Thursday, April 5, 2018

Blockers Movie Review

Leslie Mann & Ike Barinholtz (r) star in Blockers

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series.) The comedy is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment's Chris Fenton (47 Ronin.) Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake (Don't Breathe, Juno) executive produce with Chris Cowles (Collide) of DMG and Josh Fagen, Dave Stassen and Jonathan McCoy. The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz & Schlossberg and Eben Russell.

On its surface, Blockers looks like any other sex comedy film (horny teens + overprotective parents + prom = mayhem & tomfoolery.) And for the most part, it is... save for its ability to make you double over in laughter (a lot.) Credit that to the aforementioned familiar prom night theme, and a likable lovable cast that executes beer-chugging, high-speed chases (complete with vomiting) and naughty sex games with equal aplomb. Best of all, it's relatively good-natured, and appeals to adolescents and adults alike, with one hilarious moment after another, tucked inside a tidy 102 minutes. I can hardly wait for a sequel.

Grade: B+