“The Kissing Booth 3” review: a childish, over the top disaster


Joey King and Joel Courtney star in ‘The Kissing Booth 3,’ an awful sequel in a franchise that has run out of steam. (Image courtesy of Netflix)

Samantha Reynoso, Pepper Bough Staff Writer

“The Kissing Booth 3” is one of Netflix’s most popular romantic comedies… and one of the worst.

The movie was released on August 11th. Though it stars amazing actors like Molly Ringwald, Joey King, and Jacob Elordi, it doesn’t benefit from this at all. The acting often feels very childish and over the top. A lot of it feels like a behind-the-scenes cut.

What makes the acting even worse is when you think about how good these actors can be. Joey King was outstanding in “The Act,” and Jacob Elordi was amazing in “Euphoria.” Seeing them in “The Kissing Booth 3” felt like a joke on the audience.

In “Kissing Booth 3,” Elle (Joey King) begins to date her best friend, Lee’s (Joel Courtney) brother, Noah (Jacob Elordi) even though it’s specifically in Elle and Lee’s friendship rules that “Relatives of your best friend are off-limits.” As with the other films in this series, their relationship goes through extreme ups and downs.

Elle also has to make a challenging decision about where to go to college. It sounds like a pretty minor decision but oh no, to this movie that is the biggest deal of all-time.

Her decision to go to Harvard to be closer to her boyfriend, Noah leads to so many problems. Elle and Noah argue and Elle disappoints Lee. Disappointing Lee drives Elle’s decision to spend her whole summer making it up to him by completing tasks from a checklist they made when they were younger.

Watching them tick off these tasks brings so much second hand embarrassment. Elle and Noah’s break up becomes her breaking point, so she decides she needs time to herself and enrolls in a different college.

The movie then makes a shockingly huge 6 year jump. After 6 years, Elle sees Noah by the memorable kissing booth that started it all and there’s an obvious amount of chemistry still, then the movie ends.

While Netflix leaves room for a horrible fourth installment, it’s not likely to happen since this movie’s marketing tagline was “One last time.” From the acting to the effects to the plot, “The Kissing Booth 3” was so bad.

Netflix should’ve quit while they were ahead with the first movie. Instead, they dragged this franchise on.

“The Kissing Booth 3” is currently streaming on Netflix.