The comedic trio of Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz keep you laughing from beginning to end in the new comedy, Blockers.
When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal. It seems like a flat plotline at first, but it is clearly a relatable topic for us all and the parental point of view creates a fresh perspective from the typical party film comparisons, such as Superbad or Project X.
The cast really works well together, especially Cena and Mann who steal the show. We all know Mann has been a staple in the genre since Big Daddy, but Cena really shines in this one and their quirky parental determination fuels the constant laughter.
The film also does a good job at balancing the slight sentimental moments of parenthood and growing up to make it tasteful and bring the story full circle. Between the nostalgic nuance of prom night, taking stabs at current social trends and questioning the status quo when it comes to equality of men and women, the underlying message is pretty powerful. And surprisingly, it isn’t lost in the jokes, but more powerful wrapped within the humor.
So whether you’re a parent or a high school student or somewhere in between you will find a reason to like this film.