The Kissing Booth (2018)

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The Kissing Booth is a 2018 romantic comedy film written and directed by Vince Marcello, based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles. It stars Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney and Molly Ringwald. The story is about a Los Angeles teenager named Elle (King) whose prospective romance with bad boy high school senior Noah (Elordi) jeopardizes her lifelong friendship Noah’s younger brother Lee (Courtney).

This film is somewhat cute, but at times it seems like just a typical teen rom-com, nothing original, nothing too exciting. Sure the lead stars all do a really good job in their roles, but that doesn’t make it any better. It doesn’t have a John Hughes (here’s to you Ringwald) feel. He was known for his teen rom-coms and maybe if he were alive, he could have made this film whole lot better.

I didn’t find this film boring, just a bit too typical teen and bit too cutesy. Teens getting drunk, that seen has been done to death, Sixteen Candles, 10 Things I Hate About You, Easy A, etc. An unlikely romance, so overdone, just pick up a Nicholas Sparks book or whatch any film based off his work. The popular “hunk” falling in love with an unpopular and awkward girl, yep, it’s been done sooo many times. Nothing really sets this apart from other teen romantic comedies, except the story of falling in love in a kissing booth. I’m amazed that the book even got published.

I have seen much better teen films than this, ones that weren’t so cutesy and that had more originality. It is so cliched and filled with typical cheesy lines, that come from a bad script and book. It focuses too much on Elle and Noah’s relationship and not enough on her friendship with Lee. There are far too many kissing and making out scenes, that it is like, “Okay, I get it, you’re in love, move on.” I don’t get how this film became so popular, just like the book, there is nothing that makes it spectacular. It is a bit misogynistic and has a rather stereotypical storyline.

Overall, this movie did not fascinate me. It was rather disappointing and a total waste for Netflix, who is known for having some really good original films. Don’t know if I’ll watch the sequel, because it will probably be just as bad as this one. Don’t waste your time with this one. 13+ 2/5

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