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12 Apr 2018

Just Say Yes: 'Blockers' Overcomes a Silly Premise to Become One of the Year's Funniest Films

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John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in Blockers. John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in Blockers.

A trio of deranged parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz) discovers a pact by their three daughters to lose their virginity on prom night, so they stalk them on their special evening in Blockers. This sounds like the basis for a crap movie, but as things turn out, it’s one of the year’s funniest.

Directed by Kay Cannon, the movie pushes the boundaries, pouring it on thick with (very funny) profanity and frank talk about high school seniors heading into sexual activity (not to mention drug experimentation and drinking). It handles its subjects in a surprisingly mature and even sweet way in the end, with the teenage daughters (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) having their acts together far more than their bumbling parents.

The always-reliable Mann gets a chance to really shine here; she is one of the best comic actresses in the game. Barinholtz gets a lot of laughs as the movie’s most messed-up character, while Cena continues to prove that he has the comic chops to hold his own with some of the best. This is one of those rare comedies that get consistent laughter from the opening scene until the end.

Blockers is playing at theaters across the valley.

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