Blockers

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Blockers

'American Pie' gets an update – and potentially even an upgrade – with this hilarious, parents'-eye view of teenage sexuality.

Proving once again – especially after last year’s 'Girls Trip' and 'The Big Sick' – that comedies are the undiscovered country for expert (if not Oscar-nominated) acting, 'Blockers' gives the willowy, trembling Leslie Mann two bookends that are, without a doubt, her finest onscreen moments. In the first, she’s offering tame suggestions to her prom-bound, sex-minded daughter ('Mom, are you going to be okay?' the kid asks, concerned). In the next, the tears rain down Mann’s face like a shower with robust water pressure as she’s saying upbeat goodbyes to a child with college on the horizon.

In between those two scenes comes a wonderfully crude film (we're talking 'Superbad' levels of raunchiness), but one in which the overall vibe is sweet: kids patiently waiting for their parents to grow up. On the occasion of their daughters' big high-school dance, three over-concerned parents (Mann, Ike Barinholtz and a revelatory John Cena, a hulking, teary-eyed mess) become aware of their girls' plan to pop their cherries. Furious at this 'sex pact' – it even has its own hashtag, #SEXPACT2018 – the olds decide to mount a counteraction. (There's a clue in the fact that the movie's title once had another word before 'Blockers' that rhymed with 'clock'.)

Snappily directed by debuting director Kay Cannon (a screenwriter on the 'Pitch Perfect' trilogy and, more substantially, '30 Rock'), 'Blockers' brews a bubbling panic among the parents, invading where they shouldn’t and brandishing their concern like fake IDs. Between butt-chugging and other weird sex games, they get into more trouble than they asked for. The three kids and their respective dates aren’t as well drawn, but the film finds an unexpected path to acceptance and even maturity. Mining uptightness for all its comic potential, 'Blockers' comes down, proudly, on the side of the unblocked.

By: Joshua Rothkopf

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 30 2018
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kay Cannon
Screenwriter: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe
Cast: John Cena
Leslie Mann
Ike Barinholtz

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I went to a preview of Blockers with not so high expectation. To be honest, I was expecting the boring American rom-com with a plot that has been used and reused in many Hollywood blockbusters. Oh boy, I was so wrong. Blockers is a comedy starring John Cena, yes, the wrestler, but this shouldn't put you off as in this film he played his character in a brilliant way, giving to it credibility and not making me associate him to John Cena the wrestler not even once throughout the film. This comedy tells the story of a group of teenagers making a pact they'd like to accomplish during prom, but beware of the plot as it could put you off. This film is rich in humour and many 20 something may be able to relate to it, as it deals with teenager's issues communicating with parents, friendships, college decisions and issues with boys. It's credible, well made and you'll be surprised to how much you may enjoy the story.