P.S. I Still Love You’


On February 12, 2020, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You premiered on Netflix. Yes, that was last year. Valentine’s Day 2020 came just one month before COVID-19 confined us to our homes or forced us to risk our lives to earn money at jobs deemed essential. And on February 12, 2021, one year and a traumatic pandemic later, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Always and Forever, the third film in the trilogy, premiered on Netflix. We pick up where we left off with P.S. I Still Love You, but as we’ve established, it’s been a long year. So, let’s recap what exactly happened in that movie.

Lara Jean and Peter have their first date

The movie opens with the newly official couple going out for their first fancy date. Lara Jean admits it’s actually her first date ever. “I’ve never been a girlfriend before,” she says. “I hope I’m good at it.” Later, they make wishes on lanterns and send them into the sky. They promise not to break each other’s hearts as they write their initials on the lantern.

“How was your first date?” Peter asks Lara Jean as he walks her home. “It was…perfect,” she responds.

Lara Jean and Kitty celebrate Korean New Year and Lara Jean gets a surprise.

At their family’s Korean New Year celebration, Kitty tells their goth cousin Haven about Lara Jean’s attractive boyfriend. “Dude, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I saw a video of him and some girl doing it in a hot tub,” Haven responds. Lara Jean informs Haven that actually, that was her and Peter on their school ski trip. “That’s…cool, actually,” Haven concedes.

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Anna Carthcart and Lana Condor in traditional Korean New Year outfits.

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When the girls get back from the party, Lara Jean finds a response from John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher)—her sixth-grade crush who received one Lara Jean’s letters from the first movie. Lara Jean thought he never got it. In his letter, John Ambrose remembers going to the treehouse with Lara Jean after school and asks why she waited so long to send her letter. She tries to respond to him, but she can’t think of what to say. She shoves the letter ino her desk drawer. “Do I have to tell Peter about this?” she wonders.

At school, she decides to tell Peter about the letter she received from John Ambrose. He wonders if she’s asking for his permission. “No, I just thought it was gonna be strange if I didn’t tell you,” she responds. The awkward moment passes after a kiss.

Lara Jean signs up to volunteer at a senior facility.

Lara Jean follows in the footsteps of her older sister, Margot, and signs up to volunteer at Bellevue Retirement Home, while Peter decides to volunteer with his friends at Oakwood. During the volunteer event, Lara Jean runs into Peter’s ex, Gen, who makes her feel insecure. Gen adds that the restaurant Peter took her to on their first date is a favorite he always took her to. “For every first I was having with Peter, he’d already had…with her,” Lara Jean says in the voiceover.

But she soon forgets her fears once they go on a dream date at a carnival. “One moment things are upside down, but then, like magic, there’s glitter everywhere. And then once it all settles, you’re right back in the fairytale again,” she says.

Meanwhile, Kitty, who has since moved on from meddling in Lara Jean’s love life, begins to think her dad (John Corbett) should get together with the neighbor across the street, Trina (Sarayu Blue).

Once she arrives at Bellevue, Lara Jean meets her sister’s favorite resident, a vibrant woman named Stormy (Holland Taylor), and reunites with John Ambrose. John Ambrose says he promises to bring Lara Jean the letter she wrote him five years ago so she can read it and remember its contents. He has one condition: She has to give it back to him.

Lara Jean is let down on Valentine’s Day.

Lara Jean decorates a Valentine for Peter while Kitty makes a Valentine for Trina, which she addresses from their father.

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Lara Jean (Lana Condor) receives a Valentine’s Day necklace from Peter (Noah Centineo)

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At school, Lara Jean remembers that, the year before, Peter had special a capella groups serenade Gen all day, and she figures he’ll do the same for her. But no serenades come for her. She’s also down about Peter’s “fan club,” the soccer girls who stuff his locker full of Valentines. Her spirits lift later, when Peter gifts her a silver heart necklace and reads her two verses of an Edgar Allen Poe poem. Lara Jean thinks Peter wrote it himself.

Lara Jean and John Ambrose become close again.

