It all started at the school fair’s Kissing Booth where Elle Evans (Joey King) and Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) exchanged an unexpected kiss. The Kissing Booth 3 is the final instalment to the franchise and while it gives us the closure that we have been craving for, it also feels delayed and overstretched even though Netflix has a penchant for teenage romance trilogies which usually make us feel mushy and reminisce our teenage crushes.
The film starts with Elle, Noah, Lee (Joel Courtney) and Rachel (Meganne Young) road tripping around California and fully enjoying their summer break before college begins and they have to assume the responsibilities of a young adult. We witness a lot of love, friendship, nostalgia, romance, heartbreak, sadness and unexpected twists through this movie. Elle answered the impending question of #TeamNoah verses #TeamMarco in the second part and now faces another dilemma of selecting between #TeamBoyfriend & Harvard verses #TeamBestfriend & Berkeley. But finally there is also a long awaited discussion of #TeamElle and we are here for it!
With Marco (Taylor Perez) and Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) popping in every now and then, so do the string of complications they bring with them. One of the best parts of the movie is the beach house bucket list that Elle and Lee try to complete as they plan to make this their best summer ever. Their friendship is so heartwarming that one feels inspired to whip up one’s own bucket list!
The movie shows us how lost Elle feels without the influence of her mother and how it never occurred to her to do what’s best for herself. After a gentle nudge by Mrs. Flynn in that direction, she finds a newfold sense of purpose and follows it relentlessly. We see a transitional shift from an overly tired people-pleaser to a remarkable career-driven young woman, all in under 2 hours. The character development that Elle undergoes is truly incredible with a purposeful feminist undertone fueling that shift.
While the beloved cast has always left us wanting for more, the ending rekindles our faith in love. The Kissing Booth 3, directed by Vince Marcello, is now streaming on Netflix.