To All the Boys: Always and Forever Parent Guide
Underneath the cheesiness, this is a well-made, well-acted, relatable movie with heart.
Parent Movie Review
It’s senior year for Lara Jean (Lana Candor) and Peter (Noah Centineo), which means college applications, senior trip, and prom. The couple are planning to attend Stanford together, but their plan falls apart when Lara Jean’s application gets rejected. Navigating the possibility of a long-distance relationship, the pair do their best to enjoy their last year of high school before stepping into the unknowns of adulthood.
I actually enjoyed the first installment in this series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is saying a lot because I usually cannot stand teen romance flicks. I missed out on the sequel, but my memories of the first one gave me enough context to get right into the third movie. The theme of the film, the uncertainty of leaving high school and all the hard choices that come with that, is highly relatable and well done. The story perfectly captures the anxiety around making huge decisions about college, relationships, and leaving home. I think that teens entering this stage of life, or young adults who have recently left it, will find a lot to relate to and learn from. There’s also a side plot about Peter’s estranged father trying to reconnect with him, which is emotional and well told while not veering into saccharine after-school special territory. The two plots make a neat parallel with the overarching message that if you love someone you will do whatever it takes to be there for them.
Look, it’s a teen romance story. There’s going to be cheesy antics and cringy moments; that just comes with the territory. If you’re prepared for that, Always and Forever is a well-made, well-acted, and relatable movie with heart. Peter is a little too perfect as a boyfriend, which makes him feel slightly more than human, but I assume that’s done on purpose to keep up the romance fantasy.
As far as content concerns go, this film is relatively clean in most aspects. The sexual content is not the focus, but it is there, and whether that is a deal breaker for you or not is going to be a personal decision. There is a single scene of non-explicit sex involving mature teens. Consent is clear and the young people are in a stable relationship, but contraception is never discussed. The storyline also features a strong implication that teens need to lose their virginity before leaving for college. If you’re unhappy about this message, this can be one of those turning-lemons-into-lemonade media moments if it becomes a catalyst for talking about sexual ethics with your teenager. That all said, I don’t recommend this film for kids or tweens, but I think that older teens will find a lot to relate to, and adults just might too.Directed by Michael Fimongari. Starring Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, and Lana Condor. Running time: 109 minutes. Theatrical release February 12, 2021. Updated February 13, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is To All the Boys: Always and Forever rated TV-14? To All the Boys: Always and Forever is rated TV-14 by the MPAA
Sexual Content: A teen couple kiss, cuddle, and hold hands throughout. Discussions about losing virginity. A teen couple kiss in bed, she reaches for his waistband, but he stops her. A teen couple have sex, the scene is brief, and no nudity or movements are seen, but it is obvious what has happened.
Profanity: Liberal use of terms of deity, two mild expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A teen says that a group of adults are “getting wasted”, but this isn’t shown.
Page last updated February 13, 2021
To All the Boys: Always and Forever Parents' Guide
What are some of the big decisions that Lara Jean, Peter, and other characters have to make in their last year of high school? Where can you find information about different colleges or other postsecondary institutions in your area?
What are Peter’s feelings towards his father? Why does Peter have a hard time forgiving his father for leaving his mom?
Related home video titles:
The Kissing Booth 2 navigates many of the same issues with Elle in her senior year as her boyfriend goes off to college. This film, unfortunately, comes with more sexual content.
For a more family-friendly look at the transitions of 12th grade, try High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Gabriela and Troy are going to different universities, so they do their best to hang on to their relationship in their senior year.
In The Sun Is Also a Star, Daniel bets a young woman he’s just met that he can make her fall in love with him in 24 hours. What he doesn’t know is that her family is being deported on the next day.