FILM REVIEW | The Kissing Booth 3

For the second time this year, a popular Netflix YA trilogy has come to an end.

And much like To All the Boys: Always and Forever back in February, The Kissing Booth 3 was far from the soaring series end one would have hoped for.

The third instalment of the franchise saw main character Elle Evans (Joey King) once again torn between maintaining her lifelong friendship with best bud Lee (Joel Courtney) and growing her relationship with boyfriend - and Lee's brother - Noah (Aussie Jacob Elordi).

None of them are in high school any longer and Elle must decide where she'll go to college - Berkeley with Lee as they've always planned, or follow Noah to Harvard.

And beyond all that, the trio and Lee's girlfriend Rachel (who is given next to no screen time and is easy to forget) are living together in the brothers' family beach house before it's sold off to developers.

Because of the impending sale, Lee and Elle decide to tick everything off of an ultimate list of things to do before college, which they had created years earlier.

Final outing: Meganne Young, Joel Courtney, Joey King and Australia's own Jacob Elordi star in the final instalment of the Kissing Booth trilogy, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

Final outing: Meganne Young, Joel Courtney, Joey King and Australia's own Jacob Elordi star in the final instalment of the Kissing Booth trilogy, rated M, streaming now on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

For a film so packed with ideas (we haven't even gotten to the Elle and Noah's jealousy over their partners' opposite sex friends or Elle's dad's new girlfriend) it still manages to feel like nothing really happens.

Rather than being a coherent film, The Kissing Booth 3 feels like a collection of montages - like all the ideas that hit the cutting room floor in previous teen movies were jam-packed into this one.

All the characters' biggest problems have been resolved in the previous two films, so they're either rehashed or the characters make ridiculous decisions this time around.

On top of being just a not very enjoyable story, the actual acting suffers in this film too, with many of the cast members slipping out of their American accents and completely ruining the viewing experience.

On the plus side, the music is still great (Time After Time, Shut Up and Dance, Hello) and some of the ridiculous montage moments are actually pretty fun.

But largely, the movie just doesn't work and is a sad let-down to a series that started off really fun and carefree.

Hopefully the cast can all move onto better projects in the future.

Rating: 5/10