To All the Boys author Jenny Han has cameos in every Netflix movie, but her appearance in Always and Forever is especially flawless.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for To all the boys I fell in love with: always and forever, now streaming on Netflix.
To all the boys that I fell in love with author Jenny Han’s cameo in the first Netflix The film adaptation of his beloved book series is quite amazing. She appears as a teacher accompanying the homecoming dance where Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) dances with Lucas James (Trezzo Mahoro), one of five children who receives an old love letter from her. In the second movie PS I still love youHan plays a teacher again, this time comforting a girl in the cafeteria on Valentine’s Day.
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However, Han’s final cameo in the film series is the most perfect of all. To all the boys I fell in love with: always and forever features a love letter written by Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) to Lara Jean, after a particularly tumultuous prom night ends the breakup, possibly forever. Han appears in a flashback scene that Peter describes in his letter, and it’s absolutely perfect.
At the beginning of the movie, Lara Jean tells Peter that his little sister, Kitty (Anna Cathcart), met a boy at the locks of love in Seoul. She describes it as “such a cute encounter” and he asks her what the term means. This generates a flirty dialogue about what he has learned from watching rom-coms with Lara Jean, and she defines this iconic trope for him.
Like the first two To all the boys films, Always and Forever features many classic romantic comedy tropes, and near the end of the film, it is revealed that Peter and Lara Jean have their own cute encounter, which she apparently forgot about.
In the first movie, it is established that LJ and Peter have known each other since high school, which eliminates the cute aspect of their story. However, in the love letter he writes to Lara Jean in his senior yearbook, Peter reveals that his first memory of LJ is when they met: at a school assembly where he received a special award for his attendance.
The flashback shows Lara Jean sitting across from Peter, her name written on her backpack in bright letters. When she tries to get up to receive her award, her long hair gets caught in her chair, so Peter helps her untangle it. On stage, Director Cho hands Lara Jean her award and smiles proudly as they shake hands. Then Lara Jean returns to her seat.
Director Cho is played by none other than Han. Certainly, Lara Jean and Peter’s cute encounter would have to involve the author who created the characters in the first place, so this casting decision is absolutely perfect. Han also looks genuinely proud and happy on that stage, which is probably not an act. Always and Forever can conclude the To all the boys that I fell in love with film trilogy, but Han’s characters are beloved, as is the author herself. His books and their adaptations have already become modern classics.
Based on the book by Jenny Han, adapted for the screen by Katie Lovejoy and directed by Michael Fimognari, To all the boys I fell in love with: always and forever stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Ross Butler, John Corbett, Sarayu Rao, and Trezzo Mahoro. The movie is now streaming on Netflix.
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