Love At First Kiss Review – a complicated romance between friends

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: March 4, 2023


It’s a complicated romance film with an unlikeable lead character that makes poor decisions based on his gift.

Directed by Alauda Ruiz de Azua, we review the 2023 Netflix film Love at First Kiss, which does not contain spoilers.

Love can be extremely complicated, and finding someone is hard if you don’t put yourself out there. But what if you could see the future with the person you like? How would you approach that relationship? Knowing how something ends can be scary, but it’s up to you to determine if the journey to that destination is worth your time. Is it worth the adventure if you know the ending? Well, that’s life in general, and we’re all scared of something, but it’s better to live life to the fullest than overthink what could happen.

Love at First Kiss Review and Plot Summary

This film follows the life of a sixteen-year-old who can see the future of a relationship just from the first kiss of someone. From his teen years, he sees that love can be complicated. He tries his best not to get hurt again time after time, but sometimes he tries to avoid the future and live in the present. He only dates the women for some time before he breaks up with them to put off the inevitable. In a way, he has complete control over every situation and prevents anything terrible from happening.

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Javier (Álvaro Cervantes) shares that he has a gift with certain people, like his best friend Roberto (Gorka Otxoa), but things get messy. Javier continues experimenting, which strains his relationships because he doesn’t want to have this “gift” forever. Javier is a complicated character because the gift works in his favor, but it’s hard to root for him because of his decisions in this film.

Is the 2023 movie Love at First Kiss good?

The gimmick in this film gets stale fast because he doesn’t foresee the future and follows through every time. It happens one too many times, and the relationships he keeps in this film don’t work out. He quickly uses women to fill the void without warning them about this gift. It’s a bit of a selfish move on his part. One particular relationship in this film doesn’t work because of the betrayal and the secrecy, which makes it uncomfortable to watch.

Love at First Kiss is fascinating to watch because of Javier’s “gift,” but for a film that is an hour and a half, it tends to drag out a bit too long. There isn’t a character in this film apart from Ariana (Susana Abaitua) who viewers can connect with. It’s hard to care for these characters because of their decisions in this film. This film treats friendship as a second-rate relationship because romantic ones are more important, which is a bit of a turn-off. The chemistry between Javier and Lucia (Silvia Alonso) is only strong at the beginning but slowly fizzles out because Javier isn’t trustworthy whatsoever.

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It’s hard to watch a film with the lead man being so unlikeable and unable to understand him. That’s the main struggle with this movie. Sometimes if the lead character is complex, it makes it interesting, but in this case, there’s nothing emotionally connecting viewers to Javier’s mistakes throughout his life.

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