Thanks to Universal Pictures we had the chance to see Kay Cannon‘s directorial debut ‘Blockers’ before its cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
When parents find out about the pact between their teenage daughters to lose their virginity on prom night things get frantic. Director Kay Cannon and writer of the Pitch Perfect movies takes a popular premise to the next level, showing the prom story from the parents’ perspective.
The parents, Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) become friends after their daughters befriend each other on their first day of school. After years of friendship, these parents think their job is done until they intercept a trail of crazy texting going on regarding the sex pact taken by their daughters, so they decide to take action.
The teens, Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) are very different. Julie, who is the only one with a long term boyfriend, drags the other two girls into the pact. Kayla who just wants to make the night memorable decides to party hard with her dopey date. While Sam, who hasn’t come out yet, also accepts so as not to disappoint her friends.
‘Blockers’ is better than it would seem. While there is a lot of physical comedy and silliness, it develops a heartfelt story around parenting and women’s empowerment.As we all know there is a clear gap between the perception of sex towards boys and girls. The virginity issue is usually treated very different between genders. In the film, there is a constant reminder of this situation, should the parents stop their daughters or just trust their judgment? In this case (and for comedic reasons) these parents will go above and beyond to stop their children closing the deal.
‘Blockers’ is an entertaining film from beginning to end, and as expected there is lot of swearing and bodily fluids going on, but overall it’s good fun. The gags are connected very well with the story and it’s not just a long sequence of goofy slapstick gags. The film has many heartwarming moments as the parents try to connect with their children.
Overall, ‘Blockers’ probably isn’t going to the comedy of the year but it features non-stop of laugh-out-loud moments, a talented cast and an original take on an over-used premise.
‘Blockers’ opens in cinemas March 29th