It’s a silly teen romance that can be predicted from it’s opening scenes. Fun for some mindless entertainment while scrolling through your phone, but nothing really standout.
Director: Vince Marcello
Screenwriter: Vince Marcello, Jay S Arnold
Starring: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Runtime: 130 Minutes
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Elle Evans (Joey King) just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). But now Noah’s off to Harvard, and Elle’s headed back to high school for her senior year. She’ll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney), and a new friendship with handsome classmate Marco (Taylor Perez). When Noah grows close to a seemingly-perfect college girl, Elle will have to decide how much she trusts him, and just what – and who – her heart truly wants. Director and screenwriter Vince Marcello returns for THE KISSING BOOTH sequel, based on characters from Beth Reekles’ 2012 young adult book – Written by Netflix.
If you have ever read a single Young Adult romance novel, or even if you haven’t, you will know exactly how this is going to play out. Nothing that happens in this film is going to be a surprise, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make for some really cute and fluffy, mindless entertainment for an hour and a half. Just don’t expect to have your socks blown off by amazing plot twists or ground shaking writing. This is pure teenage fluff, pure and simple.
The dialogue, right down to Elle’s humorous narration sound exactly like they jumped off the page of a book. Meaning it is very cheesy, and made up of a lot of things that no-on would ever say, EVER. Especially not teenagers. And I am also pretty sure that high school is literally nothing like this, and no teenagers life is this dramatic. But I suppose if you can suspend belief for the duration of the film those things really become unimportant and this becomes a really sweet story about Elle finding herself, figuring out what and who she wants to be and what is truly important in her life. Just in a really predictable way.
But for a romantic comedy, especially a teen romance, this film runs a little long at two hours and ten minutes. There are definitely places where this could have been edited a bit tighter, and parts that weren’t really essential to the story. I just didn’t think it needed to be that long. The end of the film in particular feel far too drawn out, the solution of the film should not have taken that long to come together.
It also suffers in the same way that a lot od CW shows do, where none of the high school students look like they are young enough to have anything to do with being in high school.
Mindless fun for a girls night in, probably. Something cinematically and narratively profound, definitely not! Watch for a laugh, but otherwise, if mushy romances aren’t your thing, I would skip it.