• by Wes Singleton

Blockers, B


Rated R, 102 minutes

Losing your virginity is a right of passage and an official introduction to adulthood, and nearly every other teenage film - including classics such as "Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" - deals with the issue. On that note, the charming and raunchy new comedy "Blockers" really isn't anything new as it deals with the subject too, but from a parent's perspective. Predictable, low-brow fun, it's less about sex than parents learning to let go.

Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) are three overprotective parents who flip out when they find out about their daughters' plans. They soon join forces for a wild and chaotic quest to stop the girls from sealing the deal -- no matter what the cost.

"Blockers" is an entertaining and heartwarming raunchy comedy that goes by as quick as the first time itself. It's directed by "Pitch Perfect" writer and producer Kay Cannon in her feature directorial debut, is produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and co-written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe. Dirty and raucous, the plotting is flimsy and somewhat noisy, but it works due to the appealing three leads, led with energy by Mann, Barinholtz and Cena, who make for a good uptight parental trio.

Some of the jokes are hit and miss, clearly designed for the raunch factor: a brief bit where everyone in a limo throws up seems unnecessary, as does an older couple's sexual escapades, both clearly designed for the raunch factor. However, there are others  more subtle that are genuinely funny, such as Mann telling Cena how to properly use quotes or when Cena's clueless dad says that "af" means African literature.

Even with that, the last act has a few remarkably touching moments, when all three parents learn the need to back off just a little, and props to the script for handling a character's coming out with both grace and humor. I enjoyed Barinholtz's slacker-ish Dad the most and he has the best one-liners; Mann brims with honesty in a hovering Mom role she's accustomed to, while Cena does his best just to keep up.

"Blockers" is hardly original, but still charming and enjoyable, and one of those "one and done" type of movies you can watch once and feel no need to watch again.

#blockers #johncena #lesliemann #ikebarinholtz #kaycannon #briankehoe #jimkehoe #kathrynnewton #gideonadlon #GeraldineViswanathan #sethrogen #evangoldberg

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