Laughs a plenty in Block­ers

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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.

Pic­ture: Quantrell D. Colbe

John Cena, Les­lie Mann and Ike Bar­in­holtz in Block­ers.

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