This morning, Netflix dropped the first trailer for its upcoming movie, To All the Boys: Always and Forever and it looks juicy. It will be the third and final installment of the hit trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
If you haven’t seen the first two or simply need a quick catch-up, here is what went down in the first two movies:
Lara Jean wrote a bunch of love letters over the years to boys she has ever loved and one day her younger sister sends all of them out. This leads Lara Jean to pretend-date one of the boys in the letters, Peter, to make someone else jealous. Long story short, there are some hands in back pockets, a hot tub scene, and next thing you know Lara Jean and Peter are dating for real. Big shocker there, right?
In the next movie, one of the other boys from the letters magically reappears in Laura Jean’s life and leaves Lara Jean torn between him and Peter. She had been having some trust issues with Peter, so it was pretty easy to fall back on this nice guy whom she had known for years. Turns out, there was never a real reason to be distrustful of Peter, and Lara Jean realizes she loves him more than the other boy after all.
OK, so now that we are all caught up on Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship, let’s take a look at the trailer. It begins with Lara Jean taking a vacation to Korea with her family and she is on FaceTime with Peter. She is telling him that she can’t wait to see him and wants to smother him in kisses. The trailer then flashes to when she comes home from her trip and Noah is shown asking her to prom while at their favorite spot: the diner.
Oh the memories of getting asked to prom in cute ways….
Anyway, the trailer continues going through a montage of prom-posals, BFF/sister hangouts, and other fun highschool things. This also includes a senior trip to New York City. While on this trip, Lara Jean falls in love with New York and, as a New Yorker myself, I must say… how could she not? This, however, throws a wrench in her plans. Lara Jean and Peter were planning to go to Stanford together; so what happens now that Lara Jean might want to go to college on the opposite side of the country?
Well, that’s a question they’ll address later on, because then the trailer goes back to its cute high school montage, now featuring snippets of prom night as well. We also get a quick look at Aidan – I mean, Lara Jean’s dad – giving her a bit of fatherly wisdom. “You can’t save this relationship by not growing.”
Cut to graduation, more of the fun montage, and then remember the question of college from earlier? Turns out, Lara Jean gets denied from Stanford anyway. We don’t know where she applied besides Stanford, but maybe now she will follow her heart and go to New York. On the other hand, maybe she will stay on the West Coast and go to literally any school besides Stanford that also happens to be in California.
I don’t know what’s up with Netflix and its obsession with Ivy League schools, but I’m here to remind you all that they are not the end-all-be-all of college education and, I promise you, you can get an excellent education at other more affordable schools. Although, I don’t think I would want to go anywhere else if I knew this would be waiting for me at Stanford….
Either way, I cannot wait to see where Lara Jean ends up and how Peter reacts to her decision. I’m even more excited, though, to see Aidan Shaw/Lara Jean’s dad breaking it down on the dance floor.
PS- can you tell I was always team Aidan? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you need to begin watching Sex and the City immediately. For reference, here is what you have to look forward to…
You can watch the full trailer for To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Laura Jean here.