Blockers is a comedy aimed at both teenagers and their parents, and I am exactly between the two demographics but still thought the trailers were exciting. Being a twist on the American Pie formula, it follows three young girls looking to lose their virginity on prom night and their parents battling to stop that happening.
The three young actresses playing the teenagers are fantastic. The trio of Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon have fantastic chemistry is an immediate hook and you buy into the characters being best friends despite all being very different girls. They also share chemistry with each other their respective parents, and this dynamic between the cast does wonders for the film. Their prom dates are also pretty solid, with Miles Robbins as Connor the stand out there.
Leslie Mann is great as the single mum struggling to let go of her coming of age daughter, as the reality of her daughter no longer being there every day sets in. Alongside her also dealing with that struggle is John Cena, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how well he does in the role. He has some of the funniest moments in the film for me which he sells well, a lot of this coming from his willingness to do anything for the laugh. Ike Barinholtz rounds out the trio, an actor who you’ve seen in several films but never known his name until now. He is great in the film, initially seeming like a one note character but developing a lot through the film and we learn a lot about his journey.
The cast’s chemistry is the driving force behind what makes this film a thoroughly entertaining film to watch. The jokes landed throughout for me and the heartfelt moments scattered into the film are effective because you have bought into these characters by the time those moments arrive. There is a case to say some of the moments aren’t quite as earned as they should have been, but considering the one hour forty-two minute run time I think the film does well to get any emotional pay off in there alongside all the laughs.
The film does clip along at quite a frantic pace, with a bit of a messy first act where the film stutters a little whilst it gets going. There is also a touch of odd editing choices, and one scene in particular where there seems to be something missing to explain how the parents get out of a situation (the naked marco polo scene, if you see the film you will know what I mean).
I honestly have to say Blockers is a surprisingly funny and entertaining film, and one that I would recommend to anyone with a similar sense of humour to me. Once it gets going, the laughs start flowing regularly and I think this comedy will end up as one of the funniest of the year.
Good: The cast’s chemistry alone makes the film entertaining, and the introduction of Butt Chugging to my life is something I will never forget.
Bad: Some questionable editing and a stumbling start the only real issues, some may find the humour to be a little juvenile or crass.
8/10 – Thoroughly entertaining comedy with a WWE star that isn’t Dwayne Johnson.