To all the movies Netflix plagiarized before


Netflix continues to flood its streaming platform with its so-called original content. Company-produced films, such as “Swiped,” “The Kissing Booth,” “Falling Inn Love,” “Tall Girl,” etc., plaster the Netflix homepage, leaving little room for unique and classic cinema.

This past summer, Netflix announced the release of a sequel to the fan favorite film, “To All the Boys I Loved Before.” For all its appraisal, the movie lacks the fundamental components in an entertaining narrative. In this high school romance, “quirky” junior Lara Jean Covey fantasizes over confessing her love to her longtime friend and sister’s boyfriend, Josh Sanderson.

In “27 Dresses” fashion, Lara Jean contains all her romantic feelings and stands miserably on the sidelines as her sister dates the man she loves. And just as in “27 Dresses,” and “The Ugly Truth,” and “My Fake Fiance,” and “Clueless,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and — I could go on, Lara Jean’s mission to claim the heart of her initial love interest leads her to find her true perfect match in someone else.

In watching this film, viewers experience romcom’s greatest hits of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s in a condensed 99 minutes, so there is no point in seeing those movies. So long as Netflix slaps the “Netflix Original” label on the film, it seems as if the audience does not care about a rehashed plot told countless times in numerous ways. Or maybe they do. The average layman pursuing Netflix on a Friday night seeks familiarity and mindless entertainment. Nothing new. Nothing remotely cerebral.

“To All the Boys I Loved Before” resurfaces those nostalgic memories from the movies it plagiarized, leaving the viewers ignorantly enthralled by the recycled tales. They write a glowing review on IMDb, instantly forget everything about the movie, and a year later, when a similar “original” with another teenage girl on the cover pops up on their recommended, the cycle repeats. Netflix deems comfort as the new form of entertainment, yet society has not lost interest in the invigorating thrill of exploring unique controversial, outspoken issues.

This being said, one has to wonder when this “original” content will start respecting the viewer’s intelligence and start producing unique films.