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Is To All the Boys: Always and Forever Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

Wondering if To All the Boys: Always and Forever on Netflix is ok for kids? To All the Boys 3 is rated TV-14 for language and some talk about sex, but there’s a more mature and serious tone than the first two. Fans of the original To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will want to watch the conclusion of this trilogy. Here’s what parents need to know in this To All the Boys: Always and Forever Parents Guide.

To All the Boys Always and Forever Parents Guide

To All the Boys: Always and Forever Parents Guide

Lara Jean and Peter’s romance is still going strong after all the obstacles they’ve faced. However now that senior year is here, Lara Jean just has to get into Stanford, so she and Peter can stay together. After all he has a scholarship to play lacrosse at Stanford, and this is the plan. However, when she falls in love with another college (and gets rejected to Stanford) , will she and Peter really be able to remain a couple? 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was so good, it made me run out and buy all 3 of Jenny Han’s books. However, the 3rd was my least favorite, so I went in with low expectations. And it had my enjoying myself until the lead up to the end. Read the Parents Guide below to know whether If All the Boys 3 is appropriate for kids. Then read the section after that if you want my rant which does contain spoilers.

Language

Language was light with one use of sh–, one bullsh–, a couple of uses of ‘oh my g-d,” and one Jesus.

Mature Content

There is some sexual content as far as kissing and one scene where characters are making out on a bed and talk about having sex. There is no nudity. 

Another scene shows a couple lying in bed after having sex with sheets wrapped around them. None of the sex was shown.

There are jokes about a boudoir shoot, french kissing, and comparing sex to brisket. One character says that losing your virginity on Prom night is romantic. 

Is To All the Boys 3 Kid Friendly?

Is To All the Boys Always and Forever Appropriate for Kids Under 13? 

Fans of Noah Centineo and Lana Candor will be happy to see their favorite couple onscreen again. They are adorable, charming, and have great chemistry. The end of the trilogy does lack the spark and the magic from the first, but it’s the next logical step. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a jock falls for not-the-most-popular girl, but with a twist. It felt like high school, which is why so many tweens and teens could relate.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever delves a little deeper into love and making life decisions based on a high school boyfriend/girlfriend, and why I’d recommend it for ages 13 and up. If you’re comfortable with some sex talk, then kids younger than that will be fine. 

While I can appreciate the filmmakers wanting Lara Jean to grow up and make her own decisions (I wanted that, too!) not based solely on Peter, all of the important decisions in her life seemed glossed over. There’s a buildup to where is Lara Jean going to go to school? Oh I visited NYC for a day, it was lovely, bam, decision made. Never mind the 3 movies we had to watch while Lara Jean pined over Peter. 

Does Lara Jean lose her virginity to Peter? Spoiler alert below. 

We spend 3 movies watching “relationship goals” (as Lucas puts it), and watch the burn “low and slow” (as Lara Jean puts it) for her and Peter to wait to have sex only to have that moment sort of haphazardly made while her two sisters are home. What?? Sure the moment before it was cute, but even though this is YA lit, you still have some responsibility to young viewers to show them that’s not real life.

There was no talk about protection, Kitty basically gave her sister the go-ahead, and then afterwards Lara Jean and Peter are just lying in bed all snuggly in her bedroom. That’s not how this works. It’s not as easy or glamorous, kids.

I’m thankful it was not a Bridgerton for kids, but I wanted something better for Lara Jean. Nobody does teenage love angst like Lara Jean Covey.

I hate to compare the films, but To All the Boys: Always and Forever lacked the humor, charisma, and originality of the first. Too many holes in the story just left me frustrated. However, will the teen crowd like it? Absolutely.

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