Title: Blockers Director: Kay Cannon Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 42m
“From the producers who brought you Neighbors and This Is the End, comes the outrageous comedy: Blockers. When three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) 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.”
1:52 - “I think our daughters are friends. I think that means we’re friends.” Does it? 4:08 - I like using the premise of an iBook as an excuse to spy on your child. 6:52 - Didn’t understand her football reference but he did, that’s way smart. 8:45 - “Yours can be special and perfect. Mine’s gonna be tonight. And with that dude.” 12:14 - She’s like the worst mum ever. 15:36 - Well, her iMessages sync fine. 21:28 - Frank really is the nicest! You have to go some to hate someone that nice. 25:53 - “She very well could have applied ironically.” 28:11 - You can’t argue with a hashtag. 32:38 - HAIZ! Yes for that being their song! 34:46 - Just realised this is like modern American Pie. 43:23 - “It’s all fun and games until there’s a decapitation.” 56:57 - “I saw the Tokyo one and I saw the one where the Rock punches the torpedo.” That about sums up F&F. 57:08 - WWVDD? 57:34 - “This slow and unfurious attitude is not helping.” 1:06:14 - “There is a lot of game left.” Haha, she was so convincing though. 1:14:23 - Is he breaking every hotel room door? Cos that’s gonna get expensive. 1:19:35 - Don’t forgive him that easily though, jeez. 1:28:00 - “We will be having some shots of alcohol please.” 1:34:19 - Kids getting their own back.
I had sort of written this film off as not going to be very good, but then I heard a Pop Culture Happy Hour episode where they put it in the same bracket as Game Night, and we loved that one, so why not give this one a chance?
I have to say upfront that I don’t like the premise of this film, and that parents being so involved in their kids lives makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. But, if you put that to one side, then it’s actually a fun movie. The three parents are terrible characters but great to watch unravel as they go on their self-imposed adventure. The kids are really self-aware and confident, strong enough to know what they want despite peer pressure from various sides.
There are plenty of good jokes, and maybe just a couple of dodgy moments that I didn’t particularly enjoy. I was also quite mad at how quickly John Cena was forgiven for throwing a boyfriend at a wall, but it wasn’t really the sort of film to dwell on stuff like that.
Not perfect, but far better than I thought it was going to be.