To All the Boys I've Loved Before ★★

Charming performances and a penchant for Hughesian social ‘stakes’ can’t save this movie from its tepid plot twists. The characters never manage to get a step ahead of the audience, contributing to a tiresome undertow throughout the film. Also it’s egregiously unrealistic about race; despite the fact that it’s led by an Asian actor there’s not an ounce of authentic Asian-ness throughout. It shows that sometimes the cost of representation is that the thing that is represented becomes unrecognizable, or even absent.