Film: The Kissing Booth

Opened: May 11, 2018

Directed by: Vince Marcello

Starring: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Meganne Young, Stephen Jennings, Carson White, Molly Ringwald, Morné Visser, Jessica Sutton, Zandile Madliwa, Bianca Bosch, Michelle Allen & Joshua Eady

A complete cliché of a romantic comedy that sexually exploits its main female character, The Kissing Booth may be entertaining but definitely feels outdated for being so new.

Born on the same day, Elle (Joey King) and Lee (Joel Courtney) have been best friends forever. They have set rules about their friendship, including one that says Elle can’t fall in love with Lee’s brother Noah (Jacob Elordi). But when the two kiss at a kissing booth, that rule is broken.

The romance feels rushed with a lot happening before the kissing booth moment and then a strong romance being presented right after. However, Courtney is perfect as Lee and will make you fall in love with him.

Big laughs come throughout, but there’s not much to redeem its familiar and somewhat sexist storyline.

Final say: Close this booth. ★★☆☆☆

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