In 2018 The Kissing Booth appeared on Netflix as out of nowhere and was later announced as a great success of the platform. Hence a sequel, Kissing Cabin 2, which for three days occupies the leading place in Romania. For fans of the franchise, no worries, there is already a sequel that will be launched in 2021.
To us, The Kissing Booth 2 seemed as close to realism as Everything About Sex. You know, the series about the journalist who writes one article a week and yet has closets full of Manolo Blahnik shoes (about $ 1000 a pair). The fantasy “realism” of this sequel projects us into the world of an American high school, in which Elle (Joey King, to be seen especially in the Hulu series The Act), a student in the last year somehow to conquer for the second time the sexiest colleague and make enough money to go to a prestigious college.
The sequel is, of course, pure escapism and I would say it has the same connection to reality as Cinderella. Beyond its derailments, Vince Marcello’s film touches on some endearing themes and could be a good opportunity for a viewing with the extended family, although mature viewers are likely to be much harder to conquer than the very young more and more the impression that the universe owes them something. Well, how not, if movies like The Kissing Booth tell them this indefinitely …
There is a moment in the film when Elle, who is trying hard to get a place in a college in Boston to be closer to her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi), a Harvard student, gives an interview with a college coach. Elle is told a great truth: “Your answers sound more like something you think we’d like to hear.”
Here lies a great problem of the present, a mixture of dishonesty (or even self-knowledge) and too much adaptability to the interlocutor. When the same question asked by different people leads to different answers, how can we say that we are honest? Yes, The Kissing Booth improbably repackages most of the commonplaces of high school comedies, but this recurring theme of dishonesty makes it a little more than a movie watched out of the corner of our eye as we look for something good to order on Foodpanda.
Otherwise, the sequel remains true to the same spirit that was trying to convince us that Noah, the student best known for his perfect physique and dexterity in punching left and right, is someone who deserves to go to Harvard. There is also the reason for extreme jealousy when Elle discovers an earring under Noah’s bed and is suddenly convinced that he is cheating on her with his beautiful colleague Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). He has absolutely no evidence, of course, but hey, you have to put straw on the drama fire, don’t you?
Unfortunately, The Kissing Booth 2 manages with difficulty and only passenger to be an educational film and gets lost in too many conventions, viewers often feel that they have to leave them to get caught up in the story game …