It celebrities Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney as well as additionally Molly Ringwald. The film follows Elle (King), an eccentric, late expanding young adult whose budding love with senior high school senior as well as additionally unfavorable boy Noah (Elordi) puts her lifelong friendship with Noah's younger brother Lee (Courtney) in jeopardy.
The Kissing Booth was released on Netflix on May 11, 2018. Despite receiving largely negative reviews from critics, who deemed its storyline and themes to be clichéd and misogynistic, the film was dubbed a commercial success by Netflix due to it being widely consumed by viewers. A sequel, The Kissing Booth 2, is set to release July 24, 2020.
Elle (Rochelle) Evans and Lee Flynn, born at the same time in the same hospital in Los Angeles, have been best friends all their lives. They create rules to maintain their friendship; chiefly, they are forbidden from dating each other's relatives, specifically Lee's older brother Noah.
On the first day of school, Elle splits her pants and her other pants are at the dry cleaners, so she is forced to wear a tiny skirt from years ago. When an older student, Tuppen, inappropriately slaps Elle’s buttocks, Lee almost punches him but Noah defends his brother and Elle and fights Tuppen. Tuppen, Noah, and Elle serve detention, where Tuppen apologizes by performing a dance wearing a tight skirt in front of the students, for which Elle accepts his request for a date. Tuppen does not show up though, later telling Elle that Noah threatened everyone to not pursue Elle romantically.
Elle and Lee create a kissing booth for a school fundraiser. During a party, Elle tells the girls that Noah will be part of the booth, despite Noah having already refused her request. At the kissing booth, everything goes well until Lee serves as the kisser instead of Noah. Angry that Elle lied about Noah’s participation, the popular girls (known as the OMG Girls) set up Elle to kiss an undesirable student. At the last second, the student waves Noah ahead, and Noah and Elle share a series of passionate kisses in front of the entire school.
Cleaning up the booth, Elle is upset to see Noah flirting with another girl, and runs outside where it starts to rain. Noah offers her a ride on his motorcycle, but the rain forces them to shelter in a park. Elle kisses Noah, but tell some him she cannot be just another sexual conquest. Hurt, Noah reveals he has feelings for her. They kiss again but are interrupted by a security guard who recognizes Noah, telling him to stop bringing girls there, angering Elle.
At a beach party, Elle is harassed by another student, Warren. Noah breaks his promise to Elle not to fight and body slams Warren. Elle calms him down and they drive to the Hollywood sign, admitting their feelings for each other and establishing rules for their relationship, most importantly that Lee never finds out. They share a passionate kiss and have sex.
Elle and Noah keep seeing each other in secret. Noah’s mother almost catches them in his room. Hiding under his bed, Elle overhears Noah's mother said he has been accepted to Harvard University, and that he must be nice to Elle because she has a crush on him. They share a laugh, and Noah makes Elle promise not to tell anyone about his college acceptance.
Elle falls and cuts her face in the garage while they are fixing Noah's motorcycle, and when Lee walks in he accuses Noah of hurting Elle. Surprised when Elle calms Noah’s anger, Lee asks Elle about her and Noah's relationship, which she denies but feels guilty. As Noah and Elle share a kiss after agreeing to tell Lee the truth, he walks in on them. The brothers fight, and Elle cries, asking Noah to leave her alone.
Lee and Elle reconcile, and Elle goes to prom with Lee and his girlfriend, Rachel. There, a replica of the kissing booth is brought out with Noah, who tells Elle he loves her. She explains she cannot see him due to hurting those she loves and runs away.
At Elle and Lee's birthday costume party the next day, Elle tells Lee that if he cannot accept her and Noah’s relationship, he should not be a part of her life. Lee relents and agrees to help Elle find Noah, who left for the airport to leave for college. Driving Lee's car, Elle shares her true feelings for Noah with Lee, who reveals himself to be Noah in Lee’s costume. Elle admits to Noah that she loves him.
In June 2014, Vince Marcello was hired to write the film adaptation of teenage author Beth Reekles' young adult novel The Kissing Booth, which was originally published on Wattpad. In November 2016, it was announced that Netflix had purchased rights to the film, with Marcello now set to help his screenplay. In January 2017, Joey King and Molly Ringwald signed on to star in the film.
The filming took place in Los Angeles, California, and in Cape Town, South Africa, with scenes shot at the University of Cape Town (UCT) between January and April 2017.
The film was released on May 11, 2018, on Netflix. According to Netflix, one in three viewers of the film have re-watched it, “which is 30 percent higher than the average movie re-watch rate on the [streaming service].” Deeming the film a huge success for the service, CCO Ted Sarandos called the film “one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe in the world.”
On February 14, 2019, a sequel was announced, titled The Kissing Booth 2. Kissing Booth 2 will be released on July 24, 2020, on Netflix.
Elle and Noah spend the following weeks together before he leaves for college. Watching him go, she is unsure if the relationship will last, but knows a part of her heart will always belong to him and rides his motorcycle into the sunset.
- Joey King as Rochelle (Shelly) “Elle” Evans, best friend of Lee and love interest of Noah.
- Joel Courtney as Lee Flynn, best friend of Elle, Noah's younger bro and Rachel's boyfriend.
- Jacob Elordi as Noah Flynn, Lee's older brother and love interest of Elle.
- Meganne Young as Rachel, Lee's girlfriend
- Stephen Jennings as Mike Evans, Elle's father
- Carson White as Brad Evans, Elle's younger brother
- Molly Ringwald as Mrs. Flynn, Noah and Lee's mother
- Morné Visser as Mr. Flynn, Noah and Lee's father
- Jessica Sutton as Mia, a popular, mean girl at school who has a crush on Noah. She is additionally the leader of the OMG (Olivia, Mia, Gwyneth) girls.
- Zandile Madliwa as Gwyneth, Mia's friend as well as one-third of the OMG girls.
- Bianca Bosch as Olivia, Mia's friend as well as the last third of the OMG women.