Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Kathryn Newton
Director: Kay Cannon
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Comedy | 2018
Synopsis: Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.
The synopsis kind of speaks for itself. It’s a comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz, three parents who follows their daughters around trying to stop them from making bad decisions… at least that is what they are telling themselves the whole time.
Being a comedy, there are things that happen (that happen in almost every comedy these days) that make it funny but not technically hilarious. Yes, I found myself laughing numerous times throughout the film, but I have to ask myself - was I only laughing because the other people in the theater were? Honestly, I think that is probably the case. There was one part that I found really funny… that probably wasn’t even supposed to be funny… but I couldn’t help but laugh at the stupidity of the joke.
The three characters Lisa, Mitchell, and Hunter have a strange relationship. They only know each other because their daughters are best friends. Mitchell is the sports dad who has a lot of feelings. Lisa is the single mom who is coping with her daughter going off to college next year. And Hunter is the father who lost his relationship with his daughter in a divorce.
The film is one of those cat and mouse movies, where the girls evade the parents unknowingly and the adults go through one thing after the other to try and track them down. There’s naked men, drunken teenage parties, car chases (well sort of), throw up, and strange sex scenes that don’t make sense but are probably only in there due to the fact of the synopsis.
Blockers isn’t a bad movie, it’s just not the best either. Other than the comedic scenes and the one explosion (yes there’s an explosion), there’s also that “moral of the story” thing where the parents realize that their children have grown up and need to be themselves and be their own person. I’m going to give this movie an “okay” rating. I love Leslie Mann in pretty much everything I’ve seen her in. I felt like John Cena and Ike Barinholtz played their roles well. Barinholtz is his typical personality on screen, much like he was in the Mindy Project. And John Cena being the emotional buff guy. Worth the watch, but perhaps wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray (3/5).
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