The Kissing Booth movie series is an American teen romantic comedy film. It’s written and directed by Vince Marcello, based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles. The Kissing Booth 1 was released on Netflix on May 11, 2018. And was dubbed a commercial success by the service followed by the sequel, The Kissing Booth 2, which released on July 24, 2020, while the third film, The Kissing Booth 3, is in post-production and is scheduled for a 2021 release.
For those who would rather not engage with the original, a quick recap:
Part 1 follows Elle Evans (Joey King), a Los Angeles teenager who risks her friendship with classmate Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) by falling for his rebellious older brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi). Elle and Lee abide by a set of rules they created as children. One of which is to never date the other’s relatives. They fall out when Lee discovers the illicit romance, leading Noah and Elle to briefly break up. But, eventually, everyone makes peace.
Kissing booth’s sequel was a cut above than second.
In The Kissing Booth 2, The character named Marco(Taylor Perez) comes in while Noah goes faded. And it was undoubtedly one of the sequel’s main selling points. The sequel picks up a lot of energy when Marco embraces what Elle and Lee love so much rather than being the local bad body who’s too cool for Dance Mania or kissing booth fundraisers.
When it came to the moment that mattered, which was the confrontation between Marco and Elle after she kissed him and ran out after winning the Dance Mania competition with him. Even she told him he is not the one. There was no understanding of why that moment would have mattered more to Marco than to Elle or bringing that to the fore. In fact, after ghosting him for days, all that Elle had to tell him was this and even her apology was so rushed. It made Marco a plot device for Elle and Noah’s relationship to be tested.
Whereas The Kissing Booth ends with clarity and Elle’s decision to pursue a romance with Noah . The sequel concludes with a major cliff-hanger and that is a genuinely great choice. If the sequel is watchable, viewers have Elle to thank. The film clocks in at 132 minutes, which is unnecessary, especially given the second-hand embarrassment viewers must endure. Even so understandable for Netflix.