The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth
Director: Vince Marcello
Writer: Vince Marcello
Based on: Beth Reekles‘ novel
Cast: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Carson White, Stephen Jennings, Chloe Williams, Bianca Bosch, Jessica Sutton
Seen on: 17.8.2019

Elle (Joey King) and Lee (Joel Courtney) have always been best friends and they have grown a lot together. To ensure that their friendship continues, they have established a firm set of rules that they both have to stick to. One of those rules is that neither of them can date the other’s relatives. And so far that has not been an issue. But when Lee’s older brother Noah (Jacob Elordi) kisses Elle in the Kissing Booth at the school fair, things change for Elle. The question is whether changing the rules means losing Lee.

The Kissing Booth is a cute teenie romance that I found rather enjoyable and that will probably scratch your itch if you’re looking for one. That being said, it didn’t blow me away.

The film poster showing Elle (Joey King), Lee (Joel Courtney) and Noah (Jacob Elordi) leaning around a car.
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Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 is the newest film written and directed by J. J. Abrams, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich and Jessica Tuck.

Joe (Joel Courtney) recently lost his mother and his relationship with his father (Kyle Chandler) is strained. So it’s not really surprising that he spends most of his time with his friends. Charles (Riley Griffiths) is shooting a movie, where Joe does the make-up, special effects and audio. When Charles casts Alice (Elle Fanning), Joe is electrified. But during their first shoot together, they witness a train derailing – and something escapes that train. The military moves in quickly and weird things start happening.

The kids were adorable and I could have watched three films about Joe and Alice, easily. But (and I know I just said basically the same thing yesterday): the monster part seemed out of place and didn’t work for me. Apart from that, I liked it.

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