It’s hard to imagine the first episode of The Kissing Booth was released on Netflix three years ago. With its lovely starring woman and a complex romance at its core, Joey King’s adolescent rom-com triptych captured souls, and now the series is back for one last kiss. We’re here to tell you whether or not it’s worth spending your fair passes on the booths this month.
Secondary school is out, and graduation is just around the corner, but before, there was some major summertime fun to be had. The Flynn popular vacation property is rented by Elle (Joey King), Lee (Joel Courtney), and Noah (Jacob Elordi) for one more month before the family prepares to auction it, and tremendous pranks follow. Elle buries herself in employment, assisting renovate the property for sale, and crossing checks off a bucket list alongside Lee, still conflicted among going Berkeley with BFF Lee and Harvard with lover Noah.
If all of the stress of attempting to fix the most out of their final summertime altogether weren’t enough, Elle and Noah’s joy is shattered when Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), a new volunteer at the nearby waterpark, shows up. While Elle warms up to Marco, Noah actually follows through his politeness and knows he’s still after her. It’s just a question of time until everything finally happens, what with a young romantic drama forming, college being too near for solace, and some major bff melodrama thrown in the mix. Doesn’t that make you long for the days of kissing booths and school fundraisers?
“The Kissing Booth 3” is set in the vacation before Elle and Lee leave for college and takes place primarily at the Flynn family’s beach house. (Does a Southern California house with a beachfront house really need another? Yes, if the film requires a different location.) Elle, Noah, Lee, and Lee’s girlfriend Rachel (Meganne Young) decide to stay united for the summertime. The Flynns (who include Molly Ringwald as the boys’ mother, evoking wonderful high-school films) are relinquishing the vacation home to make room for new construction, and the kids aren’t thrilled about it — hey, metaphorical.
Elle is still undecided about which college to attend (Harvard with Noah? Are you going to Berkeley with Lee? It’s a challenge!) As she tries to make her decision, she’s too preoccupied to connect with anybody important in her life (Noah, Lee, her father, her brother, the list goes on and on). The presence of Noah’s good friend Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) doesn’t help the strange tension with Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), who is still hooked on Elle after the second film. Lee has a new buddy in the form of Ashton (Cameron Scott), whose puppy-dog appeal challenges the pair’s BFF-ship until the tension fades away and Ashton is gone.
The talents were authentic. Joey King, as usual, was fantastic. If we arrange the efforts, Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi come first, second, and third, respectively. Taylor Zakhar Perez, on the other hand, does not earn a spot here since he deserves something greater. To be honest, it’s acceptable and should only be seen if you’re a huge fan of the franchise. As a hold film, though, it is adequate.