Blockers is every bit as stupid as it sounds, and yet at the same time, it’s not actually all that terrible either. John Cena, who you may remember as the star of last year’s Academy Award nominated animated film Ferdinand, plays Mitchell, a protective but overall caring father to his daughter Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan). Kayla and her two best friends Julie (Kathryn Newton) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) decide that they’re ready to have sex. To make it special, they each agree to do it on prom night, finding the perfect match and each experiencing in on the same night. But word gets out. Their parents become aware. So Mitchell teams up with fellow parents Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) to prevent their daughters from going all the way.
John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz are the film’s three star players. Surprisingly enough, the screen time between the adult cast and the teenage cast is split fairly evenly, almost making this a multi-narrative story in a way, but it’s the adults who steal the show. Their comedic chemistry is impeccable, leading to a number of unforgettable sequences involving beer chugging, nude hide and seek and so much more. Cena sometimes feels as though he’s trying too hard, but when he works he works, and Blockers is far from the worst film in his filmography (remember that time he popped up in Fred: The Movie? Yeah, I’m trying to forget that too).
Blockers doesn’t boast with cinematic beauty or anything memorable in the technical side of things, but at the end of day it’s just a fun movie. Kay Cannon’s directorial debut makes evident her room to improve, but describing it as bad would be unfair. It’s not. If anything, it’s fine, and for a film that really shouldn’t have worked in the first place, fine is good enough with me. Where else are you going to see John Cena chug beer up his ass and throw a dude through a wall in the same movie? Exactly. Didn’t see that in The Marine.
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