It may be predictable, it may be unoriginal, it still manages to be damn funny regardless. The originality bug did not bite but the funny bone has been tapped I assure you. Featuring hilarious performances from the parents and kids alike, Blockers also features a welcomed element of heart, when it’s not dicks and boobs all over the screen. This is a great way to approach a raunchy comedy, to not only feature the gross out but also simply clever, humor with a great sense of timing. Blockers isn’t a movie I would call memorable, it’s lack of originality does hinder it a bit but for a bland looking tour of dick jokes, it does what was intended. For that reason I can say Blockers is worth the watch, at least one.
The main three, Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz have a wonderful chemistry as parents lost at the end of their children’s childhoods. As their kids face the mountain of losing one’s virginity the parents see their deflowering as an end of their kids’ innocence. If they can have sex then what do they need from their parents anymore?
Much like the movies Neighbors 1&2 dealt with the perceived loss of youth, Blockers approaches the same concept simply from a different vantage point. In Neighbors the middle aged couple saw the younger college age kids partying with no care in the world. They saw what they used to be but never realized that time had come and gone for them. In Blockers the three parents become friends when their children become friends. Once the kids are in high school the parents begin to see a major life change in the near future that involves their own kids growing up. The parents aren’t quite ready to let go just yet making for some hilariously awkward moments that can only be seen to be believed. Marco!
John Cena continues to impress as a comedic actor whose vulnerability in this film is a stark but funny contrast to his muscular build. His constant crying and timidness makes him the wimp in a group that tiny Leslie Mann is clearly in charge of. Small stature, big voice. Leslie Mann can be grouped into the same category as Melissa McBride and Jason Bateman as one trick ponies. The outlier though, McBride, has one thing missing for her, an ability to be funny outside of pratfalls. Her trick was old ten years ago whereas Mann and Bateman still manage to make their tricks work. Ike Barinholtz may not be a household name just yet but his face is quickly becoming very recognizable. Much like his character in Neighbors, he’s the outsider in a group who always goes for the gross out aspect. He’s funny, oddly likeable and a strong third leg of this particular comedic tripod.
Blockers is a coming of age story told not only from the perspective of the youth growing older but their fragile parents who are left wondering how time went by so quickly. It’s raunchy as hell while always being mindful that despite the ridiculous circumstances these are characters with doubts and fears of the future which I think we can all agree is highly relatable. It’s about these three parents letting their kids go into the world knowing they did their jobs as parents and raised three strong willed women ready to take on the reality of life after high school. Condoms and all hopefully.
Rated R For: crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity
Runtime: 102 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes, shortly after the end credits begin.
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Ramona Young, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan
Directed By: Kay Cannon
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 3.5/ Directing: 3.5/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 3.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: I could take it or leave it. But leaning towards yes, why not?
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