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In Love with the Kissing Booth

In Love with the Kissing Booth

Caroline Merck

When Elle Evans (Joey King), a high school junior, falls for her best friend’s brother, Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) she has to keep their relationship a secret from her BFF Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney). What could go wrong? 
The movie starts with a montage of the two besties growing up together: dancing, sharing ice cream, suffering after Elle’s mom passes, and basically never being separated from each other. Later in high school, Elle and Lee have to come up with an idea to fundraise at their school’s annual carnival. Elle comes up with the idea and the board filled with the popular girls called the OMG Girls — Olivia, Mia and Gwyneth— love it with one catch: Lee’s older bad boy  brother Noah has to be there. Figuring that somehow she could make Noah do it, she agrees and off she goes to make this work.
Next thing you know, it is the day of the carnival, and Noah is nowhere to be found. So spontaneously, Elle decides that she should put the blindfold on and sit in the kissing booth, but what do you know, Noah shows up and kisses Elle, making her childhood crush her first kiss. When she takes the blindfold off, she immediately looks for her best friend Lee, but he is off with another girl and did not see it happen. With mixed feelings, Elles leaves the carnival on the back on Noah’s motorcycle. Did I mention it was pouring rain? As they ride off into the darkness, everything seems perfect for Elle, but how can she keep it a secret from her bestie?
The rest of the movie features not only Elle and Noah hiding from Lee, but it goes into more detail about Elle and Lee’s relationship, and more importantly their list of rules for their friendship. While some seem not as serious, such as “Always be proud of your bestie’s successes,”  others are more important to Lee, such as rule number nine that states “Relatives are totally off limits.” 
When Lee ends up finding out about their relationship, Noah and he get in a physical fight, causing Elle to cry and be put in the middle of everything. But after Elle goes to both her dad and Mrs. Flynn for help, she ends up making amends with Lee after bringing him ice cream as mentioned in rule number seven, “You always have to forgive your best friend if they give you ice cream.” 
However, Noah has another secret that he was keeping from Elle: he is planning on going to Harvard next fall, all the way across the country. Along with this “bump in the road” as Elle calls it, Elle also struggled throughout the movie with Noah’s overprotection as he actually beat up any guy that tried to talk to Elle before they were even dating.
Despite the strong plot lines, the movie did have its fair share of flaws. Maya Gorman, Adv. 901, shared, “I thought the acting could’ve been better and I almost didn’t buy {Elle and Noah’s relationship} because Noah looks 25 and Elle looks 14, but I feel that that could have been the point. I mean Elle’s supposed to be young, because she’s the best friend of the younger brother and also it is supposed to be a romanticized fairy tale where it is almost unbelievable, other than that it was a really cute movie.” 
Many believe that the film is way too unsophisticated and random for anybody older than 18 to sit through, but when you look past the uncomfortable jokes and awkward teen romance, the film can be funny and have you rooting for Elle as she gets through her “moment when you suddenly go from invisible, to EVERYbody staring at you,” years. 
Another flaw in the film is the illogicalness, and that most of the events that occured would be extremely rare in real life. It’s a world of no teens having jobs, girls wearing stilettos to high school, booze-filled teen costume parties, Lee getting a vintage Mustang to celebrate getting his driver’s license, Harvard-bound Noah riding a motorcycle into the darkness and somehow having an extra helmet for Elle, and beachside houses with pools you can dive into from the roof. 
Sounding quite unfamiliar to Northside students, many still enjoyed the film. “If you don’t take it seriously, it’s really funny and fun to watch especially with other people,” commented Emilia Chojnacki, Adv. 904. 
Overall, if you are looking for a fun rom-com that is extremely light hearted, “The Kissing Booth” is a great movie to watch because of the comedic aspects as well as the too-good-to-be-true romance of high school junior Elle. 
 

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