The Kissing Booth franchise tops Netflix charts after the release of the sequel

The Kissing Booth, in all its cringe-worthy glory, is a film we love to hate. Two years on, The Kissing Booth 2 sets the perfect example that the apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Much like its predecessor, The Kissing Booth 2 follows the over the top, woebegone stricken teenage drama that is Elle Evans’ (Joey King) life – the ups, downs, and all of the silliness in between.

The Kissing Booth franchise remains merely a perception of what people believe American high schoolers’ lives consist of.

Although Elle’s relationship with her boyfriend, Noah (Jacob Elordi) blossoms in the original film, The Kissing Booth 2 shifts its focus to the relationship’s hardships, which allows its audience to resonate with the main characters.

The film follows the age old tale of a strong relationship that strays off course due to an obstacle in the way of their happiness, in this case long-distance is the obstacle.

Eventually, Elle begins to doubt her relationship because of Noah’s new modelesque friend, Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers).

Unsurprisingly, a new boy, Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) is then thrown into the mix, threatening Noah’s place in Elle’s life which results in the two battling to show their worthiness of Elle’s love.

Whilst this plotline has been reiterated countless times throughout the rom-com genre, somehow, The Kissing Booth 2 still manages to hold major appeal to audiences.

On the week of its Netflix debut, both films in the franchise claimed a place in the Top 10.

Despite having all of its twists and turns, the plot remains largely unoriginal, and predictable. Whether the film’s directors intended for these films to be as cheesy as they are, it is undeniable that the audience gets their kick out of the glorious cringiness of it all, rather than from an enthralling plotline.

That being said, although having broken up just a number of months after The Kissing Booth was released in 2018, Elordi and King remain successfully professional in playing the on-screen lovebirds.

In the end, Elle and Noah rekindle their love, because love conquers all as we’ve seen in almost every film ever made. Interestingly, the ending shows Marco announcing to a friend that Elle is still “worth-it”.

This provides a riveting segue to the franchise’s third film which is set to be released in 2021. The third film in The Kissing Booth franchise was announced just two days after the second film won the hearts of thousands of Netflix viewers.

Hopefully, The Kissing Booth 3 will see more of the bombshells that are Marco and Chloe. Both characters deserve increased screen time, and better character development if they intend to hold vital places in Elle Evans’ world.

Emma Costigan

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