The Kissing Booth 2

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
The Kissing Booth 2 Movie Poster Image
So-so teen romcom sequel has cursing, alcohol, sex.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 129 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 51 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Comic stumbles, bumps, chases.

Sex

Kissing, foreplay, undressing. No nudity. Teen sex is an accepted norm; contraception is used. Suspected infidelity is a plot element.

Language

Occasional swearing and profanity: "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," "crap," "butt," "poop," and one use of "c--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Tacit approval of teen drinking. Kids drink beer, use fake IDs, and do shots.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKarensmith55 November 24, 2020

Totally inappropriate

This movie is horrible. Elle and Noah frequently make out while they are teenagers and not MARRIED. They are not dating for the intent of marriage. There is way... Continue reading
Adult Written bylsantana506 August 15, 2020
Bad role models and even worse messages!
Teen, 14 years old Written bygoatgirl4168 July 24, 2020

meh.... waiting for a while...

I waited for this movie for 2 years. 2 YEARS. And, it was... ok. There was not much of a plot. Not much sex either. There was probably one scene where Noah and... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJennyJenJen July 24, 2020

Absolutely atrocious

This is a two hour long movie with absolutely no plot whatsoever. Nothing happened at all throughout the whole movie that made me want to keep watching, and the... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE KISSING BOOTH 2, Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elordi) spend an idyllic summer before Noah settles at Harvard and Elle enters her senior year in her Los Angeles high school. Struggling to adjust to life without Noah, Elle hangs out pretty much full-time with her lifelong best friend, Lee (Joel Courtney), and his girlfriend, Rachel (Meganne Young). A highly anticipated weekend trip to see Noah in Boston delights Elle, but she feels slightly insecure when she meets the beautiful Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), one of Noah's closest new friends. Back at home, Elle's misgivings grow, until she has convinced herself that Chloe is a threat. And, unbeknownst to Elle, Rachel wants more time alone with Lee. Into the tension-filled situation comes Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), a handsome new senior at the school who just happens to be a great dancer and is willing to partner with Elle for a video game dance contest. "Dance, Dance, Mania" is offering a $50,000 prize to the winners, and Elle could really use the funds for college. Will Marco become more than a dance partner and a means to a big prize?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Kissing Booth 2 portrays teen drinking and using a fake ID. Does the movie make casual drinking by underage kids look cool? Are there any realistic consequences? Why is it a good idea for families with older kids and teens to discuss drinking and substance abuse in movies?

  • If you were a fan of The Kissing Booth, did this sequel live up to your expectations? What surprised you about it? Think about the final shot in the movie showing the two university letters. How does that indicate that there will be a Kissing Booth 3? Will you look forward to it? For what reason(s) do companies decide to make a sequel or sequels? 

  • What is the meaning of the film term "montage"? How do the filmmakers use montage in numerous instances to move along both the plot and the emotional content of the movie? How does it help to build insights into the characters and their journey?

  • A few of the main characters either lie or avoid telling the truth. How did dishonesty ultimately undermine their goals? 

  • In the film Elle is asked, "Are you going to change your plans for him?" Women and girls have been asked that same thing over many generations. How did this movie answer the question? How would you respond?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love romcoms

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate