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As part of our March-April film issue, we’re setting out to determine the best ever made-in-Vancouver film. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram.
Juno (2007) vs. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
It’s hard to find anyone who hates All the Boys, the delightful Netflix-produced film based on the book of the same name, which tells the story of high-schooler Lara Jean Covey.
The same can’t be said for Juno. For all its obsessive fans and Academy Award prestige, the film has also seen some valid criticism.
But how does the indie blockbuster (sure, an oxymoron, but that’s what it is) stack up against one of the most poignant emblems of the giant machine that is Netflix?
To refresh your memory, here’s how the high-school portion of the bracket began:
Let’s dive into the matchup.
Rotten Tomatoes rating
Juno: 94 percent
To All the Boys: 97 percent
Like we said earlier—To All the Boys is hard to hate. And it benefits here, given that the RT algorithm rewards such efforts. Of course, Juno was universally loved when it came out, too. It’s worth noting that Juno carries a higher average rating from the aggregator than To All the Boys (8.15 to 7.3).
Worldwide box office (USD)
Juno: $232.3 million
To All the Boys: N/A
Juno was an absolute smash at the box office. In fact, it’s one of the bigger successes in modern movie history, having been made for about $7.5 million.
Of course, there’s no way to adequately measure how To All the Boys did because it was released solely on Netflix. All indicators, however, point to it having done extremely well. After all, it’s already spawned a sequel, and the third edition is coming soon to a home theatre near you.
To All The Boys: 8/10
Vancouver plays Charlottesville, Virginia, in To All the Boys, but that city’s Adler High School looks quite a bit like Kerrisale’s Point Grey Secondary.
There’s also the Corner Café in North Vancouver, which goes by the same name in the film, and BCIT’s Aerospace Campus doubling as…an airport?
Meanwhile, Juno surveys snippets of the Lower Mainland, including Dunbar (Juno and Paulie’s houses), Eric Hamber Secondary (Dancing Elk High School) and Surrey, where Mark and Vanessa live.
Juno rolled into this thing as one of the consensus favourites, and while All the Boys is a charming entry, it’s handling things way beyond its maturity level here.