Blockers is a 2018 comedy film directed by Kay Cannon in her directorial debut and written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe. The film stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena as a trio of parents who try to stop their daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon) from losing their virginity on prom night. Blockers was produced by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
Julie, Kayla and Sam are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa, Mitchell and Hunter are three overprotective parents who find out about their daughter's plans. They join forces for a wild night to stop the girls from sealing the deal.
Blockers seemed to be the average teen sex driven ridiculously over the top comedy film that we've all come to know, but calling it just that isn't doing the film the justice it deserves. I admit I was very skeptical about Blockers. I thought it was just going to be another bad, but somewhat fun comedy. I'm glad to say I was wrong. Blockers was a great film.
From the acting to the story, everything worked. There were some less than great moments, but as a whole the film really works. One thing that I loved about this film is that it doesn't try to be anything else. It know exactly what it is and it accepts it.
It's rare for a film like this to get so deep, but it accomplishes it beautifully. Blockers is better than it has the right to be.
The acting was one of the best parts of the entire film. Usually in a film like this the acting is pretty standard and it usually doesn't stand out, but not in Blockers.
The performances were all great. From the parents to the kids they all delivered. In my opinion Leslie Mann gives the best performance. She was wonderful, and what I loved most about it was how real it felt. It never felt like she was trying too hard, and none of the performances feel forced.
The film just feels so natural. Everyone bounces off each other, it's great to see.
Of the main three I thought John Cena was going to be the weak link. I didn't think he was going to be bad, but he does have the least experienced out of the three. I'm glad to he was actually great, and he played his role perfectly.
Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon play the role of the three teens, and they do a great job. At times it really feels like they've known each other for their whole lives.
As a whole the acting was great, and each role was perfectly cast.
The plot is where this film separates itself from the rest in the pack. I love the fact that Blockers stays true to what it is, but still manages to show us something new. We get the same ridiculous comedy we're used to. John Cena literally chugs beer up his butt. However when the film wants to connect on a emotional level it does.
One thing I loved is how much the film actually made sense. You could get behind, or at least understand most of the characters decisions based almost entirely on their motivations. These character all felt real. When they weren't doing something for the purpose of comedy they were really relatable.
Leslie Mann's character doesn't want her daughter to go out of state for college, and she gets being alone. Ike Barinholtz's character believes this is his last chance to fix the relationship with his daughter. There's enough here to make the whole film feel so authentic. We also have a character dealing with her sexualality and peer pressure. I thought Kay Cannon did a fantastic job creating a funny film while keeping it grounded enough to feel real.
This was a solid directorial debut for Kay Cannon. She managed to get all the charm she put into the Pitch Perfect films.
Blockers exceeded my expectations. I think this is a testament to how to properly make an original film without destroying what made the genre great.
Blockers had great realistic characters, even better acting, and a plot that stayed within the clichés of the genre, but still managed to breakout and make something new. I truly believe this is a classic. One of the best comedy's of the year.
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