When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn't expect to become his friend - or fall for his crush.


Alice Wu


Alice Wu
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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Leah Lewis ... Ellie Chu
Daniel Diemer ... Paul Munsky
Alexxis Lemire ... Aster Flores
Wolfgang Novogratz ... Trig Carson
Collin Chou ... Edwin Chu
Becky Ann Baker ... Mrs. Geselschap
Enrique Murciano ... Deacon Flores
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Father Shanley (as Macintyre Dixon)
Catherine Curtin ... Colleen Munsky
Alec Tincher ... Senior Guy (In Hallway)
Bonnie Flannery ... Senior Girl (In Hallway)
Tyler Crozier ... Truck Teen
Spencer Wawak ... Hangout Dude
Patrick T. Johnson ... Tom Carson
Gabi Samels ... Quaddie Girl #1 (Amber) (as Gabrielle Samels)


A shy, introverted, Chinese-American, straight-A student finds herself helping the school jock woo the girl they both secretly love. In the process, each teaches the other about the nature of love as they find connection in the most unlikely of places. Written by Netflix

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a different kind of love story


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The end credits include a thank you to Mrs. Jeanne Geselschap who was Alice Wu's high school English teacher. She's the inspiration for Becky Ann Baker's character. See more »


As Mrs. Geselschap first talks to Ellie, the distance between Geselschap's drinking mug and her face keeps changing between cameras. See more »


Ellie Chu: Is this really the boldest stroke you can make?
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Features His Girl Friday (1940) See more »


If You Could Read My Mind
Performed and Written by Gordon Lightfoot
Courtesy of Warner Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not a lesbian love story
1 May 2020 | by ellapiispanSee all my reviews

I'm in tears. I went into this movie expecting a lesbian love story after seeing the trailer. One might even say, the romances in the story were the least important. This is a love story, no doubt, but not what you would expect. It is a beautiful story about an unexpected friendship.

What I think the movie did especially well was that there was a really limited number of main characters and they had really put effort into creating the personalities for these characters. Usually characters like Aster (the beautiful love interest) are really vain and the viewer rarely gets to no them. The premise is also amazing in its simplicity - a senior year of high school in a small town.

Moreover, acting, directing, sound music was amazing. There is really nothing I would change. I kept trying to guess the plot subconsiously, but I never guessed right. I think the story wrapped up beautifully, maybe not in the traditional sense of happy ending but in its own way.

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Release Date:

1 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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The Half of It See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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