Elle and Evan have been best friends forever. But when Elle and Evan’s popular older brother kiss everything changes.
Back in the day, before I had a blog, I was obsessed with this thing called Wattpad. You may have heard of it, it’s a place for amateur writers (mostly teenagers) to write mostly amateur books. On this site, there was this book called The Kissing Booth and being 14/15 year old me, I loved it. So when it was published I bought it, and for some reason I still own it? But it’s been about 6 years since I read it and for some reason, someone decided to make it a movie. So let’s talk about it, even though I don’t really remember the book that well.
From what I can recall, The Kissing Booth movie follows pretty much the same basis plot as the book. There are some outside changes, but most of the big plot points are there. The book is your everyday cliché Wattpad book and is nothing spectacular, but based on this, the movie actually did okay.
For the first 20-30 minutes, I internally cringed through most of the movie. The side character acting, the cringy scenes, and high school representation almost became too much for me. But I’m not a quitter, well that’s not true but turning it off now just seemed like a waste of my time. As the movie continued, it surprisingly started to grow on me. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia of my youth or the fact that the main actors were actually decent. But whatever the reason, I quickly found that this movie wasn’t half bad. I mean we had someone sexually touch a girl without consent and pretty much get away with it (not sure what’s going on there). But the movie ditched some of its terrible cringe halfway through (kind of).
There were still some issues with relationships in this book/movie, with over controlling boys. But while that’s not good relationship goals for teenagers, I think the movie did an okay job at showing that it wasn’t okay. The truth is, if I were to read this book today I would probably hate it. So the movie didn’t have a ton to work from. The book is a simple cliché Wattpad book, but somehow the movie made an almost 21-year-old me feel things for the couple. In the end, I wanted them together, the same way I did when reading the book at 15.
I’m not really the target audience for this movie. So when you look at it from that perspective, then it did a great job. The movie overall isn’t that bad (trust me I’ve seen worse) while there are some awkward moments it succeeded in its goal and I’d probably watch it again.
P.S. I’m currently in the process of finishing my degree so please excuse the lack of posts.