Based on a book, NAOMI AND ELY'S NO-KISS LIST is a charmingly unexpected romantic comedy that has fun with friendship, relationships, and notions of soul mates. Here, best friends Naomi and Ely weather sexuality, loyalty, jealousy, and love in ways that aren't typically explored outside of romantic partnerships, and though the relationships and their concerns may seem frivolous or shallow, they ring true for a lot of self-absorbed 20-somethings, whose lives are still as urgent and dramatic as they were in high school, although they have bigger responsibilities.
These aren't stellar role models, but they are relatable characters with expected -- though privileged -- urban problems. There's an earnestness and quirkiness to the film's style and dialogue that keeps the plot moving. There aren't a lot of profound messages here aside from ideas about forgiving friends and the various forms soul mates can take. Plus, lots of young adult drama centers on kissing, boyfriends, and matters of the heart. Teens who thrive on dramatic relationships, young love, and a glamorized, fun-loving depiction of city and college life will be entertained.