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The Kissing Booth 2 | 2020 | TV-14 | – 3.2.4

content-ratingsWhy is “The Kissing Booth 2” rated TV-14? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few implied sex scenes and several kissing scenes between teen couples (both straight and same-sex), many scenes of teen girls wearing cleavage revealing outfits, and bare-chested teen boys, a few teens running and falling without injuries, several arguments with some ending in tears, and some strong language and name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Best friends (Joey King and Joel Courtney) and their privileged social circle navigate the difficult world of their posh prep school life in Los Angeles, and they find that choosing relationships and selecting elite colleges can be equally challenging. Also with Jacob Elordi, Maisie Richardson and Taylor Perez. Directed by Vince Marcello. [Running Time: 2:11]

The Kissing Booth 2 SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A teen girl and teen boy are under covers in bed (the tops of their bare shoulders are visible) as she watches him sleep and sex is implied. A teen boy and a teen girl enter a dark bedroom and he lies on top of her and we can see part of her bra and both the teens’ bare shoulders as they kiss and the scene ends (sex is implied).
 Several scenes show different teen couples kissing for a few seconds. A teen girl hugs a teen boy platonically in three scenes. A woman in a tavern kisses several men on one cheek. A teen girl runs and jumps into a teen boy’s arms and they kiss for several seconds, twice in this scene. At a kissing booth, several blindfolded couples kiss for a few seconds, and two teen girls kiss for a few seconds as onlookers applaud. A teen boy who admitted to a friend that he is gay refuses to kiss a girl in a kissing booth, walks into the audience, and kisses another teen boy for several seconds as onlookers cheer. A teen girl and a teen boy end a dance routine in a competition with a long kiss as an audience cheers and a young man looks on angrily and storms out of the auditorium; the teen girl who was dancing becomes tearful and chases the boy who left, but cannot catch him.
 In a high school office with the PA switched on, a teen girl views a cellphone video of a man’s bare torso as he lifts weights and we glimpse his bare legs briefly; the girl says that the man is “dessert,” “a big meal,” and “knows how to get it,” as students throughout the school laugh and the principal enters the office and berates her. In two scenes, a teen boy tells a teen girl “I love you.” A teen boy takes the PA microphone in the school office and tells a girl in a classroom he loves her as students applaud. A teen girl accuses her boyfriend of having had sex with another girl and he denies it.
 A teen girl is apparently topless but not visible behind a large smartphone in the foreground as she snaps a selfie and says she will not send the “naughty photo” to her college boyfriend. At a high school, dozens of girls wear miniskirt uniforms and half a dozen cheerleaders wear miniskirts. One girl wears a series of V-necked tops that reveal cleavage. Two scenes include two shirtless male students (we see bare abdomens) and a beach scene includes several teen girls wearing bikinis, revealing cleavage and bare abdomens, a few boys are shirtless, and other girls wear short-shorts and we can see the bottom of a few buttocks. A female singer at a party wears a sleeveless midriff-baring top. A teen boy wears a bra on his head as a joke.


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The Kissing Booth 2 VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – Two college-aged young men argue and one makes a fist several times, but a female friend tells him to come away and he calms down and leaves. Two teen girls argue several times and in one scene one of the girls shouts and cries. A teen girl and a male college student argue by phone a few times and she becomes tearful each time. Several teenagers sitting with a few adults at a dinner table argue for several seconds; a teen boy walks out of the room and a teen girl abruptly stands up, accuses another teen boy and teen girl of lying about having a relationship, and leaves.
 A helmeted couple on a motorcycle races a couple not wearing seat belts in a convertible on a two-lane road; they do not encounter any traffic and we do not see the end of the race.
 A teen boy runs through school corridors, knocking down two teen boys and a teen girl (we do not see any injuries), he jumps from a landing over the stairs of a long staircase and rolls on the floor (unharmed), he continues running and collides with a male student wearing a large mascot head while carrying a cake that the runner hits face-first (the mascot falls without injury). A teen boy falls pretending to hurt his ankle and moans; we later see him walking with crutches. A teen boy is struck in the head by a volleyball and falls, but gets up without injury.
 Teens attend a Halloween party where we see costumes of a devil, Santa Claus and elves, Ghostbusters who shoot Silly String, a giant marshmallow, a glittery space woman, and several masks with big sharp teeth.
 A teen girl falls into a mud pit, stands covered in mud, and walks away, spitting a stream of mud from her mouth. A teen girl belches loudly. A teen boy smells a teen girl’s armpit and says it smells fine.


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The Kissing Booth 2 LANGUAGE 4

 – 1 sexual reference, 12 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, arrogant, stubborn, dork, naked boy, jerk, Get-It-Girl), exclamations (shut-up, shut your mouth, oh my goodness, oh boy, oh my gosh, whoop, what the…), 38 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Oh Lord, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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The Kissing Booth 2 SUBSTANCE USE

 – Men and women in a tavern scene hold pints of beer (no one drinks), men and women in a café drink a toast with wine, and a man sips from a glass of wine at a family dinner.


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The Kissing Booth 2 DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – High school, college, privilege, wealth, poshness, underage sex, jealousy, possessiveness, anger, fear, sadness, lying, trying to “fix” people, falling in love, relationships, friendship, family, conflict, rejection, loneliness, trust, making amends, reconciliation, planning for the future.

The Kissing Booth 2 MESSAGE

 – Transitioning from high school to college is difficult, with many changes and questions, even for rich teens.

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