17 Iconic Movie References You Missed in The Kissing Booth

Love it or hate it, The Kissing Booth has become one of 2018's biggest pop culture sensations. The Netflix movie, starring real-life couple Joey King and Jacob Elordi, has elicited impassioned reactions from viewers of all ages, many of whom have their fingers crossed for a sequel.

If you've buckled to peer pressure and watched the teen rom-com, you may have experienced a bit of déjà vu during certain scenes. You're not going crazy; many of the pivotal moments seem to be homages to romantic comedies from the '80s, '90s, and beyond. Here are all the references we could pluck out — what else did you notice?

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The OMG Girls
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The OMG Girls

The OMG girls are less of a nod and more of a cliche at this point. The cliquey crew has been done to death in movies ranging from Heathers to Mean Girls.

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The "Embarrassing" Romantic Gesture
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The "Embarrassing" Romantic Gesture

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The Late-Night Phone Call
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The Late-Night Phone Call

This might be a stretch, but Elle calling Noah in the night really gave me Drive Me Crazy vibes.

04
The Big Party
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The Big Party

See: every teen movie ever . . . but especially Can't Hardly Wait.

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Dancing on the Table
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Dancing on the Table

Ah, another hat-tip to 10 Things I Hate About You. The original scene? Iconic.

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The Towel Tumble
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The Towel Tumble

I loved it the first time when it's Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal.

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The Red Curtains and Lit Letters
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The Red Curtains and Lit Letters

This is straight out of the poster for High School Musical.

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The Spinning Kiss
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The Spinning Kiss

Another scene we've witnessed so many times.

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The Garden Gazebo Kiss
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The Garden Gazebo Kiss

A kiss in the greenhouse, eh? Sort of like in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones? This set looks like a replica of The Sound of Music.

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The Beach Fail
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The Beach Fail

A beach party sounds like so much fun! Until someone ruins it . . . just like that time Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) has to flee the press at the big beach bash in The Princess Diaries.

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The Boardwalk Moment
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The Boardwalk Moment

The classic under-the-boardwalk shot! As seen in Grease, Dear John, and even Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

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Molly Ringwald!
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Molly Ringwald!

This movie is clearly inspired by some iconic teen films, so it's very fitting that they cast the star of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and more.

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The Live Cover Band
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The Live Cover Band

A hip band playing covers of classic tunes? Yes, you've seen it in several teen movies. Good Charlotte sings "I Want Candy" in Not Another Teen Movie, Letters to Cleo is featured singing "Cruel to be Kind" in 10 Things I Hate About You, The Donnas cameo in Drive Me Crazy — I could go on . . .

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The Long Airport Goodbye
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The Long Airport Goodbye

First of all, this is basically the opposite of the infamous "Colorblind" scene in Cruel Intentions (RIP Sebastian). Secondly, a goodbye at the airport? Come on. How about you just watch Garden State, Love Actually, Sleepless in Seattle, or any number of rom-coms?

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The Wheels
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The Wheels

WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE GIVE HER HIS MOTORCYCLE? Anyway, this is a clear reference to Annette Hargrove's (Reese Witherspoon) final scene in Cruel Intentions.