Fifth about The Seventh

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: this teenager romantic comedy by Susan Johnson is not trying much more than being cute and feel-good, and in those counts it succeeds. The starting point of the plot is as charming as it’s unlikely, and the story moves predictably enough through the usual genre tropes, but nevertheless manages to have an earnest quality. It’s also very welcome that the film embraces the diversity of its original material (in other times, this could easily just have a few token non-Caucasian characters). Lana Condor and Noah Centineo form a good-looking couple, and their performances are breezy and light-hearted, a good match for the material. Cinematographer Michael Fimognari manages to motivate some color into the film, but it has a simple look and straightforward editing (by Phillip J. Bartell and Joe Klotz, who keep the film moving at a good pace).

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