Laughs a plenty in Blockers
Blockers (MA15+) Kathryn Newton, John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Gideon Adlon Director Kay Cannon Review Leigh Paatsch 3.5 stars In the new comedy Blockers, an age-old clash of generations is reactivated in the interests of generating multiple moments of mirth and mayhem.
On one side of this plotting divide stand three partying teens giving in to urges they cannot deny.
On the other side are three panicking parents in a state of denial they cannot hide.
For the most part, Blockers succeeds wildly, whipping up huge waves of laughter from a set-up that could have struggled to make any kind of ripple.
What gives Blockers a consistent ability to amuse is its refreshing new take on the teen sex comedy, and its obvious accessibility. The three BFFs (Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Geraldine Viswanathan) who have made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night are sensible, smart and female.
Throughout movie history, that job has traditionally gone only to males with low IQs and high libidos.
Meanwhile, the three parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz) represent just about every adult with a teenage daughter.
The action takes place across one busy evening after the dutiful daughters have already left for the prom.
One of them has left open a messaging app on a home computer. One of their parents knows just enough about the suggestive nature of emoticons to ascertain that the girls are not planning to end the evening with a polite peck on the cheek from their dates.
What follows is a Superbad-ish journey into a night packed with surprises of an alternately seedy, sweet and surreal nature.
John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in Blockers.