As Jackie DeShannon’s hit 1965 song says, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Another remedy for troubling times? Feel-good movies. And there’s no shortage of offerings on Netflix right now, including “Set It Up,” “Always Be My Maybe,” “The Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The latter, released to much fanfare in 2018, is adapted from Jenny Han’s bestselling 2014 young adult novel of the same name and tells the story of lovelorn highschooler Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), who fakes a relationship with fellow student/lacrosse king Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) in order to take the attention off a series of secret love letters she once wrote that accidentally got sent to five of her former crushes. Over the course of the faux affair, the two, of course, fall in love IRL.
Though the set-up is nothing original, audiences ate the flick up with a spoon! Of the 11 romantic comedies released by Netflix as part of its Summer of Love promotion that year, “To All the Boys” ranked as “one of the most viewed original films ever with strong repeat viewing,” according to Variety. That is largely thanks to the production’s stellar ensemble cast, the undeniable chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter, the heartwarmingly funny script and the utterly charming backdrop. Set in the fictional town of Greenpoint, Oregon, said to be situated somewhere outside of Portland, filming actually took place in Vancouver, British Columbia and its environs.
Lara Jean and Peter’s neighborhood hangout Corner Café, which played itself in the movie, could formerly be found at 1490 Pemberton Ave. in North Vancouver, but it shuttered in 2019 and the redesigned Douce Diner subsequently opened in its place. “Adler High,” the school at the center of the story, is actually Point Grey Secondary, an oft-filmed spot that also appeared in the 2006 comedy “She’s the Man” and the CW series “Riverdale.” Fun fact – both Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg attended the school and not only wrote their hit 2007 comedy “Superbad” based on their time there but named their production company Point Grey Pictures in honor of the place.