Lara Jean reads the letter she wrote John Ambrose when she was 11. In the letter, she recalls going to a Halloween party dressed up as French Toast. She said she felt “lame” until John “walked in as a deviled egg.” She feels embarrassed about what she wrote. Stormy coaches her through it. “I think it’s exciting. You predicted you’d meet again, and here you are.” She tells her stories about her own life and tries to make Lara Jean feel better about hers.

Stormy also breaks it to Laura Jean that the poem Peter read to her was “Annabel Lee,” by Poe, with Lara Jean’s name subbed in. Lara Jean gets anxious again about the life Peter had with Gen. Lara Jean confronts Peter about the poem, and he says he wishes he’d written it, but says “even if I didn’t write it, that’s still how I feel about you, beautiful Lara Jean.”

Lara Jean and John Ambrose plan a sentimental gathering, which gets under Peter’s skin

Lara Jean and John Ambrose decide to plan the “Star Ball” for the seniors at the center after they find piles of discarded decorations in the basement of the center.

Despite all the time they spend together, Lara Jean doesn’t tell John Ambrose that she’s dating Peter. They decide to have a gathering of all their middle school friends, where they plan to uncover the time capsule they buried at their old treehouse hangout.

During the party, Peter gets jealous of John Ambrose, especially when he sees Lara Jean asked John Ambrose to bring the pizza. Peter tries to make John Ambrose uneasy by bringing up his middle-school stutter, and John Ambrose learns that Peter and Lara Jean are dating. The tension grows palpable.

As the Covey family gets ready for their traditional March Thanksgiving, Lara Jean’s dad runs into Trina at the grocery store and invites her over for dinner.

Lara Jean tries to be a supportive girlfriend but learns some information that upsets her.

Lara Jean patches things up with John Ambrose, who was still upset that he didn’t know about her and Peter. Then, she dresses up in a jersey and bows (football-girlfriend tradition) and heads to the football game to support Peter. At the game, her friend Chris shows her a photo of Peter and his ex, Gen, embracing, which makes Lara Jean realize that Peter and Gen are closer than she thought. The night Lara Jean and Peter first kissed on the school ski trip, Peter was on his way to meet Gen at the hot tub, Peter confirms. Lara Jean breaks up with Peter.

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Dance Moms alum Maddie Ziegler as a cheerleader and Lana Condor, as Lara Jean, dressed up for the football game.

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On their aquarium field trip, Lara Jean asks Peter if he wants his silver heart necklace back. He takes it off her neck in front of a dramatic backdrop: the jellyfish exhibit.

But Gen tells her the real truth.

An upset Lara Jean meets Gen at the treehouse. Gen tells her that she only sees Peter as a support for her, because her parents are breaking up and he’s been through something similar. Gen reassures Lara Jean that she is the only one on Peter’s mind. The girls admit that they’d both put their friendship bracelets in the time capsule back in middle school. Lara Jean says she realizes that she and Jen have “jung,” a Korean word meaning they have a connection that will never be severed.

Lara Jean and John Ambrose volunteer at the Star Ball together, where Lara Jean gets a wake-up call about her love life.

On the night of the Star Ball, Stormy gifts Lara Jean an old dress of hers to wear. Lara Jean, still confused about her feelings for John Ambrose, shares a dance with him. John Ambrose reveals that he tried to ask Lara Jean to the sixth-grade dance but he got nervous and went home. Lara Jean tells John that she and Peter have broken up, and they go outside to get some air.

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Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) at the Star Ball.

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They have a snowball fight, make snow angels, and share a kiss in the falling snow. She realizes she doesn’t have feelings for John Ambrose anymore and leaves him standing outside. Stormy comes to comfort Lara Jean, who admits she wanted John “to be someone else” when she kissed him.

“Sometimes you have to kiss the wrong man to know what’s right,” Stormy reasons.

And we get a happily ever after—to be continued!

Lara Jean runs off to find Peter, but he’s waiting for her outside in the snow. He says he remembers she doesn’t like driving in the snow, and he’s there to pick her up. They tell each other they love each other and kiss passionately.

