Ever since its release, The Kissing Booth has been touted as one of the most popular franchises. The teen rom-com currently has three installments. It was released on Netflix on the 11th of May, 2018. Written and directed by Vince Marcello, the franchise is based on Beth Reekles’ book series of the same name. As far as the book is concerned, it only has three installments. Does this suggest that the fans’ favorite movie franchise, too, ends?
Will The Kissing Booth be renewed for its fourth part or not? Read this article till the end to find out everything in detail.
What is the Storyline of The Kissing Booth?
The Kissing Booth revolves around teenage high school drama. It narrates the story of a girl called Elle. She is in her final year of high school with her best friend, Lee. The two friends decide to keep the kissing booth for their carnival festival. At the festival, she kisses her best friend’s brother, Noah, and later starts dating him. But Lee is unaware of the affair, which creates a lot of complications between the dearest friends.
Who is in the Main Cast of The Kissing Booth?
The primary cast of The Kissing Booth includes the following actors:
- Joey King as Elle Evans. She is the lifelong best friend of Lee and Noah’s girlfriend.
- Joel Courtney as Lee. He is the best friend of Elle, Noah’s younger brother, and Rachel’s boyfriend.
- Jacob Elordi as Noah Flynn. He is Lee’s older brother and Elle’s love interest.
- Meganne Young as Rachel. She is Lee’s girlfriend and fiancé.
Will there be a fourth part of The Kissing Booth?
According to various reports, The Kissing Booth will not be renewed for the fourth installment. The third part of the movie was released on the 11th of August, 2021. The makers have confirmed that the film ends in its third part. As a result, the fans are disappointed.
Not only just the makers, but the cast also highlighted that the third part of the movie is its end. In an interview, King stated, “It is very emotional to say goodbye to a character you have been playing for this many years and also playing this character through such important moments in my life.”
Another actor, Elordi, quoted that The Kissing Booth 3 is really the last kiss and the movie will not be renewed for its fourth installment.
“I think I would like to see them all in a nursing home together. That would be cool that would be quite interesting. Maybe it’s like the film is a series of monologues of them recounting everything that happened from 20 to 92.”
The biggest indication that the third part would be the last comes from the author herself. According to her, the third movie and book are the final chapters in the story.
“When I finished the edits on The Kissing Booth 3: One Last Time, and when I watched the third movie for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I sobbed my heart out. I felt like I was grieving, and I was. This is all ten years in the making, ten years of Elle and Lee, and Noah, and now…now it’s all come to an end, it’s the end of an era.”
Why Fans are Hugely Disappointed with the Third Part’s Ending?
Ever since the release of the film’s second installment, fans have waited to know Elle’s final decision. In the second part, Elle is struggling with choosing the right college. She applies to Harvard University as Noah suggests, but her best friend, Lee joins the University of California, Berkeley. The third part of the movie did not highlight this side of the story but showed an entirely different plot.
Elle neither goes to Harvard with Noah nor Berkeley with Lee. Instead, she goes to study video game design at USC. The third installment also shows a time gap. The whole scenario became a dilemma for the fans. They were confused about what happened to the protagonist during the time jump.
The movie ends by showing that after six years, Elle is developing her own game. She and Lee are closer than ever. Additionally, Lee has also reunited with Rachel and got engaged after college. In the meantime, Elle sees Noah for the first time since their breakup, and the latter reveals his job offers at law firms in Los Angeles and New York. He suggests going on a motorcycle ride with Elle when he is back in town to which she agrees. They part ways and look back at each other.
The ending of the third part didn’t go well with many people. The fans did not get to see Elle’s college experience, something they were expecting the most. Moreover, fans were also waiting for some romantic moments that did not show up.
In an interview, Joey King addressed the issue.
“I am excited for people to paint their own picture. It’s soup for interpretation. But, I mean, the last frame of the two of them, I know what I can guess based on that. And I hope that the fans have a really good time guessing. I just want to make sure that for me, for all the filmmakers, and for all the fans, our send-off was just right. I really hope they feel that way.”
Why is there No Possibility of the Fourth Part?
There are many reasons why makers are not keen on renewing the movie for its fourth part.
Firstly, the author herself has stated that the book ends in three parts. It means the makers do not have any further stories to work on. All this while, they have been seeking inspiration from the book, and if the book doesn’t have a fourth part, the makers have decided to put an end to this franchise.
Another vital reason The Kissing Booth will not have the fourth part is its poor rating. The third part of the franchise received many negative reviews worldwide. According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Kissing Booth got an approval of 21 percent on 19 reviews, bringing its average rating to 3.4/10.
There Could be a Spin-Off
While the makers have canceled the movie for its fourth part, there is always a good chance that the story could return as a spin-off or TV series.
The Kissing Booth has always remained popular on Netflix. The OTT channel might take its craze into consideration and plan the tale for as long as it pays. That said, there has been no official word from the makers or producers on the spin-off. Meanwhile, the fans can only presume.
Know These Interesting Facts About the Movie
There are Two Different Shooting Locations
Many people assume that the movie is entirely shot in LA. However, they are wrong. While the story of The Kissing Booth is set in a Southern California neighborhood, the movie is actually shot in South Africa, with some scenes shot in Los Angeles, like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach.
When Joel Courtney Hurt Himself on the First Day of Filming
Actor Joel Courtney cracked his chin open on the very first day of shooting. It was supposed to be a swimming pool stunt, and the actor apparently whacked his chin on the door of the Mustang. He had to leave the scene and rush to the hospital.
The Third Part was Shot Quietly Alongside the Second Part
You may be shocked to read this, but The Kissing Booth 3 was quietly filmed alongside The Kissing Booth 2. The cast of the movie revealed this trivia in an interview.
You Can Spot the Author in the First Instalment
Do you know that the author, Beth Reekles has a cameo in the first installment of The Kissing Booth? It is a small screen appearance during the costume scene. You will spot Beth dressed as a flapper in a champagne color dress. She is also wearing a blue feather boa.
Fun on the Set
The filming of all parts of the movie had been nothing but fun. Joey loved playing pranks on her on-screen BFF while on the set. She even posted a video on her official IG account. In a video, Lee is hanging out near a Dance Dance Revolution game while Joey sneaks around him. After a few seconds, she pulls down his pants and starts laughing hysterically, leaving Joel highly embarrassed.
Two Actors Dated in Real Life
Many people are already aware that Joey King and Jacob Elordi actually dated each other for a while. The duo met on the sets of the movie in South Africa. Joey revealed how their relationship grew from an on-set friendship into an adorable blossoming romance.
“There wasn’t one moment. When we first met, I, he, and Joel went out to dinner, and we had the best, most fun night ever. By the end of dinner, we had like six inside jokes. We were so close, and throughout filming, I was just best friends with Jacob. We were open books with each other. There was nothing we wouldn’t talk about. He is just so great. After the first month, I was like, ‘Hmmm, I think I like him.’”
Unfortunately, the duo parted ways in 2019.
One of the Most Watched Movies on Netflix
When The Kissing Booth was first released on Netflix, it became one of the most-watched movies on the OTT platform. It was confirmed by the streaming service’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the movie was one of the most-watched films in the country and maybe in the world at that time.