Review: ‘Kissing’ sequel sets bad example
One Star out of Five
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
One out of five stars
Netflix released the sequel to its film “The Kissing Booth” on Friday, July 24. The sequel, “The Kissing Booth 2,” came two years after the first movie was released in 2018.
Joey King returns as Elle Evans. Joel Courtney is back as Lee Flynn, Elle’s lifelong best friend. And Jacob Elordi returns as Noah Flynn, Noah’s brother and Elle’s boyfriend.
The sequel picks up where the first movie left off, with Noah moving away to Harvard University for his freshman year of college and agreeing to continue his relationship with Elle on a long-distance basis.
The sequel features a few new faces. Taylor Zakhar Perez plays Marco Pena, a transfer student and Elle’s eventual love interest. Maisie Richardson-Sellers stars as Chloe, Noah’s new friend from Harvard.
Elle and Lee are starting their senior year of high school across the country in California.
Elle spends a large amount of time with Lee and his girlfriend Rachel to compensate for the loneliness she feels from missing Noah. Rachel can’t help but feel as though Elle is intruding on her time with her boyfriend.
Lee and Elle are in charge of running the homecoming charity fair kissing booth for the second year in a row. The booth was extremely popular among the students the previous year and has a highly anticipated return.
The pair enlist Marco to be a “kisser” at the booth, as their classmates are obsessed with Marco and his good looks.
Meanwhile, Marco, who is also a talented dancer, helps Elle practice for a dance game competition.
The contest has a cash prize and Elle is desperate to win the money for college after Noah asks her to apply to schools in Boston to be closer to him. This, despite her lifelong dream of attending UC Berkeley with Lee.
After a trip to Boston to visit Noah leaves Elle heart-broken and conflicted, the movie spirals out of control as the characters continue to spin a ridiculous web of lies in order to protect one another’s feelings.
Aside from its incredibly unrealistic plot lines, the film encourages toxic behavior.
Noah claims he is lying to Elle to prevent her from feeling jealous and yet, she ends up jealous anyways. Additionally, expecting Elle to give up Berkeley and follow him to Harvard is unfair.
Instead of communicating Rachel’s concerns with Elle, Lee avoids the confrontation altogether by lying to them. His behavior upsets both girls in the end.
After applying to multiple east coast schools, Elle fails to tell her best friend, even though she and Lee have talked about going to college together since they were kids.
It’s all ridiculous and unrealistic.
Netflix announced that a third movie in the series has been filmed and is set to release next year.
“The Kissing Booth 2” can be streamed on Netflix at your own risk.