Director: Kay Cannon
Screenwriter: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Eben Russell
Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release Date: April 6, 2018
**This review was provided to us by Yolanda Machado of SassyMamaInLA**
Don’t let the Blockers trailer fool you – this movie is hilarious and empowering, with a strong message that doesn’t try to preach about sex or virginity in one way or another. Director Kay Cannon’s Blockers is the coming of age comedy I have been waiting for since I was an awkward, teenage girl full of curiosity and hormones, but having media tell me I was wrong for wanting to embrace my sexuality and having to figure everything out by bad advice and a whole lot of mistakes. A perfectly cast trio of comedy all-stars as the parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz) and three incredible young women as the daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon) make Blockers enjoyable, entertaining and a gut-busting good time.
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On the first day of kindergarten, Julie (Newton), Kayla (Viswanathan), and Sam (Adlon) meet and immediately become best friends, as do their parents Lisa (Mann), Hunter (Barinholtz), and Mitchell (Cena), although a bit begrudgingly. Fast-forward to senior year of high school, and the three girls are planning for prom night. Julie has been in a loving, six-month relationship with her boyfriend and tells her friends she ready to have sex. Kayla, after thinking about it, decides to do it too, not for love but just to get it over with and she already has a guy in mind. Sam, however, joins on the sex pact when she feels changes coming to the trio that she isn’t ready to deal with, in part because she has yet to come out to her friends. When prom night arrives, the parents decipher (in a hilarious and way too real scene) what the girls have planned, and for different reasons, they set off on a mission to cock block their daughters… what happens on the way will have you laughing for days.
Mann is perfection as Julie’s single mom, who is more in fear of losing her daughter than of her daughter losing her virginity. Her comedic timing has never been more on point, and as a mom herself, Mann brought a very natural element that made Lisa feel realistic, a little neurotic, but sympathetic and loving. Cena is fantastic as the big tough guy who is a huge softie for his daughter. Where other actors may have played Mitchell is a stereotype we have all come to dislike, Cena finds the heart and the humor of a man wrestling with the idea of his baby growing up. Barinholtz may be well known for his comedy chops, but even in moments where Hunter may be slightly annoying, he finds a way to make Mitchell the voice of reason.
While the majority of the story is the parents chasing their daughters, the trio of young women hold their own and then some. Newton, Viswanathan, and Adlon have a natural chemistry that gives the audience reason to believe they have an entire history together. While the three characters are as different as can be, they are supportive of each other, and none fall into a stereotype or launch into some over the top speech on empowerment and what it means. They are empowered just by being themselves, which is both more realistic and refreshing.
While many are comparing it to Superbad, in a way, that is doing Blockers a disservice. Yes, they are both very funny, but Blockers is more than just a girls raunch comedy – it’s a refreshing look at how women talk about sex to each other and a bit of a love letter to parents raising a new generation of intelligent, AWSEX-positive positive young women. It’s both one of the funniest films of 2018 and one of the best parenting films I have ever seen. With Blockers, you can learn a few things while having a great time at the movies.