A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages being your authentic self, not trying to please others. It never pays to lie or wish away the truth. Idealizes relationships: "The best thing to hold onto is each other."
Positive Role Models
A teen girl, while striving to be independent, bases her life choices on behavior and approval of young men in her life; she makes a little progress. She's loyal, smart, introspective at times. Characters don't always tell the truth, sometimes choose easier paths, but they learn lessons. Some stereotyping (mean-spirited hecklers, popular girls, gay friend). Parents, while caring from a distance, have little influence on kids. Some ethnic and gender diversity. A gay teen works on accepting his sexual orientation.
Violence & Scariness
Comic stumbles, bumps, chases.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, foreplay, undressing. No nudity. Teen sex is an accepted norm; contraception is used. Suspected infidelity is a plot element.
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Occasional swearing and profanity: "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "butt," "poop," and one use of "c--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tacit approval of teen drinking. Kids drink beer, use fake IDs, and do shots.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kissing Booth 2 is the sequel to The Kissing Booth, Netflix's super-popular movie based on the ebook by Beth Reekles. The story picks up just after the original movie ended, with main character Elle (Joey King) starting her senior year at an upscale private high school while her boyfriend goes off to college. This film is tamer than the original, with less underage drinking/drunkenness, undressing, and anger-management issues -- and more dancing. But the clichéd, teasing rich kids in the background have been joined by a stereotypically portrayed gay teen who's on the verge of acknowledging his sexual orientation. Underage drinking (beer, shots, fake IDs) is tacitly approved, and sex is shown as a requisite part of teens falling in love. Dreamy, romantic montages show kissing and passionate foreplay, but there's no nudity or explicit sexual activity. Expect to hear words like "s--t," "damn," "ass," "crap," and one use of "c--k." Characters lie, and Elle, who narrates her emotional journey, has trouble asserting her independence and making choices separate from the males in her life. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Joey King is the best thing about this cheesy teen romance that has a number of weak performances (male and female) and simplistic outcomes. The Kissing Booth 2 appears to be intended for young audiences who as kids loved fairy tales and princesses. The Handsome Prince -- in this case, handsome "jock" with anger-management issues -- has already swept the worthy but confidence-challenged girl off her feet in The Kissing Booth. But will they end up happily ever after? Watch this sequel and the clearly hinted at next one to find out. Annoyingly, many of the most highly charged emotional moments take place in public spaces with big audiences to cheer and humiliate the heroes.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.