Song of the Day #3,715: ‘You & I’ – Twinsmith

If you drew a venn diagram of the first two movies I wrote about this week, with Crazy Rich Asians in the “romantic comedies with an Asian-American lead actress” circle and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in the “NetFlix Original films with long titles” circle, the overlap is where you’d find today’s featured film: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

NetFlix has stepped up its game in the rom-com genre, with Set It Up earning strong reviews earlier this year, The Kissing Booth emerging as an unexpected favorite, and now this adaptation of a 2014 YA novel by Jenny Han, easily the best of the bunch.

I won’t get into the plot, which involves inadvertently revealed crushes, a fake romance turned real, mean girls, nice sisters, and a goofily caring dad. Lana Condor is charming and funny in the lead role, and Noah Centineo (channeling a young Mark Ruffalo) has won the hearts of teen girls everywhere as the main love interest. Centineo, incidentally, grew up in my town of Boynton Beach, Florida, much to my daughters’ delight and dismay.

I don’t want to harp on the “representation” angle, and to the movie’s credit, it doesn’t either. But it is definitely refreshing to see an Asian-American actress in the lead of a popular romantic comedy (twice in the same week, no less, given the blockbuster success of Crazy Rich Asians).

This one is particularly satisfying because the racial identity of its lead really doesn’t matter to the story, but it does provide nice detail (such as a Korean yogurt drink over which the characters bond or a discussion of the racist depiction of Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles). It’s a subtle but meaningful distinction from “color blind” casting.

Centineo will appear in another NetFlix Original teen movie debuting this Friday. Sierra Burgess is a Loser is a Cyrano de Bergerac tale updated for the modern age. My family is excited to see it, and I’m excited that NetFlix is in the movie game in such a big and enjoyable way.

You & I both know that we disagree
Commonly over something we disguise
There is nothing more, between what’s seen
Current emotions get the best of meYou know I love you babe
Whenever it hurts it seems to all just go away
You know I love you babe
Whenever its gone its seems to all just find a place

Im calling it out when it feels just right
There is no fear breaking down on me
Constant questions of what we know
Holding the piece that gets the best of me

You know I love you babe
Whenever it hurts it seems to all just go away
You know I love you babe
Whenever it’s gone it seems to all just find a place
It all just goes away

You know I love you babe
You know I love you babe
You know I love you babe

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,715: ‘You & I’ – Twinsmith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Amy was so motivated to watch this movie that she actually figured out how to connect our Netflix account to our xfinity box. She normally doesn’t touch the remotes, and we have always watched Netflix through Apple TV. I wasn’t around, so I didn’t see the movie, and then she watched it a second time with Daniel while I was working. She claims, however, that it probably isn’t a movie I would like so much. At this point, unless the family wants to sit through the movie again, I suspect I’ll never find out.

  2. Amy says:

    We’ll likely see it again. :). Not to harp on the “representation matters” theme, but it does! I just learned that Jenny Han’s book was offered film adaptations before Netflix, but each time the studio insisted on changing the lead character’s racial identity. After listening to a radio interview over the weekend with the filmmaker behind Searching, where he discussed why it was essential to him that the central family be Asian, and, ideally, the father portrayed by John Cho, I appreciated all the more those studios that recognize why such decisions are so important. Loved this little movie and all of its charms. Just delightful.

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    It sounds delightful 😊

  4. Maddie says:

    Such a sweet and fun movie. 🙂 It’s definitely nice to see so many really great quality Rom Coms coming out this year.

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