The relationship between teenagers and their parents are a complicated crossroads. Whether or not these kids have good relationships, it can be agreed that most parents only want what's best for them. This extends to their school life, social circles, home, and most importantly, romance. Once kids enter high school, they are at a point where they have the ability to enter romantic relationships and are ready for the responsibility that comes with it. Parents have a job to remind their kids about what that could mean; sex.
There are two factors that every teenager needs to understand when it comes to sex. First, sex should be something reserved for someone you care about and are not just doing it for that sake of bragging rights. Using sex as an emotional tool is the biggest mistake one could make. If done with the wrong person, it'll only make your feel worse that you've given yourself to a strange person. Second, sex cannot happen without protection. Sex is a big step in any relationship, so it must be taken carefully to prevent anything from happening prematurely. In Blockers, we get a dose of not only parents understanding what it means for their teen children to go through with sex, but what it means to accept their growing up.
Three parents, single mother Lisa (played by Leslie Mann), overprotective father Mitchell (played by John Cena) and free spirited father Hunter (played by Ike Barinholtz) have three teenage daughters who are about to head off to the prom. Lisa's daughter is Julie (played by Kathryn Newton), who are best friends, but is afraid to leave her mother when she goes to college. Mitchell's daughter is Kayla (played by Geraldine Viswanathan) who shares her father's love of sports, but is rebelling against his overprotective nature. Hunter's daughter is Sam (played by Gideon Adlon) who is a closeted lesbian who also resents her father and his infidelity (which is what lead to her parents divorce).
The three girls agree to lose their virginities to their dates to make the night extra special. Lisa finds out through a text message and tells Mitchell and Hunter about it. They agree to find their kids and stop them from doing anything. Not only do the parents have a wild night of trying to find their kids, but are confronted by the possibility that perhaps things should proceed. Meanwhile, as prom and the parties commence, the girls start to ponder what their really doing.
There is plenty to like about Blockers. Not only did I get some expected one-liners and physical gags, but the movie also addresses a more feminist perspective on sex. Let's get one thing out of the way; Blockers is a very funny movie. Not only does the script take advantage of dealing with smart aleck teenagers, weird parents, and things kids today are capable of, but it's main performers are all on fire.
John Cena is one guy who I'll admit I've been warmed up too. The track record for wrestlers who become actors can be a bit spotty and John Cena is one guy who I wasn't too sure about. Though he was wooden in movies like The Marineand 12 Rounds, he's gotten more comfortable and seems more ready now that he's stuck to comedies. Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz both get their turns to do a lot of funny material and even manage to get in some sentimental moments for their characters. I was pleased that their teen daughters even got plenty of moments to be funny and show a lot of humanity within their night, showing that their not just stereotypical party girls.
Where Blockersalso succeeds is being a lot more feminist then it originally leads on. Though Blockersmay seem like a raunchy high school story, it also underlies the double standard that a lot of parents fall into, in which that boys are celebrated for having sex and yet girls are chastised for it. I think it's because there's an idea that women think more emotionally then men do (which isn't true), so thus they're not as trusted with their first round with sex. There's even a scene where the parents end up talking with another mother about this.
I'll give this four and a half roosters out of five. Blockersis fearless and progressive with this particular genre. It's respectful and thoughtful when it comes to how their teen daughters are portrayed and remains funny as a bonus. This is a comedy that I'm glad we have. Blockersshouldn't be blocked, and is given a high recommendation.