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Kissing Booth 2; Netflix chain of romantic comedies keeps elongating

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So now the day bleeds into nightfall

And you not here to get me through it all

Let my guard down and then you pulled the rug

I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

Watching Elle and Noah in Kissing Booth 2 was like deciding to take up a career as a 24 hour racetrack driver. I was feeling content, happy, tense, warm, worked up, hooked, tired and sick; all at the same time. For some reason, probably due to this emotional whirlwind, I couldn’t help but conjure up the lyrics above (someone you loved) from time to time during the film.

We hear about sequels from action movies (Strike Back 2, Fast and Furious 9), romantic films (Twilight Saga) and even comedy/drama (Coming to America 2, Home alone 5) but we hardly ever hear romantic comedies having sequels. This is probably because we assume the boy got the girl or in the case of Kissing Booth, the girl got both the boy and the best friend and they all sailed off to the sunset, living happily ever after.

Well, not if Vince Marcello has anything to say about it. Marcello is the writer (alongside Jay Arnold), director and the producer of both Kissing Booth 1 and 2. As of July 24th, Kissing Booth trickled its way to the streaming platforms and up until now it is still number one on Netflix streamer’s viewing charts. Seems like the 2018 prequel, when we were first introduced to Elle (Joey King), Noah (Jacob Elordi) and Lee (Joel Courtney), ignited a fiery affection in Netflix fans. Let us see what the sequel is all about.

Premise

Kissing Booth 2 is a riveting second installment with its notable character developments and story dynamics. Personally, I didn’t think there was anything to sequel after Noah and Elle got together at the end of Kissing Booth 1. This of course happened when Lee came around to accepting the fact that his brother and his best friend had been dating behind is back (ouch!). Well apparently, after docking their boat in sunset island, Noah got accepted to Harvard thus leaving his soul mate behind.

What I love about this sequel is that it touches base on what being in a relationship really entails. For Noah and Elle, the two have to figure out how to maintain a long distance relationship. This means cementing trust and battling insecurities. We see Elle struggling to keep it together as she is taunted by the thought of Chloe, a beautiful girl who befriends Noah at school. Noah, on the other hand, faces an intimidating threat named Marco, who, get this, can dance, sing and is absolutely jaw dropping, eyes bulging attractive. Marco gets recruited (or rather tricked) by Elle and Lee to participate in the Kissing Booth charity. After losing a dance brawl, Marco agrees to the event. This later leads to him and Elle participating in a dance competition which Elle initially enters with Lee. During all this, a spark is ignited between Elle and Marco. Elle who is hopelessly in love with Noah, yes that Elle. Surprise surprise huh?

All in all, the two love birds walk on thin ice as more and more bridles form between them.

We all know that Lee also rides off to the sunset with his new girlfriend Racheal. In Kissing Booth 2, while Noah is settling in Harvard, Elle becomes a literal third wheel in Lee and Rachel’s relationship. Elle follows them everywhere, inserting and inviting herself everywhere the two go. Lee is torn between being there for his best friend and keeping his girlfriend happy. Eventually it comes down to him making a choice before it is made for him.

Lee and Elle sew up the wear and tear in their relationship after the whole, “you slept with my brother” scenario. Their bond puts titanium to shame but once again, Elle is keeping something from Lee, something that can damage their relationship for good.

The drama, the sighs, the humor, the intensity and the tears are just but a few reasons why you should watch the sequel. Besides, you can learn a few dance moves and of course how to run a successful kissing booth charity!

Reception of Kissing Booth 3

The reviews by various critics were sadly scathing as most thought that the film held a trite plot. Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 27% while Metacritic gave it a solid 39%.

Production of Kissing Booth 3

Here is a fun fact. Did you know that “The Kissing Booth” is actually based on a series of books by an author known as Beth Reekles? Or that one of the executive producers of Kissing Booth is actually Joey King herself? Yes, Elle is high up the food chain people.

Good news to Kissing Booth fans, Kissing Booth 3 has just been given a go ahead by Netflix! And guess what? It was being filmed alongside Kissing Booth 2 last year and get this, the shooting was done in South Africa.

The debut of the upcoming sequel will be done in 2021 so as to give time for Marcello to polish it up. Kissing Booth 3 will be set during the summer before Elle goes off to college. Question is, which one will she wind up in? Berkeley (where Lee is going) or Harvard (where Noah is going). One tends to wonder whatever will become of our golden boy Marco.

Fans are eagerly awaiting this sequel because our golden couple broke up in real life. Yes, Elle and Noah were dating off screen but when shooting “Kissing Booth 3” they parted ways. Will this affect their on screen chemistry?

Anyway, the choice between best friend and boyfriend strikes again! This “bestie” business though!


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