A problematic scene in the popular Netflix
movie “The Kissing Booth” is being called
out for its apparent normalization of one of
the main character’s violent tendencies.
British blogger and comedian Ryan Maxwell
explained the damaging effects of a scene in
which the two main characters — Elle Evans and
Noah Flynn — fight during a beach bonfire .
Noah, a “reformed” bad-boy who
has well-documented anger issues,
loses his temper and hits another one
of the film’s male characters.
This causes an upset Elle to leave, but Noah
chases his girlfriend to the parking lot while
shouting, “just get in the car, Elle”.
She ignores him and keeps walking,
to which the character slams his fist on
his car and repeats his demand louder.
Elle freezes in her steps as her face turns white,
and then … she complies without further dispute.
Of course, nothing negative befalls
Elle, but in real life, a protagonist such
as herself might not prove so lucky.
Maxwell believes the movie’s romanticization
of such controlling, violent behavior sets
“an awful example for young girls”