In 2018, “The Kissing Booth” streamed on Netflix. It was critically panned by critics and streamers alike. Regardless of bad reception, a sequel streamed in 2020. Like its predecessor, the sequel received negative reviews from critics and streamers alike. A third and final installment will stream on August 11th, 2021 one week after James Gunn’s highly anticipated “The Suicide Squad.”
Besides “The Kissing Booth 3,” Joey King (one of my favorite actresses) will co-star in “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt, Aaron-Taylor Johnson & Sandra Bullock. David Leitch (the John Wick series, Atomic Blonde, Mr. Nobody) will direct the film. Jacob Elordi will reprise his role as Nate on HBO’s upcoming second season of “Euphoria.”
This review contains SPOILERS. Keep in mind, this isn’t an epic three hour plus movie like “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Just a small stakes teen rom-com. Is The Kissing Booth 2 a pooper? Let’s find out shall we?
Beautiful & Ugly Aspects
Beautiful: Joey King, Jacob Elordi & Joel Courtney reprise their roles and they all did a decent job for their respective performances.
Chemistry between Elle, Noah & Lee serve as the main highlight. Their interactions move the story forward.
Some of the jokes managed to give me a chuckle.
Cinematography didn’t suffer from any technical issues.
Picking up where the first film left off, Elle is prepping up to go to college. She managed to reconcile with her best friend Lee and she misses her boyfriend Noah who’s at Harvard. In order to gain money, she enlists Lee in a “Dance Dance Revolution” contest in the hopes of attending Harvard with Noah.
Thanks to Character Development, Noah really cares for Elle. In the words of OutKast’s song “Ms. Jackson, “Forever, forever ever, forever ever?”
Bloopers/Extra Scenes are shown during The End Credits. I find them way better than the actual movie.
Molly Ringwald has a small role as Lee & Noah’s mom. Her career is in the sewage since The 90s. She was also in that god awful “Jem And The Holograms.” Oh how the mighty have fallen!
Ugly: I didn’t care about Lee & Rachel’s chemistry. I actually give a crud about Elle & Noah’s relationship.
A Plot Hole involving why Elle didn’t tell Lee she’s feeling conflicted about her decision to go to Harvard or Berkley. She didn’t learn her lesson from the first movie not to keep secrets from her best friend. Redoing the same conflict all over again.
Marco didn’t seem like a big threat. He’s not intimidating like Noah. I don’t remember Marco’s personality. Best way describing him in one word. “Meh.” Raven (my childhood crush) from the original “Teen Titans” cartoon has more personality than him.
A Second Plot Hole involving why Elle didn’t ask Noah if she has the hots for Rachel. If you’re in a committed relationship, you have to be honest with your soulmate. Ulrich & Yumi from “Code Lyoko” have a legit relationship than those nincompoops.
Throughout the movie, Elle constantly makes mistakes jeopardizing her friendship with Lee and her relationship with Noah. She’s not being honest, she’s a pathological liar. Again, Elle never learned her lesson not to lie. Elle unintentionally became the villain. It’s as if Rian Johnson wrote the script. I will never forgive him for what he did to Luke Skywalker in “The Last Jedi.” And I thought Ellie’s characterization in “The Last Of Us Part II” was horrifically bad.
Like the first film, a “We Are Done” cliché happened. I find this trope predictable. In most rom-com or buddy cop films, you know two people or more are gonna put aside their differences and move on.
Running time is over two hours long. It’s not an epic comedy like “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World.” Who directed The Kissing Booth 2, Judd Apatow? His movies are notoriously over two hour long. Does his disappointing dramedy “Funny People” ring any bells?
Product Placement (Pee Pee for short) featuring brands such as Apple, Instagram, Google, Coca-Cola, American Airlines & LG TV.
The Final Verdict: D, FOR CARDI B’s DOO DOO!
In my opinion, The Kissing Booth 2 is a pooper. Not as good as the first film. A forgettable sequel lacking a cohesive narrative, poor characterization and a nonsensical plot that could’ve been solved in a shorter duration. If you wanna refresh your memory before The Kissing Booth 3 streams this August, so be it. I’m most looking forward to Bullet Train & Euphoria’s second season.