The Kissing Booth 2

The Kissing Booth 2 ½

The Kissing Booth 2 is just the first movie all over again but this time with a plot constructed completely out of subplots. The one thing I can actually give the first film, at least over this one, is that it did have a plot. One of the worst plots in film history, but *a* plot. One with a clear focus. This sequel instead trades that in for a bunch of boring subplots with hollow characters and scenarios as bland as a rice cake on a plank of wood. Said subplots make up one of the most unnecessarily long runtimes I've ever had the displeasure of enduring. Seriously, why is this movie 132 minutes long?! And by the time the film finally catches up to what I think was supposed to be the main plot, it's so desperate that it literally does the "running to the airport to chase the romantic interest" thing, and I'm just sitting here wondering if this was what I was supposed to be invested in the whole time because it's given surprisingly little development. Also, on another side note, this film essentially copies and pastes the ending of To All the Boys 2 in a desperate attempt to wrap its mess of a plot (or lack thereof) up. The only thing of any real merit here is Joey King, but even her charisma and charm can't save this thing. Overall, this was just as bad, if not worse, than I thought it would be. While the main romantic relationship this time around doesn't feel quite as toxic, it doesn't really go anywhere at all and is just there so they can create a love triangle. This review is a complete and utter disaster, but I feel like it accurately sums up this atrocity to filmmaking.