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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendships and relationships can endure separations and challenges. Growing up and leaving home and childhood friends can be difficult.
Positive Role Models
Teens support each other through difficult decisions. Elle realizes she's been putting the interests of her male best friend and boyfriend above her own. Noah gets jealous easily. Teens aspire to party and have fun during the summer and also to go to top colleges and launch careers based around their passions. Parents support their kids and also deserve consideration for their feelings and needs.
Violence & Scariness
Elle and Lee engage in some potentially risky activities like cliff jumping, skydiving, go-kart racing (with crashes), and swimming with sharks. Noah hits Marco in the face with a volleyball. Marco punches Noah.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss. Teens experience and act on their jealousy. Elle's widower dad is dating. Elle and Noah share a bed at the beach house; they appear to be about to have sex in one scene where they're making out in their underwear lying on the bed. Elle mentions erasing a "naughty video" that appears to show them about to engage in sex on a table in a school chemistry lab. Teens kiss blindfolded in a kissing booth. Elle hits a boy's butt as a joke.
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"S--t," "bitches," "hell," "screw you," "damn," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," bleeped "f--k" and "the eff," "freaking," "stupid," "jerk," "God."
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Products & Purchases
Lee drives a Mustang and Noah a motorcycle. They go to Harvard, Berkeley, and USC. Other brands on display: Mario Kart, Twister, Monopoly, Mac, iPhone, Honey Nut Cheerios.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink alcohol freely at house parties and dinners. Some appear drunk. They play beer pong.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kissing Booth 3 is the third installment in the romcom series that's based on the ebook by Beth Reekles. The film picks up where the last movie left off, but new viewers won't need that context to understand this movie. During the summer before college, four teens move into a beach house together, where they throw major parties that involve alcohol (some teens appear drunk), and two couples share rooms. Two of the main characters seem about to have sex in two separate scenes, and there's some kissing and petty jealousies sprinkled throughout the film. Teens engage in potentially risky activities like cliff jumping, skydiving, go-kart racing (with crashes), and swimming with sharks. In one scene, a character hits another in the face with a volleyball and gets punched in return. Language includes "s--t," "bitches," "hell," "screw you," "damn," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," a bleeped "f--k," and "the eff," "freaking," "stupid," "jerk," and "God" (as an exclamation). Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this lightweight third entry to the series, privileged teens spend their last summer before (Ivy League) college grappling with relationships and growing up. The Kissing Booth 3 will provide some closure for fans of the previous films, especially in its "Six years later" epilogue. But there's not much by way of deeper character development, and the story's central conflict -- which college (and therefore brother) Elle will choose -- doesn't really provide much conflict at all. Nor do storylines about the boys' parents selling their beach house, Chloe's parents getting a divorce, Marco still holding a flame for Elle, or high school relationships coming to an end.
Molly Ringwald is sadly underused in this sequel, and disparate accents (including Australian Elordi's poking through as American Noah) are left unexplained. A montage of the teens' fulfillment of a bucket list of activities feels improbable, as does the extreme wealth on display. Likewise, in a scene where Elle, already feeling down, drops a bunch of trash when a bag tears, Lee tries to cheer her up by explaining that according to his mother, there are only two things worth spending "a little extra" on: trash bags and bacon. The anecdote's lack of deeper meaning is reflective of the film as a whole.
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