If you’re a fan of movies, comedies in particular, films like Blockers fall into the “raunchy” category quite easily. Rated R comedies in themselves can often be a mixed bag, you’re either going for the over the top sexual antics or the drug/alcohol adventures of the main characters, sometimes you even get a healthy mix of the two. If you’re over the age of thirty, Blockers also serves as a bit of a fascinating window into just how these types of films have changed over the years.
Helmed by first time director Kay Cannon, Blockers is largely entertaining and hilarious at times. Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz headline as the parents of their respective daughters and each bring something unique to the table. John Cena continues to push his way through into Hollywood and while he had some good material to work with in Blockers, it still feels like he hasn’t quite found his groove yet. As part of an ensemble, he bounces off his two fellow leads nicely. The other half of the cast, played by relative newcomers, while charming and funny at times, shine an unfortunate light on the weakest aspect of the story.
It may be a sign of the times, but the portrayal of the three daughters and their would be prom dates seemed to be more of an agenda push then what real teens act like. The role reversal of following a group of young women making a pact to lose their virginity is a great plot device, but in the case of Blockers, their would be suitors are unrealistic even for a comedy film. From what screen time they were given, the men come across as idealized, harmless non threatening male types. As the movie goes on, I began to see that even the intimidating stature of John Cena was subjected to this. It was enough to pull me out of the film to notice and given the political climate of today, instead of a happy middle ground it seemed to swing a bit too far the other way.
Issues aside, Blockers is extremely funny and a great first effort by its director. If you’ve seen similar movies such as American Pie, Neighbors, Sex Drive, Revenge of the Nerds, you’ll feel almost right at home here.