Lara Jean realizes this real-life fairytale is better than the one she’d made up in her head. “I thought I wanted a promise that Peter and I would never hurt each other,” she says. “I wanted something that doesn’t exist. I wanted happily ever after. But I know now that I don’t want to love in half measures. I want it all. And to have it tall, you have to risk it all.” Such is the life of a hopeless romantic!

In the next film, Lara Jean is preparing for college, but something says she won’t be any less starry-eyed about what the future holds.

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How Making Clarice Helped Co-Creator Jenny Lumet Heal


There’s a burst of energy when Clarice co-creator Jenny Lumet hops onto Zoom for our afternoon conversation about her astute new thriller series, inspired by the indelible heroine from The Silence of the Lambs. Donning a bright smile, casual shirt, and sun-kissed hair, the New York native has the glow of someone who’s lived in Los Angeles her entire life—not just the last two years. “I’ve also had, like, nine Diet Cokes, so I’m pretty caffeinated,” she laughs.

Lumet has a lot of joy in her life these days. Hanging behind her are gorgeous black-and-white family photos, including a few of her grandmother, the iconic Lena Horne, and her father, filmmaker Sidney Lumet. Occasionally, we’re interrupted by the sound of one of her children walking up or down the stairs.

Plus, she’s working on what might be her most personal project to date. Nearly 13 years after writing the Oscar-nominated Rachel Getting Marriedand on the heels of serving as a writer and producer of Star Trek: Discovery—Lumet turns her sights to the FBI cadet who famously enlisted the help of an imprisoned cannibal to catch another heinous serial killer. Why? To explore what it was like for a brilliant young woman to navigate the male-dominated industry in the early ‘90s, along with the psychological effects of wading through carnage as part of a daily job.

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Rebecca Breeds in Clarice.

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Lumet fondly remembers first watching Jodie Foster in the now 30-year-old film adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel. “The moment she became my hero was when she got in the elevator at the FBI Academy and was surrounded by all these huge guys,” Lumet says. “I thought, Okay, this is a really brave person. But somehow, I knew she had a lot of stuff she wasn’t saying. She had a lot of secrets.”

After Clarice was stalked by—then finally killed—murderer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs, she “went completely silent,” as Lumet describes it, only to show up seven years later in Harris’s follow-up novel, Hannibal, confronting new dark and twisted villains. “What were those missing years?” Lumet asks. “It’s nice to look for Amelia Earhart. I want to look for Clarice Starling! This is a woman who slays monsters, who reaches into the darkest places and pulls out the humanity and the light and does everything I wish I was brave enough to do.”

“It’s nice to look for Amelia Earhart. I want to look for Clarice Starling!”

While she may not have captured maniacal killers or looked cannibals in the face, Lumet courageously wrote a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter in November 2017 alleging that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons sexually assaulted her back in 1991, the same year The Silence of the Lambs was released in theaters. (Simmons has denied all allegations against him.) It’s why Lumet felt strongly that the new series, set about a year after the film, takes the time to unpack Clarice’s trauma upon her return to the field. In between trying to solve her latest horrifying case, the agent, played by Rebecca Breeds, is often seated in front of a work-mandated therapist in a deeply repressed state as he gently encourages her to open up.

Lumet remembers her own struggles to come forward, and the relief and sisterhood she’s felt since. “After I wrote that letter [in The Hollywood Reporter], a woman reached out to me via email through a friend,” she begins. “She was a person who had been in the same situation, and it was kind of like staring into the sun. At first, I said, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no. I don’t want to see her. I don’t want to talk to her.’”

Lumet pauses for a moment. “It’s funny, whenever I go down this path, I become a little more inarticulate,” she says. “Please forgive me. It’s just the nature of it.” After a beat, she continues. “Finally, I said, ‘Okay,’ and it became an extraordinary relationship. We don’t talk every day. We don’t see each other often. But we send each other a little code over the phone. I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m in the world. Are you in the world?’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m in the world. Are you in the world?’ We let each other know that we’re there.”

Their relationship makes Lumet think about Clarice and Catherine Martin, whom Clarice rescues from Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs, and the unique agony both carry. “They are the only two people who know what that little dog’s claws on the stone of Bill’s floor sounds like, what Bill’s voice sounds like, what Bill’s basement smells like, what that well smells like. A sensory experience, certainly as intense as that, gives you a bond, whether you like it or not. It’s up to each person what they want to do with that bond and their freaking trauma.”

