The Kissing Booth 3 concludes the trilogy that began in 2018 and continued with The Kissing Booth 2 in 2020. Based on Beth Reekles’s novels. Netflix’s romantic comedy franchise has followed the ups and downs of the teenager’s life and love. As she juggles a new relationship and her old friendship.
Vince Marcello returns to direct the third film from a script he co-wrote with Jay Arnold, co-writer of Kissing Booth 2. The Kissing Booth 3 is bloated and overcomplicated, but it gives some light summer entertainment as the conclusion to Netflix’s teen rom-com trilogy.
The Kissing Booth 3: Plot
Continuing where The Kissing Booth 2 left off. With Elle accepted to both Harvard and Berkeley and was forced to choose between her boyfriend and her best friend.
The Kissing Booth 3 takes a detour, sending the trio on a road trip with Lee’s girlfriend Rachel (Meganne Young). Elle eventually decides to attend Harvard with Noah. Passing up Berkeley and the opportunity to carry out the plan she and Lee have had for the majority of their lives.
Elle makes a vow to Lee that they will complete the summer bucket list they created as children. All while living in the beach house their families stayed in when they were children.
However, her attention on Lee, on top of all her other responsibilities, causes Elle to ignore Noah. A situation that is compounded when her former flame Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) arrives. Later we see Elle is stretched too thin and things begin to unravel. She will then have to decide what is truly important to her and how to proceed.
The Kissing Booth 3: Review
The Kissing Booth 3 has just too much going on for any of its stories beats to land successfully. Whether it’s Elle and Lee’s relationship or Elle and Noah’s. There are too many other distractions to fully explore either dynamic without resorting to some clumsy dialogue describing what’s going on.
Part of that is owing to the film’s brevity of stories, which include a thread concerning Noah and Lee’s parents selling their beach property and Elle’s father resuming dating. It’s also partly because The Kissing Booth 3 spends a lot of time on summer spectacle. Whether it’s an extensive montage of their road trip or another montage of the kids having a good time at a water park.
While certain sequences, such as a particularly ludicrous one involving a go-kart race, appear to be more concerned with offering popcorn entertainment than with telling a decent tale. The Kissing Booth 3 appears to be more concerned with delivering popcorn fun than with telling a good story.
While there is enough going on to divert viewers’ attention away from the film’s extremely shallow plot. The film’s concept of fun becomes tedious rather quickly.
For their parts, it appears as though the ensemble enjoyed filming The Kissing Booth 3. As they get to participate in a variety of summer activities, from beach bonfires to days at the water park. This escapist feels more outlandish in light of the fact that the actual world is still reeling from an epidemic that has disrupted life for more than a year.
While romantic comedies typically provide viewers with escapist entertainment through sweet stories. The Kissing Booth 3 also provides a glimpse into an idealized summer that is very different from this year.
Which, depending on the viewer’s perspective, is either a welcome diversion from reality or a depressing reminder of it. In either case. The Kissing Booth 3 appears intent to allow viewers to live vicariously through the film’s characters, allowing viewers to enjoy all that summer has to offer. To some extent.
Finally, is an excellent conclusion to Netflix’s teen rom-com trilogy. Maintaining the over-the-top, if shallow, humor of the previous films while striving to advance Elle’s plot.
The Kissing Booth film series has always leaned toward shallow entertainment. Loading its films with stupid notions rather than delving deeper and telling a solid tale. So it’s natural that The Kissing Booth 3 would follow suit. While there is nothing wrong with this type of popcorn entertainment, others may find it lacking in satisfaction.
As a result, while d movie may be worth viewing for people who have already watched the first two films. This third episode (and probably the entire trilogy) may be skipped by those who are uninterested in the tale.
The movie Successfully concludes the narratives of Elle, Noah, and Lee, for the most part. While this may not be a pleasing conclusion for many series fans. It is possibly the most intriguing choice made by the trilogy.
Therefore, anyone searching for some lighthearted popcorn entertainment that is more akin to summer-themed escapism than a well-paced film might check out The Kissing Booth 3.
However, fans searching for a truly satisfying conclusion to a Netflix adolescent rom-com trilogy that began in 2018 would be better served by To All the Boys: Always & Forever. A companion 2021 release.
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