‘Blockers’ Movie Review
‘Blockers’ Is Not The Female ‘American Pie’
Universal Pictures has been pitching ‘Blockers’ as the female version of ‘American Pie’ or something which hardly made sense when I saw the first preview for the film months ago. I couldn’t figure out how you could make a female version of ‘American Pie’ as the high school sexual conquest for teenage boys and girls is dramatically different.
Thankfully, ‘Blockers‘ knows this and instead focuses on the parents’ adventure to stop their daughters “sex pact” on Prom Night. If it were the female version of ‘American Pie’ the movie would have been over in a total of ten minutes when the teenage girls who for some reason haven’t figured it out by senior year that if you mention sex around teenage boys, they’re typically game to have sex with you.
As the teenage girls are mere side characters in this film, it’s not necessary to try and deconstruct them. There’s Julie (Kathryn Newton) who is blonde, pretty and popular. Her sidekicks and BFFs from childhood are Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) whose the only funny one of the group and Sam (Gideon Adlon) who plays the nerdy and misunderstood type.
The always fabulous and funny Leslie Mann is the single mom of Julie, wrestler turned funny guy John Cena, the father of Kayla and the hysterical Ike Barinholtz as the uninvolved father of Sam. We meet all of them on the first day of school when they are dropping off their daughters for the first time and watching them become friends walking in that day, suggesting these parents will be lifelong friends as well.
On prom night of their senior year, Julie decides that will be the time for her to lose her virginity to her boyfriend. Kayla quickly wants in on this so they can every year celebrate they’re “Sexversary.” Sam remains cautious about this but eventually gives in, and #SEXPACT2018 is set in motion and underway.
It’s only after the girls leave for prom that things get interesting when Lisa (Leslie Mann) keeps hearing the sound of her daughters iMessages on her open MacBook. Along with Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), they snoop and discover the plan their daughters have in store for the evening and decide there’s nothing else to do but stop them from making such terrible decisions.
Hilarity ensues as they set out on an adventure to track down their girls and stop them. Fun chases, some fun gross-out humor and a fun stop at a house involving fantastic cameos from Gary Cole and Gina Gershon as the married parents of Julie’s boyfriend.
Leslie Mann can’t seem to escape the roles that her husband Judd has cast her in since ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin‘ which is fine, she’s excellent at playing the tightly wound, screeching, funny mom role and she’s great in this. I’m not sure what to make of John Cena just yet, I don’t think he has any real acting chops but he’s a giant, and when you turn him into an over-emotional dummy, of course, you’re going to get a lot of laughs. The scene stealer, as usual, is Ike Barinholtz (MADtv, Neighbors, The League, The Mindy Project) who is so damn funny in this as the dad of Sam. He’s gone through a divorce, and he’s a terrible father, but he cares about and loves his daughter.
I wasn’t expecting a lot from this film going in and was pleasantly surprised at how much I was laughing throughout and by the time it was it over. ‘Blockers‘ isn’t some pro-feminist romp or even an actual ranchy teenage girl movie. Parents and older audiences will probably get the most enjoyment out of this film as it touches on some sentimental moments of parenting and letting go of your babies and the choices you make in allowing them to make decisions on their own. ‘Blockers‘ also is fun if you’ve experienced your own version of senior prom and lets you revisit that moment from your life if only for a few hours.
Take a look at the Trailer for ‘Blockers’ Below:
Blockers (2018) – Universal Pictures
Directed By: Kay Cannon
Written By: Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe
Cast: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz
Running Time: 102 minutes
Rated R for crude & sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying and some graphic nudity.