Quick Review: Blockers

Blockers is a film that smashes together different types of comedy styles into one film. Just when the film feels like a heartfelt, or coming of age flick, it shifts gears towards the raunchier side. In a way, the film is like the indecisive teens within the movie itself. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Blockers isn’t a bad movie. It’s not worth seeing in theaters though, but would be fine from the comfort of your home. NO SPOILERS

When three female best friends make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, their parents execute a plan of their own to hunt them down & stop them. Naturally, lots of shenanigans occur as the parents try to disrupt the special night. This is the basic premise of Blockers. Some critics have judged this film by saying it suffers from an identity crisis because it doesn’t know what kind of comedy it wants to be. While I agree with that statement, who cares! It’s a comedy. If you want structure and a thought provoking story arc, go watch films that are primed for the Academy Awards.

Leslie Mann (This is 40, Knocked Up) plays Lisa. She is the kind of mom who always interferes in her teens life, and wants to prevent her daughter from making the same life mistakes she made. John Cena plays Mitchell. Hollywood is really pushing to make John Cena the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as he transitions from wrestler to actor. His character is what I would expect. He’s understanding, but would kick your ass. While all three have laugh out loud moments, Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors) is the comedy relief jackass of the trio.

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Typically, teen comedies are filled with partying, drugs & sex. This film is no different. The teen aspect in the film is extremely cliche. However, instead of having a group of guys trying to lose their virginity, it’s girls. That’s about it. While that aspect is cliche, having this kind of perspective from the parents point of view brings a nice change of pace. Typically, parents aren’t a center focus in teen flicks. While ridiculous at times, their personal issues and concerns seem very real. As a result, this film really tries to appeal to both sides. For the most part, it succeeds.  I guess you could call it a teen flick for adults and teens?

The constant gear shifting might not be for everyone. Although, I found it refreshing. Blockers is a decent comedy.

Score: 7/10

Pros

+ nice take from the parents perspective

+ Has some very funny moments!

+ I liked it better than the trailer

Cons

– cliche teen story

– Might shift gears too much for some.

 

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