Like Victoria Justice think they all always sing and not just Ariana Grande Butera, I think WE ALL have been sleeping on most of the original movies that Netflix has been producing. So I though it was time to look into what some are considering a hidden gem of the Netflix movies. Pucker up because we’re discussing “The Kissing Booth.”
It’s never great to hear your childhood crush say It’s super gross in your pants.
“The Kissing Booth” was released on Netflix in Spring of 2018. It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Beth Reekles. Directed by Vince Marcello (“Teen Beach Musical” and “Zombie Prom”), the movie stars Joey King (“Ramona and Beezus” and “Oz the Great and Powerful), Joel Courtney (“F The Prom” and “Super 8”), and Jacob Elordi (He’s from Australia, that’s why he’s so hot). Molly Ringwald is also in the movie. The casting in the movie is actually not bad. It’s Jacob’s first big role and the main cast was pretty much just a bunch of unknowns to a certain extent. The acting is rather good. It’s a little bit better than your average teen comedy acting.
The movie follows Elle Evans (Joey) as she has to deal with having a crush on her best friend’s Lee Flynn’s (Joel) older brother, and school heartthrob, Noah Flynn (Jacob). Noah and Elle end up sharing a kiss at Elle and Lee’s Kissing Booth at the school carnival. From there, their relationship starts to take a turn and Elle’s life gets turned upside down. Elle’s relationship with her BFF Lee starts to take a turn as well.
The movie left me with some thoughts. I enjoyed the movie overall. It was adorable while it stuck with the same troupes that once would get with a romantic teen movie. Girl falls for a boy who is she isn’t supposed to. Girl dates the boy and ends up hurting someone in the process. While the tropes are overdone and outdated, the way they did was original. Especially in this day and age when not a lot of things we see isn’t original.
The character development in the film is rather good. You get to know all the characters and their backstory. You can actually see how the relationship forms between the three main characters build and form and why the issues are issues. Not many movies or shows do that anymore. It was refreshing to actually see this unfold.
The one thing that I can’t overlook is the sexist overtones that are there between Noah and Elle. While it does come from a loving place, he was asserting authority over her during. He’s telling people to not date her in a threating manner, standing over her and telling her not to do things, among other things. And yes, I realize that saying “it came from a loving place” is making the behavior okay. But it honestly did if you fully watch the movie. The sexist overtones ended up being part of Noah’s character development and Noah slightly get over them still doesn’t make it okay but he grew throughout the entire film. But again, you can’t overlook it still.
“The Kissing Booth” is an adorable movie that doesn’t just have the girl fall for the boy she shouldn’t but rather does it in an original fashion. The acting is decent from a cast that we really haven’t heard much from. The sexist overtones in the relationship between Noah and Elle are really what hurt the movie. It’s just something you can’t overlook. I recommend the movie, especially if you are just looking for a fun movie to enjoy.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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