If you've logged into your Netflix over the past couple of days, you'll notice that 'The Kissing Booth 2' is the most popular title in Ireland at the moment.
The teen flick is, obviously, a sequel to 'The Kissing Booth', which was based on Beth Reekes' young adult novel of the same name. The two films are, to put it lightly, not good. They explore cliched teen relationships, coupled with a healthy dose of misogyny and a regressive look at masculinity.
The first film was panned critically, but was a commercial success. Netflix, judging from the amount of people who saw the first film, decided to commission another two films in the series.
Apparently, when the filming crew were together for the sequel, they stuck around to complete the third film. You have to admire the work ethic, if nothing else.
The second film concerns the distance between Elle and Noah, with the latter leaving home to go to Harvard. Typically, every new character introduced ends up becoming a roadblock in the duo's relationship, as plot subtlety isn't a strong suit in the franchise. Also, we get a cosmetic insight into the finances behind going to the biggest colleges in America. Elle's plan was to go to UC Berkeley with her best mate Lee (did we mention that Noah and Lee are brothers? Well, of course they are). Now that Noah is away in Havard, Elle wants to attend third-level in Boston. Apparently, compared to Harvard's Brown Thomas of education, UC Berkeley is like a pound shop for Elle's family.
UC Berkeley is one of the best universities in the world, but listen, conflict is important in these films.
We won't talk about the rest of the film, nor will we speculate as to what the third film will involve, because we really don't want to think about it.
'The Kissing Booth 3' is set for a 2021 release, so don't expect next year to be much better than this year.