses who she really wants to be with, I wasn’t surprised — I was happy about it.

John Ambrose popped up in the post-credits scene of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” played by Jordan Burtchett, but in “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” he was played by Fisher. Many true fans of the first movie caught this recasting and were shocked as Burtchett fit the character’s description in the book a little more.

This movie was definitely not as good as the first, but it still is fun to watch with your girlfriends for a laid back movie night. It had all the classic love story criteria: the drama, the romance, the love. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” really can bring that warm feeling into the viewers’ hearts. 

Now book fans are curious to see if the next book, “Always and Forever, Lara Jean,” will become a movie, and if it does, will it be better than the second? One can only hope.

Rating: 3/5 love letters