Blockers (2018) – Review

When three doting parents unearth a plot that their daughters have conjured together to lose their virginity on prom night, the trio do all they can to prevent them from making, in their minds, the biggest mistake of their young lives. An at times really funny and heart-warming coming of age story that adds no shame to the comedy genre. Blockers is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Kay Cannon
Writers: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz

As far as the plot and storyline tend to go for comedies of this nature, Blockers did a great job of covering many different social issues that friends and families alike face. Examples coming in the form of the pressures that young people of today are faced with when it comes to the expectance of losing their virginity, questioning their sexuality and their complicated relationships with relatives.

Not only did the movie highlight these issues, it also included quite a few laugh out loud moments that weren’t as predictable and crude as you’d come to expect from similar films. The humour was largely original and well timed throughout and you’d struggle to build a case when it came to actively disliking any of the main characters cast.

Each of the unique characters successfully managed to bring something different to the table, especially the parents. Lisa (Leslie Mann) came across as the typical overprotecting single mother while Mitchell (John Cena) was the surprisingly emotional father that had a prime purpose of protecting his child at all costs, while Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) was the more laid back and carefree parent but deep down embodied many of the same feelings his two co-characters did too. The teenagers that the story primarily revolved around were also superb throughout, even if at times their script was a little predictable and corny.

In terms of the ultimate payoff, it has to be said that it was somewhat predictable however, with each of the parents coming to the realising that their respective daughters were all more than capable enough of making their own decisions – irrespective of whether they turned out to be good or bad – but Blockers did manage to portray a warm message to the viewer while doing its best to make you laugh at the same time.

It may not be worthy of a strong recommendation but it’s certainly not the worst way to spend a casual evening on your sofa watching Netflix.

“Graduation is for losers!”

Hunter – Blockers

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