Third and last film in the franchise that won over teen audiences, For All Boys: Now and Forever hits the Netflix catalog this Friday (12). The sequel calls into question the novel by Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). The protagonists need to decide which college they will go to, but will dating be able to resist at a distance if they do not study at the same institution?
[Atenção: este texto contém spoilers do terceiro filme da franquia]
About to start adulthood, Lara Jean leads the life she always dreamed of. On a trip to South Korea, she rescues part of her origins and gets even closer to her father (John Corbett), Trina (Sarayu Rao), her new stepmother, and sisters Margot (Janel Parrish) and Kitty (Anna Cathcart ).
The young woman is already beginning to experience feelings that accompany her throughout the film on the trip: waiting for the answer about enrolling in college and missing Peter.
In high school, the couple agreed to go to Stanford, California, where the boy won a scholarship for his role on the school’s lacrosse team. However, the plans fall apart when Lara Jean is not accepted by the institution.
A new trip, this time an excursion with friends to New York, makes the protagonist start to think about other possibilities for her future. She ends up falling in love with the city and chooses to study at NYU – more than 5,000 kilometers from her family and boyfriend. However, Kavinsky doubts that the relationship will endure the distance.
Then, there is the beginning of an impasse between the couple – quite common in real life in several teen novels -: is it possible to maintain the courtship that started in high school during college? Or is it better to end the relationship soon to avoid further suffering? Lara Jean and Peter need to make this difficult decision.
Lara Jean receives support from the sisters in the film
Lara Jean still has to deal with some changes in the family. That’s because her father asks his neighbor to marry him. Although they like Trina and help plan the ceremony, the protagonist and the sisters fear that the mother’s memory will be put aside.
While reflecting on which path she will take and facing the longing she will feel for her family, the teenager lived by Lana Condor seeks to live intensely the last moments at school. It is then that the maturation of some characters becomes noticeable.
After a lot of friction in the first feature and a frank conversation in the second, Lara Jean finally gets it right with Genevieve (Emilija Baranac). Chris’ cousin (Madeleine Arthur) leaves his ex-boyfriend alone and accepts his relationship with his old childhood friend – and future college buddy.
Peter also doesn’t lag behind in terms of growth. The boy goes over the hatred and hurt he feels for his father (Henry Thomas), who abandoned his family and married another woman, and ends up accepting to give a new chance to their relationship.
Thus, the franchise comes to an end with a plot that can surprise, despite the clichés of the genre. In addition, the romance between Lara Jean and Peter manages to warm the furiest hearts and brings a hint of hope to those disillusioned with love.
The story is based on the books written by Jenny Han, and directed by Michael Fimognari. For All the Boys I’ve Loved (2018) and For All the Boys: PS I Still Love You (2020) are also available on Netflix.
Watch the trailer for the third film: