Review: The Kissing Booth 2

Sophie Hicks discusses if the latest Netflix sequel fares better than the original

Sophie Hicks
28th July 2020

Netflix has already announced that next year The Kissing Booth 3 will be released, but is the Kissing Booth 2 worth your time? Probably not, no. Unless you hate yourself, I guess.

To say I was excited for this film would be a gross understatement. Is The Kissing Booth (2018) itself good? No, it's borderline unwatchable. However, for me, that's the appeal. I understand why people would genuinely like it, it's a feel-good love story with quirky pre-teen humour. However, the script is so poorly written and everyone speaks so unnaturally that it's hard for me to get through. So naturally, I watched the first film twice.

If you're unaware of the first The Kissing Booth, you were probably living under a rock in 2018. Elle (Joey King) falls for Noah (Jacob Elordi) - her best friend's brother - and they kiss at, you've guessed it, the kissing booth. However, her best friend, Lee (Joel Courtney), disapproves of them being together. Okay, you're caught up on the first film.

Her emotions are conflicted in a classic love triangle within a Dance Dance Revolution competition sub-plot

So, incoming number 2. Noah has moved away to college, and Elle struggles to have a long-distance relationship when she gets paranoid that Noah is cheating on her with his pretty female friend, Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). Because of course, men and women just can't be friends apparently. So naturally, as these kinds of films go, a new 'hottie' called Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) moves to Elle's school, and her emotions are conflicted in a classic love triangle within a Dance Dance Revolution competition sub-plot.

Image: IMDb

Firstly, I would like to say this film is long. It's about 2 hours 10 minutes (without the credits). However, is it better than the first film? I'd say yes. It still isn't good, but there's less cringe-worthy montages and deals with more intense issues, such as overbearing friends taking away time from your relationship and the struggles of long-distance relationships. Oh, and Marco is a great addition and is easily the most wholesome character in the series, who deserves nothing but the best.

This film made all the other characters better except Elle, who is the literal worst. Noah can do so much better. Elle is genuinely insufferable in this movie because she refuses to just trust her boyfriend, who keeps reassuring her that he loves her.

I guess if I rate the first film a 1/5, this has to be a 2/5 because it is better, but not by tons. If anything, the extra star is because Noah finally got a haircut and he looks significantly better.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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