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A 2018 teen romantic dramedy film, based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles. It revolves around Elle Evans, a teenage girl who develops a crush on older student Noah Flynn. However, one of the biggest obstacles to them getting together is Noah's brother Lee, who happens to be Elle's best friend with whom she has a set of strict 'friendship rules'. Chief amongst these rules is "No dating your friend's siblings", but will Elle's feelings for Noah trump her friendship with Lee?

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Directed by Vince Marcello and starring Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney and Molly Ringwald.


The Kissing Booth contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Molly Ringwald plays Mrs Flynn, Noah and Lee's mother. She is well-known for playing the female lead in teen rom-coms from The '80s, such as Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The first guy Elle asks out is the same guy who sexually harassed her in front of the whole school and nearly beat up Lee when he tried to defend her. And she has a huge crush on Noah, a womaniser who constantly gets into fights, threatens other guys into staying away from her without her knowledge or consent, and emotionally manipulates her. It's not just Elle either; practically every girl in school is head over heels for Noah.
  • Alliterative Name: Elle's full name is Elle Evans.
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  • Alpha Bitch: Mia, with Gwyneth and Olivia as Beta Bitches.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Noah comes across as a bit of one to Elle, being rather controlling and aggressive around her (for example, he beats up or threatens to beat up any guys who show interest in her, simply because he doesn't want her dating anyone. And this is before they start a relationship). Another somewhat infamous example is when Elle gets upset at Noah for fighting and storms off, ignoring his demands to get in his car until he slams his hand on the roof and yells for her to get in. Then, instead of taking her home he drives her to the Hollywood sign. He also generally responds to Elle's complaints about his behaviour with amusement more than anything.
    Elle: "It is not your job to monitor my dating life, do you understand me? The days of you controlling my life are over!"
    Noah: "We'll see about that."
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  • Big Damn Kiss: Elle and Noah have one at the kissing booth, complete with the camera spinning round them and the light-up sign behind them exploding with sparks in a not-so-subtle visual metaphor.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied with Noah; he's swooned over by just about every girl in school and wears an XL sized groin guard.
  • The Casanova: Noah is somewhat infamous for the amount of girlfriends he goes through.
  • Childhood Friend: Elle and Lee have been best friends since they were little kids.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Elle has known Noah for as long as Lee and has had a crush on him since she was a teen.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: The plot proper starts when Elle rips her uniform pants the first day of school and has to wear last year's uniform skirt to school, getting the entire student bodies attention and getting her groped by a Jerk Jock. Reality Ensues with her getting sent to the principal's office for violating the school dress code.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Elle insists on keeping her relationship with Noah secret to avoid this, because Lee has made it very clear he doesn't want them romantically involved, even getting slightly upset they kissed at the kissing booth despite it being for charity. Inevitably, he does find out and things quickly go south. Elle and Noah effectively break up, while Lee stops talking to her. They eventually reconcile, but Elle then confronts him over how stupid it is she can't date his brother, arguing that it doesn't change their friendship and even suggesting they shouldn't be friends anymore if they would fall out over something like this. Lee concedes and helps her get to Noah in time to proclaim her love.
  • Fundraiser Carnival: One of the main plot points is that Elle and Lee need to come up with a fundraising idea for the school carnival and deciding on a kissing booth. Elle ends up being kissed by Noah at the booth, which results in them realising they like each other as more than friends.
  • Girl Posse: The OMG girls, consisting of Alpha Bitch Mia and Beta Bitches Olivia and Gwyneth.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Dorky Lee is this for hot but bitchy and high-maintenance Mia.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Noah is very tall and muscular, with 5'3" Elle looking very small next to him – she doesn't even come up to his shoulder.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Noah claims to Elle that he likes her because she's "the only girl who doesn't fall at [his] feet".
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Noah casually mentions he got accepted into Harvard University. Besides playing football, he isn't mentioned or depicted as having any other skills or talents, nor are his grades mentioned, so it seems pretty bizarre that he'd be able to get into Harvard, one of the top ranking universities in the world.
  • Jerk Jock: Noah comes across as one; he plays football and is a smug womaniser who constantly gets into fights.
    • There's also the guy who grabs Elle's ass in front of the whole school and tries to beat up Lee for defending her.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Noah with Elle.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Noah and Elle decide to try this at the end of the film after he leaves for Harvard. Elle actually acknowledges that she's not sure if this will work, but that she's happy to wait and see how things turn out.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Dear Lord. Noah has apparently been caught making out with girls in a glass house numerous times. When he and Elle have sex for the first time, it's outside next to the Hollywood sign (which in real life has all sorts of cameras, sensors and the LAPD monitoring it constantly). At one point, they actually go at it on a classroom desk before school starts and subsequently Elle has to find a way to steal the tape recordings from the principal's office when she realises there are cameras in the room.
  • Maybe Ever After: Although the film ends with Elle and Noah as a couple, she states that she ultimately doesn't know if they'll be together forever, but that either way Noah will always have part of her heart.
  • Missing Mom: Elle's mother is shown to have died of cancer in the opening montage.
  • My Brother is Off Limits!: One of the mains sources of drama in the story is that Elle has a crush on Lee's brother, but he wouldn't approve of a relationship between them. The same 'rule' applies to Elle's sibling too...only her brother is still in elementary school so it's kind of a moot point.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Elle and Lee start out as this, until Elle’s crush on Noah starts to take more precedence.
  • Race for Your Love: At the end of the film, Elle and a masked Lee leave their costume-themed birthday party to catch Noah before he leaves for Harvard...only for it to turn out it was Noah under the mask the whole time.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Elle. The universe seems to conspire to get her half-naked. First, her pants rip, forcing her to wear a very short skirt to school. Then she gets extremely drunk at a party and begins table-dancing and stripping down to her underwear in front of everyone. And then she accidentally walks into the boys' locker room as she gets getting undressed due to being covered in paint. When Noah gets mad at her for "messing around" even though it was an accident and tries to drag her out, she embraces it to stick it to him and begins dancing in front of all the guys in her bra.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Rachel for Lee. Her very first scene about halfway through the movie involves her popping up to kiss Lee at the kissing booth after he is rejected by Mia. Afterwards, they begin a relationship.
  • Secret Relationship: Elle and Noah have one in the second half of the movie.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Noah's character is introduced with one.
  • Wild Teen Party: Elle gets drunk at one early in the film and starts publicly stripping until Noah carries her out.

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