Some people have no real like of movies that are cheesy. That’s cool, and to be honest, sometimes I understand where they’re coming from. However I love a good turn-off-my-brain-kind-of-weekend-flick and when I use this term, it’s as a compliment since that’s primarily the kind of movie I want.
The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) Netflix Film Review
For years, Elle Evans (Joey King) has been in love with Noah Flynn. Trouble is, her best friend, Lee is Noah’s brother; in their friendship pact, dating Noah is a BIG no-no. However Elle did and despite rocky roads, Elle and Lee are still besties; Elle and Noah (Jacob Elordi) are dating; and added to their tight-knit group is Rachel (Meganne Young), Lee’s girlfriend. Now, unlike her romantic dilemma, Elle now has another choice to make; a choice between Harvard and her boyfriend or Berkley, the school she and Lee (Joel Courtney) made plans around since they were kids. Further troubling is the fact that while Elle tells the boys she’s been waitlisted at both schools, she actually did get in to both.
Now as their last summer all together slips away, Elle has to choose between being with the boy she loves or doing college with the boy who’s been her best friend since they were kids.
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This franchise doesn’t seem to get a lot of love on social media, however it does well enough to trend on Netflix. Or that’s what Netflix tells us. The third film that films back to back with the middle child, The Kissing Booth 3 has good moments, but like many other teen flicks, it suffers from not teaching its characters enough. We start this one with Elle still lying (something she’s already been through) and Lee still being unreasonable (lives change from grade school to college life, goals change, grow up, Lee). It makes it kind of feel as though they aren’t the best of friends we’re asked to believe and certainly not how the actors portray the friendship.
That said, I do think the way the script works out, in the end does allow growth. I respect (more than I realize) that Elle doesn’t go to a certain someone; and appreciate that falling into his arms isn’t her solution. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still able to like the characters, I can just see why some viewers don’t or won’t.
Despite everything, I do enjoy these films. They’re easy watching and when I’m ready to chill, it also means I want to turn my brain off. Is there silly? Sure. But for the most part, I like the interactions and the mostly “normal” moments between Joey and Jacob despite them filming together as real-life exes. Awkward. There’s lots of summer goodness in this film and it releases at the perfect time. We get a lot of beach-y scenes and the production is adorable! Everything about the doodles or polaroid shots help with personality.
If you’re not a fan of ambiguous endings, you likely won’t enjoy The Kissing Booth 3. However if you don’t mind them, and you like the first two films, this is a fun little watch. Plus, while the ending isn’t “concrete,” I think its nuances speak volumes.
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Content: there’s suggestive content including sexual jokes or implications a couple sleeps together, we see one scene of a couple in bed, in underwear, legs entangled. There’s an profanities like sh*t, SOB, the term “eff,” etc. The film is TV-14.
Photos: Netflix / Adoring Joey King (Fansite)