Netflix has been producing some romantic comedies and I have of course indulged! I watched the Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I highly recommend one, and I hated the other.
Let’s start with the worst. The Kissing Booth. This was one of the worst movies I watched all summer. I believe that it was a low budget movie cause the hair was terrible, the acting was horrible, and the bad storm scene hurt my movie-loving soul. Let’s put aside the bad cinematography, and focus on the toxic relationship between the two main characters.
GIRLS we do not like bad boys because they are controlling, emotionally abusive, and they want in our pants after the second kiss.
GIRLS we need to have some backbone and to not act like that horribly manipulative girls.
The whole relationship showed what you should NOT do as a girl and as a guy. I was infuriated by this movie, but I was astonished that it blew up on Instagram. We should not have celebrated this movie, we should have demanded a better representation of a healthy relationship. I love romantic movies and especially books, and I might have liked this movie when I was 14, but I know so much more now, and I cannot condone this movie for girls, or for guys.
Now, to the good stuff.
I liked this book when I read it, and I was so excited that it was turning into a movie because we need some more girls of color main characters. GIVE ME MORE.
I loved the colors, the clothes, the music, the family aspect. I loved the cute boys. I loved how it’s about a real girl who has unrealistic expectations. I could relate to her fear of getting close to someone. I loved how it showed the friendship between her and Peter before falling straight into love.
Of course, this still is romanticized, but it wasn’t toxic and filled with misogyny and bad hair. I did get super jealous of her cute clothes, I can never aspire to look that cute, but oh well.
What did you think of these movies? I would love to know if you agree or disagree with me!