2.5/10 While a step up from the horrendous second entry in the series, the concluding chapter of “The Kissing Booth” trilogy ends up along the lines of the first movie…still pretty terrible. Being a step up from the last movie isn’t a huge accomplishment when your movie still sucks and should be avoided like a kissing booth in the middle of a China Virus pandemic. I had a couple of notes that applied to both the last movie and this one but left out of my “The Kissing Booth 2” review since it was going too long and I aim to keep my reviews short, sweet and to the point. The overly perfect hot guy Marco from the second movie returns to this threequel and the fact that he is single in both movies is absurd on his face. There is no way that since puberty this guy has been single for more than 10 seconds and the fact that with all of the women to choose from, Elle (Joey King) is the one he can’t get out of his head felt ridiculous. Not to say Elle isn’t an attractive candidate for someone to date but she has plenty of her own issues and this is a guy who can get almost any girl he wants. The fact that he just didn’t move on and snag someone else up who is single was laughable. Another issue in the second and third movies is how characters discover things they weren’t supposed to. Every single time a character needs to stumble upon some information to add drama to the plot, the screenwriters have them “accidentally” trip or bump into something, spilling out the relevant information and they discover it while cleaning up their own mess. It happened with the earring underneath the bed in the second movie and in this movie Lee (Joel Courtney) “accidentally” drops Elle’s backpack that she conveniently left in his trunk to find her college acceptance letters. With how much information is conveniently revealed through dropping and spilling crap, I need to become a klutzy detective and fall my way into all the clues to easily solve mysteries. Even Joey King, who I enjoy and was pretty much the highlight of the first movie falls into overacting in both of these sequels. The writing is horrible, everything is over the top, unrealistic and cheesy and I ended up not caring about anyone’s struggles because of how crappy everything else was. The soundtrack was uninspired and stole from other, superior films and we even get some horrendous and clearly fake green screen moments. We get the completely cliché and overused trope about the daughter being upset when their widowed father begins dating again and that this new woman will replace their mother, which has been done to death. The only positives were the ending and some strong emotional moments in the last act of the movie. Last year for Valentine’s Day I overall enjoyed reviewing Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy and even summoned its upcoming spinoff into reality (if you go back and read my review for the first movie, you’ll know what I mean). This year I took a big L by reviewing “The Kissing Booth” trilogy so if you are looking for something romantic to watch today, definitely go with the former trilogy. No matter what I end up reviewing next year, I already know it will be a huge step up from this waste of time that no one should have to suffer through.

#UniversityOfCABerkLee / #MissesTheMarco / #OMGThisIsAwful / #WelcomeToDumbHouse / #Bummer’03 / #F*&%TheRomCom

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