To start with, I am not saying ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a really great movie. For many, this would pass as a leisure watch or perhaps as a teenage wannabe comedy which suits only the lovers of a particular sub-genre. What’s more noteworthy (and also is probably the face of the movie) is the presence of Joey King in a leading role. After her stint with ‘The Conjuring’ and 40 odd movies and tv series, not only did we see a bolder, outspoken version of King in the movie, her sultry avatar was a surprise to many. Although she has been in the news for her bold scenes in movies like ‘Smartass (2017)’, ‘The Kissing Booth’ seemed merely an extension of that. Over the short span of time for which the movie has been on Netflix, it certainly has gained a cult viewership owing to many factors – the reprisal of a rising starlet who’s seemingly on a roll, the teenage-palpable storyline and the nuances of teenage romance handled aptly in the movie’s storyline.
The plot of the movie ‘The Kissing Booth’ revolves around a girl Elle and her “BFF” Lee. Apparently, both of them were born at the same moment and have been inseparable since, as their moms were also “BFFs”. Brought up as siblings, they had many things in common, the most equally likeable of them all – dancing. Lee and Elle went through their forming years searching for the best place to dance together. Enter Lee’s elder brother Noah who Elle had a crush on since her teens. In the present day, they’re all at the high school and Lee and Elle plan to set up a kissing booth for the upcoming school’s carnival. Elle, who kisses Noah accidentally in the kissing booth, thinks of Noah as a playboy and doesn’t trust him initially, although the trust piles up eventually and they both start having their own cosy moments, without Lee knowing all the while. Elle’s guilty pleasure of lying to Lee doesn’t stay for long and she admits her mistake, only to distance herself from everyone, including Noah. The movie has an open-ended conclusion, with Elle looking forward to things like “hope” and “possibility” as Noah leaves.
Movies like ‘The Kissing Booth’ would be teenage or adult rom-com dramas with instances of heterosexual relationships, occasional use of drugs, alcohol, et al, depictions of slumber parties, one-night stands, accidental (and often drunken) hookups, heartbreaks, hot women, “formidable” girl-gangs, high-school or college setups, extravagant playboy-characters, love triangles and similarly related premises. So, if you are into teen love stories, here’s the list of movies similar to The Kissing Booth that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these best movies like The Kissing Booth on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Dude (2018)
I think one of the few other things that ‘Dude’ shares with ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a lacklustre logic and storyline, which is probably very apparent from the movie’s teaser. ‘Dude’ circles around four friends, involving a lot of drugs, the slapstick comedy associated with teenage high school drug addiction and relationships and kids fooling around, along with the protagonist being good at soccer, one another similarity of ‘Dude’ with ‘The Kissing Booth’. Stoner comedies are no longer as exciting as they used to be once, and perhaps Lily’s (Lucy Hale) attempt at hotboxing isn’t as crazily sexy as it was ought to be. Long story short, the movie starts on a “high” note with Lily, Chloe, Amelia, and Rebecca partying and having fun towards a stressful transition until things and hearts break. The passing of time and the nostalgic moments are the only worthwhile ones about ‘Dude’.
Read More: Movies Like Bolt