The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) Review

Director: Vince Marcello

Writers: Beth Reekles, Vince Marcello, Jay S Arnold

Stars: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi

RATING: 2 Stars

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It’s the summer before Elle Evans is set to head off to college, and she has a big decision to make. She can either head off to Harvard with the loved of her life, or stick to her life long plan and go to Berkeley with her best friend. And for some reason we need a nearly 2 hour movie to watch her make this decision.

Sometimes, all the charm and fluff in the world cannot save a film. This is very much one of those films. Adaptions of young adult books have received mixed reviews at best in the past. With most of them being terribly cheesy, fan pandering, money making exercises, with no real heart. And while I did enjoy, for the most part, the first instalment in this trilogy, and could find a few bright spots in the second, this third instalment just prolongs a story that should have ended long ago.

The trials and tribulations of Elle’s love life, are barely enough to fully fill two films. So now we are left with a third film that has barely any plot to speak of outside of watching her agonise over which college she wants to go to, and cringing as she continues to make doe eyes at a guy that is really not good for her and dig herself deeper into a borderline toxic relationship. This is a story that could easily have been condense into just two films, or maybe even just into one, to save us the agony of having to watch all three, without loosing anything

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The acting has never really been top notch in these films, with most of it being that typical teenage melodrama that you would expect in a film like this. And while Joey King is still the one giving it all she’s got in this film, it doesn’t feel like anyone else is giving the same amount of effort.

I am sure these films have their dedicated followers, and somewhere there are a lot of teen girls whose hearts I am breaking. And that’s fine. I am well aware that as a woman in my thirties, I am probably not the intended audience for a film like this. But I cannot look over the blatant cash grabbing opportunity of longing this out into a trilogy that no-one asked for, and then leaving us with quite such a lacklustre ending.

‘The Kissing Booth 3’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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