The Kissing Booth 2: Movie Review

Just from its laughably bad official poster alone, we really had low expectations with "The Kissing Booth 2". But we're actually admitting that we did enjoy it on some level and it wasn't as bad as we anticipated it to be but it's also not the kind of cinema experience that will leave a mark - it was predictable, generic, and ultimately, forgettable and fleeting.

Elle Evans (Joey King) and her boyfriend Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) are struggling to cope with their long distance relationship. Noah is studying in Harvard while Elle goes back to high school for her senior year. She has a very important decision to make soon - getting into her dream college UC Berkeley with her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney) or getting into Harvard and be with Noah in Boston for good. To make the situation even more complicated, she starts an unlikely friendship with her new classmate Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) - who Elle starts to have feelings with. Will Elle choose UC Berkeley or Harvard, Marco or Noah?
We were really surprised when we found out that "The Kissing Booth 2" was more than two hours long. It was unreal that the running time was more akin to a serious drama than a young adult romance comedy film and the film actually tackled a lot of seemingly deep-seeded issues. There's trust, betrayal, envy, and even the topic of money. But the film failed to make the added running time to good use. While the problems our characters face had pretty great premises, the execution was shallow, simple, and predictable. There's really nothing in the film's approach to narrative and character development that isn't out of the ordinary. Admittedly, the film had its fun moments. It's pretty light and wholesome and the humor landed right on the spot in a lot of scenes. It definitely had us smiling and laughing much much more than expected. Acting-wise, there's nothing spectacular but the over-active delivery of the actors was actually infectious. Overall, "The Kissing Booth 2" will be enjoyable if you manage your expectations. It's an upbeat, mindless, shallow romp through teenage life, love, and relationships and that's pretty much about it and nothing more.
Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- it hit the right notes when it came to its humor

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's simple and shallow
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