kathryn’s review published on Letterboxd:
this started as a reasonably interesting movie about how stifling it is to be pushed by your parents to be the perfect candidate for colleges which is something i have a lot of thoughts about and would have liked to watch and then it turned into the most self aggrandizing rich kid disruptors dream which is not something that i ever wanted to watch. i think there are a lot of mistakes in the way they told this story even beyond it not being a good story. like i went to a private high school in the bay area where the vast majority of students were first or second generation americans and were also insanely rich and the pressure from parents and from peers and the school and various cultures was so intense its a miracle anyone gets out of there alive and i promise you when they do they are without fail going to 4-year institutions. like when i had my suicidal break in my junior year i learned about some school policies which force students who are deemed high enough suicide risks to leave the school so that the school wouldnt be famous for how many of its students killed themselves. among other things i mean its a school very focused on its image and its relationships to universities the politics of that is so weird too apparently the year i graduated was a year when ucsd snubbed the whole school and either no one or only 1 kid got in i dont remember which. and that makes it this super weird thing that you can claim you were wrongfully denied by schools and its not just you being egotistical like its an actual thing defined by the relationships between high schools and colleges. like ucsd rejected me and when i got the email i was like well i do kinda suck cant blame em but one of my good friends told me this whole conspiracy and ever since then ive had that what if feeling which is so weird i would rather just take the hit to my pride.
but anyway i mean this is a really terrible depiction of that feeling and i know it very well although i did not have the rich kid part of this story so i guess i dont understand that piece but its like it is not that easy to defy parents who have been ruling you your whole life. although i also dont get that piece i feel like im misconstruing my life right now by saying these things that part i just know from my friends. but i just mean its like this kid woke up one day and realized wait a second im rich and white and i live in malibu and then just started doing whatever tf he wanted which is not a compelling story or something anyone can really relate to. and the schools called cali high that made me cringe anytime anyone said it out loud. and also they try sooo hard to seem in with the kids its so painful to hear them try to make up slang although there was a moment when a characters big emotional revelation is given in the line "i have a finsta" and i know how that sounds but in context it was actually super normal sounding so i have to give them props for that one correct usage of an actual slang word. the cars in this movie also seriously pissed me off everyone is driving the worlds most expensive bronco talking about how hard their lives are like pleeease take a moment of self reflection. and also the freaking girlfriend dont even get me started shes just the character thats there to show our main guy that his life is easier than he thinks but shes like a token traumatized girl and in like the first scene where they spend time together she smashes her moms boyfriends car so now she cant stay home so shes homeless. ok. then every following scene shes perfectly content and comfortable and we learn shes going to europe after graduation to "couch surf." ok... then we learn shes playboy bunnying ? in spain or something its not clear until she refuses to do that so now shes in spain... still homeless...? shes never presented as actually struggling or having a more difficult time than the main character so her presence is seriously confusing and the things they say about her are just lines shes fed when its clear the character herself is not experiencing the things shes saying. its just bad. but the actor for brett which is a name i hate by the way looks like a knockoff alex honnold but my age which i find extremely attractive although im gonna take a second and talk about my type now i absolutely have no interest in any guy who is very into social media meaning like instagram twitter etc because i have many male friends and all of them are super cool guys and none of them have any interest in social media and i contrast that with guys ive met as ive lived life and the ones who are into it are generally significantly worse. yet who am i but another young woman in the age of instagram why am i on my high horse. but anyway movie sucked the parents sucked and this idea of harvard being so in love with my man brett that they offer him a visiting professorship when hes just some dumbass 18 year old who didnt graduate his high school because he blew it up and his claim to fame is miming breaking a clarinet when in reality all he did was take it apart like you do when you are putting it in its case is just so insane it actually makes me angry. also very curious why the poster for this is in spanish because this is an american english language movie. better than the kissing booth though