Movie Reviews

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

NETFLIX Movie

Director:

Susan Johnson

Starring:

Lana Condor

Noah Centineo

Janel Parish

Israel Broussard

Plot:

A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

Review:

Wow, I was not expecting such a great romance from Netflix after the absolute stinkers they’ve given me recently.

Lara Jean, Lana Condor, doesn’t tell boys when she has a crush on them. She prefers to look on from afar and when the feelings are too much to write them a letter explaining her feelings. She never intends for those letters to be seen, though, she does address them. Naturally, those letters are sent by a somewhat well-meaning sister.

Most of the letters were years old and her feelings have moved on so she doesn’t have much issue explaining to the boys once they show up that she’s moved on. However, one of the letters is to her sister Margot, Janel Parish, recently dumped boyfriend, Israel Broussard. Her feelings for him are complicated. They’re best friends, she had a crush, but he was always in love with her sister. It was never even an option for her to try and pursue a relationship with him once her sister dumped him because her sister still, sort of, has feelings for him.

In an effort to keep him in the dark about her feelings she accosts another one of the recipients of her love letters. Peter, Noah Centineo, has just broken up with his long term girlfriend and was not looking for a relationship. However, he takes the opportunity to make his ex jealous and to help Lara Jean hide, by pretending to be her boyfriend.

They’re adorable, tons of chemistry, very realistic but still fun. It reminded me of watching Sixteen Candles, incidentally, one of the movies they talk about in the film. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was so great that I’ve actually looked into the book series it is based on. There are two more books, so my hope is that they make a sequel, but we’ll see. I hate teen angst with a passion but I loved this movie.

5/5

 

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Prince and Me (2004)


The Prince and Me (2004)

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Starring:

Julia Stiles

Luke Mably

Ben Miller

Plot:

At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan.

Review:

Paige, Julia Stiles, is a no nonsense, get shit done woman. She’s going to be a doctor and nothing can stand in her way. Edvard, Luke Mably, is a prince that has been given everything expect the one thing he wants, no responsibility. After viewing a commercial for Girls Gone Wild Wisconsin (I kid you not) he decides that he’s going to run to Wisconsin so that he can get easy college girls out of his system.

Almost immediately he runs out of money and has to get a job because his parents have cut him off. With work and school bearing down on him, naturally, that means he should forget about the coeds that might be willing to be a one night stand for an attractive man with a British accent, instead he puts his sights on Paige.

Opposites attract and they’re both beautiful and things are going smoothly, until the paparazzi find the prince and Paige discovers he’s first in line to the Denmark throne. Did I mention he was hiding that?

Anyway, after speaking with her mom she maxes out all of her credit cards, and her friend’s, to run to him in Denmark. She decides that she will be his queen and all of her dreams no longer matter because she has love.

Then things take an awesome turn. She realizes that she may love him and he loves her, but this isn’t her world. Sure she could make it work, but she still wants to be a doctor, she still wants to help people. So she tells him goodbye and heads back to college.

Edvard becomes king, but he decides that love is more important and that he can wait for Paige to get her degree and become a doctor. He runs back to America, tells her he’ll wait forever, and they kiss and three more movies are made about their love.

It was a cute movie, I really liked the twist at the end. It made the movie more than a simple romance.

3/5

No Reservations (2007)

No Reservations (2007)

Director:

Scott Hicks

Starring:

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Aaron Eckhart

Abigail Breslin

Plot:

The life of a top chef changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

Review:

I am dieting. I am really enjoying watching stuff with food. This had food in it, though, not as much as I wanted.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous and a food genius that has nothing else in her life except her sister and niece. Her sister dies and she’s left to raise her niece. The learning curve is steep and she only knows gourmet food.

Aaron Eckhart wants to learn how to cook from Catherine Zeta-Jones and obviously seduce her. He falls in love with her O face while feeding her food. He’s also a normal well-adjusted human being so is better at connecting with the niece.

They fall in love, open their own restaurant, and all live happily ever after.

3/5

Penelope (2006)


Penelope (2006)

Director:

Mark Palansky

Starring:

Christina Ricci

James McAvoy

Reese Witherspoon

Plot:

A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will accept her as one of their own.”

Review:

Penelope, Christina Ricci, is the first girl to be born on her father’s side since they were cursed because a dude was a douche bag. She needed a blue blood to love her as is, which apparently is hard when your nose is a snout.

The movie is adorable and I really like it, but it’s also super sad because how could her mother not love her as is? What about her father? Come on! Their daughter is brilliant and nice and funny and because of her nose they can’t accept her? Shit parents.

A matchmaker is hired to find someone to love her and proceeds to fail completely. Poor Penelope is locked in her parent’s house her entire life and finally, after so many rejections, runs away. She sees the city outside of her house for the first time and has fun. People like her, of course, and then she runs out of money, so she sells pictures of herself and the entire city falls in love.

Anyway, there is of course a cute guy, James McAvoy. His life is a mess and he’s not a blue blood and he falls for her. Things happen, but they end up together and it’s super happy.

I love this movie because it’s sweet and cute and funny. It’s just a nice movie that makes me happy.

5/5

Coffee Shop (2014)


Coffee Shop (2014)

Director:

Dave Alan Johnson

Starring:

Laura Vandervoort

Cory M. Grant

Josh Ventura

Rachel Hendrix

Plot:

When a young coffee shop owner is threatened with repossession she must take a chance with life and love as she fights to save her business.

Review:

A gorgeous woman fulfills her dream of owning a coffee shop and proceeds to run it into the grown hiring two fulltime workers, giving away free coffee, and being rude to customers. Knowing that the end of her dream is near she falls into a horrible depression that makes her face and voice devoid of any emotion. Her eyes are dead inside as everything unravels underneath her.

If her business woes weren’t enough she’s found it difficult to get past her longtime boyfriend leaving her for his career. When he turns up again her sister is ecstatic, finally Coffee Shop girl won’t be trying to figure out how to date losers. Sister proceeds to do everything she can to force them together while keeping another potential suitor away.

Before the ex-boyfriend shows up a sexy playwright comes to town, she’s rude to him, constantly going off and making assumptions, being an artist he loves it. He watches her crazy life unfold and falls for the depressed confused young woman.

More misunderstandings happen, more storming off without the full story, and more voice over singing occurs before our Coffee Shop girl decides that she loves the playwright that wrote about her life behind her back but gave them a happy ending in his story so it’s all right.

I like romance, but this was just too unbelievable for me.

2/5