Director: Kay Cannon
Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Hailed as the female Superbad (2007), following the Prom Night (and Sex Pact) antics of three teenage girls- Blockers seems like the coming of age comedy that the #timesup generation need.
The film centres around the three best friends Sam (Gideon Adlon), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Julie (Kathryn Newton) at their high school prom- the last big blow out before they all head of to college. To mark the occasion, the girls have decided to make a pact to lose their virginity that same night.
Cue three over protective parents- Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) who accidentally stumble upon the girls group chat, and to their horror discover #SexPact2018. The parents then make their own pact- they must stop their kids from losing their virginities tonight- no matter what.
The three girls display three different character tropes. Sam is the closeted shy friend, Julie the blonde cheerleader and Kayla the party girl. This gives the audience three very different ‘first time’ experiences, and the parents three different journeys to take in coming to terms with their daughters new maturities and sexualities.
The two perspectives that this story is told in gives a nice balance to the movie. The girls are experiencing heart felt, sometimes emotional moments, but the parents supply the comedy. It is the perfect 50/50, and helps bring out the seriousness of the subject matter to light, as well as the hilarity.
However, I am not sure whether it was the pressure of following in the footsteps of the teen movie giant Superbad, but at times it feels like Blockers tries a bit too hard to be outrageous. There is a LOT of toilet humour, and the dialogue is full of unnecessary swearing. Whilst a lot of this is left to the girls, the parents are not short of their own bordering on vulgar action- just wait until you see John Cena chugging alcohol to gain entrance to the party where the girls are… you will never look at him the same way again.
There are genuinely laugh out loud moments though, and it would take a real party pooper not to find the movie enjoyable or funny. It never goes as far as Superbad does with it’s egregiousness (although I doubt any movie could get away with that nowadays!) and the sweetness in it’s lighter moments makes up for any vulgarity. Leslie Mann is reliably hilarious, and is probably the highlight of the movie.
Overall, Blockers is an enjoyable watch, but nothing extraordinary. It is a great date night movie, or to put on and watch if you’re bored, but has definitely not reached the classic heights of it’s predecessor Superbad. A solid three stars from us.