Kiss it goodbye


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Released on Aug. 11, “The Kissing Booth 3” is the third movie in the Kissing Booth series.


Not every teenager goes behind their best friend’s back to date their brother, then spends almost two months choosing between going to Harvard with one or UC Berkeley with the other. However, for “The Kissing Booth” protagonist Elle Evans (Joey King), that is a decision that dominates her summer. 

Released on Netflix Aug. 11, “The Kissing Booth 3” follows Elle Evans, Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) as they choose where to go to college and try to soak up every minute left of summer. While the first “Kissing Booth” film was a good addition to Netflix’s movie selection, the more they made, the worse the series got. 

The best parts of this movie centered around Elle and Lee’s absurd-yet-enjoyable list of activities to do before they leave for college. The two made it their goal to do fun things all the way from cliff diving to crazy go-kart races so they could enjoy their summer together, adding to the comedy while developing the characters’ friendships. 

Although the activities may have been enjoyable to watch unfold, it was not enough to save the movie.The movie’s main focus seemed to be around the emotional turmoil of Elle’s relationship between a life with her best friend or with her boyfriend. Instead of focusing on the fun-filled summer, the movie was a rollercoaster full of constant fights then forgiveness creating an obnoxious and tiresome plot. 

“The Kissing Booth 3,” like the others, has shown no real character development, leaving us with the same old characters. Throughout the film, you still have Lee acting like an immature child, Noah always overreacting, and Elle with nothing on her mind but boys. It takes almost two hours to get to know what Elle wants to do with her life and to see any real personality from her, only for the closing credits to start rolling in. 

Unless you are interested in watching the struggles of teenage relationships, the two hours spent watching “The Kissing Booth 3” could be better spent doing something else.