I wish someone would have told me that this movie was originally a book because I would’ve been nose deep in it. This movie was such a beautiful breath of fresh air and I am still reeling over how happy it made my insides feel. To start off, the casting couldn’t have been better. There wasn’t a moment that I wasn’t smiling over the chemistry of Olly and Maddy. I’ve even gone so far as to search interviews of these two after the movie because I can’t get enough of them. Half of the movie I was hitting my sister and squealing because everything (everything) about this movie was so pure and real. What I loved about the film is that it portrayed love in all of its cheesy awkwardness. I cringed as the characters sat silently next to each other trying to figure out a way to express their feelings without being crushed by the fear of embarrassment or not living up to the other’s expectations.
Another thing that’s really exciting about this film is that the main character is black. Even though it stinks that I even have to say it, it’s such a huge accomplishment. This is one of very few movies I’ve seen, and a LOVE story especially, where the main character is of the minority. However, what makes it even better is that the interracial relationship is never outwardly discussed. No one comments on their race and the characters don’t try and make an awkward joke about how they’re “different” as some might say. They are just two people who fall in love and that is all that matters.
If you’re looking for a super cheesy romance that takes you back to your awkward teen days and the first feelings of falling in love then I highly recommend this film. I want to stress though not to take it so seriously or you may not enjoy it. Love it for its pureness and its representation of the greatest feeling in the world.