Movie Review: The Kissing Booth 2 🎓

Long-distance romance, college dilemma and even a dance competition are some things you can expect in The Kissing Booth 2.

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From left to right: Jacob Elordi, Joey King, Joel Courtney and Meganne Young star in The Kissing Booth 2. CREDIT: Netflix

Shockingly, The Kissing Booth 2 (2020, written and directed by Vince Marcello, based on the Wattpad turned best-selling novel by Beth Reekles) is a much better movie than its predecessor from 2018. Centring on the challenges of a long-distance relationship, The Kissing Booth 2 shows Elle (Joey King) struggling with finding a balance between her friendship with Lee (Joel Courtney), her relationship with Noah (Jacob Elordi) and making a decision for her future.

Although it has a two-hour long runtime, The Kissing Booth 2 accomplished plenty through various montages, a Halloween Homecoming dance, high school graduation ceremony and even a Dance Dance Mania competition. The sequel is definitely a more enjoyable movie than the first one, as audiences are coming back to see characters that they are already familiar with. Additionally, the sequel lacked the overwhelming cringiness that the first movie had, which is a good thing.  

Elordi is devilishly handsome and cute in this sequel. Unlike the absence of his character Noah in the pre-publicity materials, he actually has a good chunk of scenes in this sequel, with his real-life ex-girlfriend and on-screen girlfriend, King. Noah is challenged by a new addition to the cast, Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), who looks way too old to be playing a high school heartthrob. Lee’s on-screen girlfriend Rachel (Meganne Young) also looks way too old to be in a school uniform.  

In terms of character growth, I would say that unlike the sweet and caring persona that one might think Lee would possess, he is actually a terrible boyfriend to Rachel. In fact, his older brother Noah is surprisingly a better boyfriend than he is, despite the playboy shenanigans in the past. And all I have to say about the relationships and friendships depicted in the movie, is that these characters clearly do not communicate, which is infuriating to watch!

As announced during The Kissing Booth 2 Fan Fest on Netflix’s social media last weekend, this franchise is actually getting a Part 3 in 2021 (filmed back-to-back with Part 2), which was totally expected as its sequel does end on a cliffhanger. I do not want to go into specific details of what The Kissing Booth 2 is about because a predictable teenage rom-com like this one, should be enjoyed in its purest form without any spoilers. But if you’re looking for a companion commentary guide to read along while watching the movie, check this article out.

Rating: 3/5

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