The time is here, the sequel fans (lobbied?) can now enjoy is The Kissing Booth 2. There’s ups and downs, but I’m now all ready to chat up this sequel after staying up late one night to watch the 2+ hour long (this is long for a YA rom-com, right?) film. First, let’s meet the players and learn what this one is about.
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The summer after Elle Evans (Joey King) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Eldori) admit they’re crushing on each other is the most magical Elle knows. But now, nearly a month after their magical summer, Noah is gone off to Harvard while Elle and her bestie, Lee (Joel Courtney), who also happens to be Noah’s little brother, have their final year of high school to complete. Along with their posse of friends, the twosome prepares to put into this school year all the good memories!
But, life changes things. Given the distance, Noah and Elle slowly drift apart amidst misunderstandings; Lee finds himself trying to choose between his best friend, and Rachel (Meganne Young), his girlfriend; Elle has a big choice to make about what comes next; and then there is Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the new guy at school, who also happens to have a thing for Elle.
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Inspired by the novel by Beth Reekles (Going the Distance), one thing the book does well is Elle. I appreciate the POV that is Elle so much. For ONCE, we meet a teen girl who isn’t WISHY-WASHY in the America Singer kind of way. Is she confused? Of course. But I don’t feel that same annoyance with her that so many of the YA heroine’s feelings inspire. In this interpretation of the story (the film), Elle is more unsure of her feelings, and it’s a bit annoying, but it doesn’t rise to the level of some of its peers. When she says Noah is her guy, I believe her, and so that makes the way the story plays out all the more authentic.
This script chances some things like who Levi (book) is (here we have Marcus), and Lee’s status as a sports player. There’s also differences in the “catalyst” of so many things (like how something happens, when it does), but for the most part both the book and film keep things similar and you have the same reactions or feelings. The greatest flaw of the film is that Elle never learns not to lie to those she loves.
The cast is all suitable for their respective roles, and like any Netflix rom-com, there’s some sweet moments. As usual, Lee and Elle are adorable as besties. There’s some good moments and bad, but flaws and all, the romance is still cuute. Although given that I saw a headline advocating against this ship, perhaps that’s only me who thinks so. No matter what, I’m sticking to this, and will tell you, I’ll be crushed if the third film (which is set to debut in 2021) ends any other way.
In the end, I’m going to straight up admit it, I really like this movie. Is it perfect? No! But it’s really fun and cute, and I’m here for this.
Your turn now. Tell me, did you watch this or The Kissing Booth (movie one) on Netflix? Comment all of your The Kissing Booth thoughts, theories (on the third movie) or opinions. I’d love to chat with you.
Content: There’s some profanity, and a scene of sensuality as two people undress one another. The film is TV-14.