For Lumet, she created Clarice. “Not everybody gets to write a television show. It’s not everybody’s thing,” she says. “But if this can be any kind of demonstration of, I was carrying [trauma] and it was making me silent and suffocated, and then I learned to carry it a different way and I put my energy out into the universe and reconnected, my hope is for people to find that for themselves.”

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Breeds and Devyn A. Tyler in Clarice.

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With Clarice, Lumet also aspires to implement change on the small screen. While the series is set in 1993, when the FBI was almost 90% white, Lumet is intentional about reflecting diversity. Kal Penn plays an agent and Devyn A. Tyler stars as an assistant district attorney and Clarice’s dear friend—and both have their own storylines. The show also works with Color of Change and GLAAD to keep it as conscientious as possible. Transgender advocate and actress Jen Richards was recently cast as a character who will discuss Buffalo Bill’s “complicated legacy.”

“I’m a Black woman and I want to see certain things,” Lumet says simply. It’s clear she’s hyper-aware of her responsibility in entertainment today, on top of creating a “fucking fun and really fucking exciting” show, as she puts it. If there’s any question about that, she adds. “I’m not fucking around. I’m 54 years old, a Black woman, and I’m in the largest arc of history, not technically supposed to be creating a show for CBS television.” She laughs. “Yet here I am.”

And what a journey she’s had. She made her screen debut in her father’s film, Deathtrap, in 1987 (“I’m a straight-up bad actress,” she claims) and worked as a schoolteacher before turning to filmmaking full-time. She revels in being able to continue her family’s long legacy in Hollywood. Jake, her son with ex-husband and actor Bobby Cannavale, is also an actor.

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Lumet with her grandmother, Lena Horne, in 1999.

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“He’s the fifth generation,” Lumet says. “Our family’s been doing this since the Reconstruction, for reals. My grandma’s mom was in the tent shows in the Deep South. My dad’s father was in the Yiddish theater.”

She gets up to show me the photos that, she says, “I keep as my inspirational ones.” There’s one of her mother, Gail Lumet Buckley, an academic who writes books about African American history. She pulls out an image of Horne wearing a turban alongside husband Lennie Hayton. The inscription reads: “Darling, I will save you always. I love you. Signed, me.” Lastly, actor Marlon Brando with her father on the set of The Fugitive Kind. “This is what we’ve been doing forever,” she chuckles. “Look, I’m happy. I’m so looking forward to being 70 years old and descending into turbanhood.”

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Here’s When Every Episode of Will Drop on Disney+


If the fan theory machine churning at full blast is any indication, WandaVision—Marvel’s first serialized foray into the uncharted waters of streaming—is a massive hit. The show siphons the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the adventure, the powers, the Easter eggs) and blends them with the completely original element of all-American sitcoms.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany play a Wanda Maximoff and Vision we haven’t seen before, a suburban couple who specialize in neighborhood talent shows and diaper changing rather than intergalactic warfare. They’re Dick Van Dyke-ified, Full House-ified, charming and happy and almost certainly brainwashed, though by Wanda herself or another big bad remains unclear.

If you’re still trying to catch up, you have some time before spoilers become virtually impossible to avoid. Here’s the rest of the run dates for the season—as well as when that sweet season finale will finally hit. Episodes release around 3 a.m. Eastern Time, so if you’re committed, set your alarm.

Episode 1: “Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience”: Streaming as of January 15

Episode 2: “Don’t Touch That Dial”: Streaming as of Jan. 15

Episode 3: “Now in Color”: Streaming as of Jan. 22

Episode 4: “We Interrupt This Program”: Streaming as of Jan. 29

Episode 5: “On A Very Special Episode…”: Streaming as of Feb. 5

Episode 6: Streaming Feb. 12

Episode 7: Streaming Feb. 19

Episode 8: Streaming Feb. 26

Episode 9: Streaming March 5

And if you’re already mourning the end of WandaVision, we have good news for MCU fans: the second Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, premieres Friday, March 19.

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