Who Really Takes the Crown?

Grace Staggs

Netflix never fails to impress its ever-growing teenage girl crowd with its teenie-bopper high school coming-of-age romance movies. Two movies of this variety seem to stick out more than the rest. The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before both caused an outburst of love for the characters and actors starring in these Netflix films. Ever since the release of the second movie, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have been busy talking up a storm in an attempt to answer this simple question: which lovey-dovey #relationshipgoals movie belongs on top?


After reading countless posts arguing one way or another, I decided to do some research myself. This extensive research process involved one couch, two movies, and three bowls of popcorn. After almost four hours of tentatively staring at my screen, two things happened: I had to take some ibuprofen for my headache, and I came to the following conclusions.


The Kissing Booth is an interesting movie with a somewhat relatable plotline and likeable characters. The movie plays at the struggle between friendship and love in a new and creative way, and the friendship rules added a unique and adorable touch. However, it features an unhealthy relationship and the height difference between the two main characters (Elle and Noah) is so noticeable that it makes it hard to focus on the storyline when they are standing next to each other. Additionally, the relationship does not make sense. It plays off of the classic and annoying theme that the “bad boy” changed for the “good girl,” which is cringey and unrealistic to say the least.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a very sweet movie with a great soundtrack, and I applaud this movie for the specifically half-korean half-caucasian main characters. The movie did a good job of not playing into stereotypes and bringing light to characters that hadn’t been seen before in other movies (because there’s no one quite like Chris). It also brings up some important and very real problems that real life teenagers have, from single-parent households to finding a seat in the lunchroom.


After trashing on The Kissing Booth so much, I feel like I need to say something bad about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so that when I reveal which movie is factually and unarguably better, it is less predictable, and perhaps even closer to a plot twist. For that reason and that reason alone, I will say this: the movie was cheesy, plain and simple. It was a predictable love story with some twists that did not seem to really change the ending, and for crying out loud, the entire conflict at the end could have been prevented if the characters just communicated for three seconds.

So now, the verdict. Surprise, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before wins it all. This is the same verdict that most people on social media have come to; however, there are still those The Kissing Booth fans! At the end of the day, Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship was more healthy and generally cute than Elle and Noah’s.