Blockers: Film Review

Maybe I should start having low expectations for a lot of comedies because sometimes they end up being actually funny. Adding on to that, I’m not gonna be this protective about my child, if it’s a girl, just like the parents in the Blockers (rooster indicated for cockblockers in the marketing).

When three overprotective parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) found out that their teenage daughters’ (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon) made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, it’s only up to them to stop them from happening from possibly the worst nightmare any parent can ever know.

Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena in Blockers (2018)
Kay Cannon, the writer of the Pitch Perfect franchise, makes her directorial debut in this as it’s a big step up from writing to directing a big movie from Universal. But I wasn’t really sold on the film in the slightest. Though the main cast has made me laugh the past, the trailer didn’t really make me laugh whatsoever. After hearing good word of mouth from SXSW, maybe this won’t be a terrible movie to sit through. In the same compliment that I had with Game Night, this really surprised me so much to say Blockers is a great comedy.

Much of the credit should go to Cannon because since she has only been a writer for film and television, this wasn’t a disaster like a first-time director can handle. She perfects the story quite well and not being a tiring troupe that might not go well. She didn’t write this film, but Brian and Jim Kehoe script truly know how to make a lot of people laughing for a variety of reasons in Blockers. The premise did sound like it could be different because it’s from the parents’ perspective. But it also goes those touching moments that are pretty sweet when there are a couple revelations be to found in some character’s arcs.

Here you have a trio of talents that have some terrific chemistry with each other in all the scenes that appear in as the parents. Mann isn’t a stranger for being and this is definitely one of the best roles she’s given in years as Lisa, Julie’s single mother who’s a little overprotective. Barinholtz was the one who really stole every scene he’s in. Given that he worked in comedy before with The Mindy Project and the Neighbors films, he’s proven to be an underrated talent at comedy playing Hunter, Sam’s divorced dad and the kind of person you don’t wanna call. And Cena isn’t always the best wrestler turned actor in the world, but he’s surprisingly good in certain comedies. He’s a better performer when he’s in a comedy like this rather than the mediocre action movies he’s done before. His performance as Mitchell, Kayla’s father fits him.

Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena in Blockers (2018)Besides the chemistry between them, the three girls themselves worked well when they are on screen together or separate. Newton’s Julie, Viswanathan’s Kayla and Adlon’s Sam seemed like they are best friends in real life. Out of all the girls, Adlon’s Sam kind of has the best subplot about her own sexually.

Most high school sex comedies focus on the teens and their plan to lose their virginity. But it’s all about the parents overreacting to this idea that they would go through this process. And at a point where it does sound ridiculous why it’s scary for girls to have sex. Everybody has been comparing this to the likes of American Pie, Neighbors, and Superbad all joined together for a hilarious and memorable sex comedy. Not better than the latter, but it’s close to being up there.

Hilarious? Indeed it was. I was worried that this was gonna be filled with a bunch to gross-out gags that won’t be funny, and there are, however it works well for this type of comedy. So many moments had me dying’ laughing because of how crude certain lines or scenes were, and the jokes don’t hold back with its R-rating. Maybe it’s because the trailer didn’t show all the best parts of my account, but there were a couple laugh-out-loud gags almost made me laugh to tears.

Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, and Geraldine Viswanathan in Blockers (2018)
A lot of times when it comes to comedies nowadays, I very much so underestimated Blockers so much. This is honestly one of the funniest studio movies I’ve seen in the past few years that I can remember. Seeing that Cannon knows what she can do as a director, her next film better is on par with one of the best movies I’ve seen this year so far.

Blockers is outrageously hilarious throughout while also being surprisingly heartfelt for a teen sex comedy carried by the film’s balance of funny performances and writing.

Grade: A-


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