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The Kissing Booth (2018)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 2018 (USA)
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A high school student is forced to confront her secret crush at a kissing booth.

Director:

Vince Marcello

Writers:

Vince Marcello (screenplay), Beth Reekles (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan du Plessis Megan du Plessis ... Shelly 'Elle' Evans (Age 4)
Lincoln Pearson Lincoln Pearson ... Lee Flynn (Age 4)
Caitlyn de Abrue Caitlyn de Abrue ... Shelly 'Elle' Evans (Age 7)
Jack Fokkens Jack Fokkens ... Lee Flynn (Age 7)
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Mike Evans
Chloe Williams Chloe Williams ... Joni Evans
Michael Miccoli Michael Miccoli ... Noah Flynn (Age 9)
Juliet Blacher Juliet Blacher ... Shelly 'Elle' Evans (Age 11)
Jesse Rowan-Goldberg Jesse Rowan-Goldberg ... Lee Flynn (Age 11)
Chase Dallas Chase Dallas ... Noah Flynn (Age 13)
Joey King ... Shelly 'Elle' Evans
Joel Courtney ... Lee Flynn
Jacob Elordi ... Noah Flynn
Carson White ... Brad Evans
Hilton Pelser Hilton Pelser ... Barry
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Storyline

When Elle Evans (Joey King), a pretty, late-bloomer who's never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school's Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush- the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). Sparks fly, but there's one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, (Joel Courtney) and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle's life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart. Based on Beth Reekle's self-published coming-of-age novel that became an international sensation, THE KISSING BOOTH is a Netflix Film, written and directed by Vince Marcello. Written by YourBiggestFan

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She can tell her best friend anything. Except this one thing.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Komixx Entertainment See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book Noah reads in the library while texting with Elle is a Penguin Classics mass-market paperback edition of Donald Adamson's English translation of The Black Sheep, from Honoré de Balzac's French novel, La Rabouilleuse. See more »

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The movie is supposed to take place in Los Angeles, but when Noah is driving Elle home from the beach, a sign reading 17c is visible, which represents 17 degrees Celsius. Fahrenheit is used in the U.S. See more »

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Shelly 'Elle' Evans: Is my butt too big? Am I some sort of freak or something?
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References Black Swan (2010) See more »

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Don't You (Forget About Me)
Written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff (as Steve W. Schiff)
Performed by Greg Camp
[Prom attendees view the schoolyear memories photos]
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Littered with Cliches and Teenage Delusion
19 May 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

As I watched, I kept thinking that this movie had a very limited target audience. High school kids would likely relate to this, especially high school girls. Anyone older than that, would see the absurdity of everything going on and ask, "WTF?" The Kissing Booth is the story of two high school best friends, Lee and Shelly (Joel Courtney and Joey King). They love to dance, according to the opening narration. This comes up later in the movie in a way that's supposed to be significant and touching, but it's actually lame and eyeroll-worthy.

The pals share an agreed upon list of friendship rules that come up sporadically throughout the story. Most of them are silly, the sort of rules you would expect from kids who are six, not 16. Rule number one is "you tell each other your birthday wishes." Really, that's rule number one? That's the first and most important rule of friendship? That's the level of ridiculousness this movie purports.

One day, Shelly and Lee need to create a fundraiser for a school club and decide to set up a kissing booth. All the girls want to kiss Lee's hunky older brother Noah (Jacob Elordi), all the girls including Shelly, who has developed a crush.

As luck would have it, Noah also has feelings for Shelly, so he finagles his way into sharing a lip lock with her at the kissing booth. Their feelings for each other become clear, but, oh no, the friends have a rule against dating each other's family! Shelly and Noah must hook up in secret.

Cue the predictable montages of the two lovebirds as they narrowly avoid getting caught by Lee and many others. It's hard to watch. Not only is it a painfully obvious and cliché storytelling tactic, it feels icky watching high school kids hook up over and over again. These aren't even the only moments that feel exploitative.

Many scenes sexually exploit Shelly, as crowds of guys ogle her and cheer her on as she strips in the boys locker room and again later while drunk at a party. Like I said, icky.

For some reason, there always seems to be a crowd cheering, oohing and awing at nearly every moment, which is clearly ridiculous. It's the sort of thing that only makes sense in a high school kid's fantasy. They're so self-conscious, even narcissistic, that they constantly feel that their every move is on display for the world. In this movie, that is depicted literally.

Not so coincidentally, the movie is based on a book that was written by a girl at age 15. That explains so much. Now I understand why the movie suggests that kissing is the most important thing in the world. It implies that the kissing booth changed all their lives forever, which, again, is the sort of thing that only makes sense in a high school kid's fantasy.

Of course, learning that the story was written by a 15-year-old, does not excuse all its flaws. The movie is still mostly awful, littered with plot holes and logical blunders.

This movie could be perfect for a high school date night, but that's about it. It's not a good movie. I would advise anyone over the age of 18 to give this a hard pass.


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