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The Kissing Booth 2018 English Comedy Movie Review

The Kissing Booth

Srijita Biswas Featured Writer Thumbnail
2.5 Star popcorn reviewss

Growing up, we have all gone through organizing and attending fundraisers. While our fundraisers only had a cultural program, a few fun games, a stuff, old (pardon me for this one) chief guests, soggy food and maybe a cookie or two. Here, things go on to the next level. The school went all out with its fundraiser. And no points for guessing what the main attraction there. The stuffy chief guest, obviously! Well, just kidding! It obviously is “The Kissing Booth”!

Based on the 2012 best-selling novel by Beth Reekles of the same name, the story revolves around best friends Rochelle “Elle” Evans (Joey King), Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) and Lee’s elder brother Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). Elle and Lee’s best friendship are governed by a set of rules they wrote and stuck to, since childhood. These rules have helped them maintain their friendship. But all hell breaks loose when Elle breaks a rule. Spoiler Alert! She falls in love with Lee’s brother, Noah (whoops, a big no-no).

Elle’s crush, Noah’s bad boy behaviour, stunning locations in South Africa, their sneaking around, the “rules”, the school gossip all come together to deliver the perfect teenage romcom. So what makes this different from any other romcom? It even has Molly Ringwald in it! But jokes apart, the movie is based on a short sweet romance. I had the chance of reading it, back when it was still on Wattpad! So here comes the fun fact, The Kissing Booth was published originally in Wattpad. An excerpt of the book is still available there, in case you are wondering.

Jacob Elordi shines in his role as the classic bad boy who tries to change his ways after meeting the love of his life. The plot is predictable. However, the chemistry between the actors kept it alive. Exceptionally beautiful sceneries, a private school, classic stereotyped teenagers carried the movie forward.

I, for one, am not very huge on this movie. To the fans, I apologise if I come off as too brash. This movie is good enough for a one time watch. And in case you are wondering, there is a lot of drool-worthy sequences (pardon my vocabulary). If you are a fan of the genre, this is a decent watch. Then end, although gives you a sense of completion, it also makes you want for more. Which is where we come in with the second and now I hear a third one as well! I won’t stop you from watching this predictable debacle but when it ends I will happily remind you, “I told you so!”

Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.

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