Tony's Take


Parents Can Be Such…

Back in 2007, “Superbad” made waves around the World for its inside-look at today’s youth and their Prom Night escapades; in its’ vulgar, sex-obsessed, booze-filled glory.  11 years later in “Blockers” (produced by the writers of Superbad, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), we get another look into today’s youth’s Prom Night goals; only this time from the girls perspective.  With High School coming to an end, three best friends Julie (Kathryn Newton) Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), and Sam (Gideon Adlon) make a #SexPact2018 to lose their virginities on Prom Night.  As they set-out to Prom, Julie makes a fatal mistake by leaving her laptop open, exposing her mom (Leslie Mann), and Kayla and Sam’s dad (John Cena and Ike Barinholtz) to their crude, emoji-filled messages revealing their plan.  In hopes to save their daughter’s from making a big mistake, these three parents attempt to track them down by crashing Prom, surprising a pair of sex-crazed parents (played by Gary Cole and Gina Gershon), drinking with kids, and crashing a hotel party.  But do they accomplish their mission or do the girls follow-through?  You’ll have to see it for yourself!

I remember when “Superbad” came-out back in 2007; I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, how cool is this?  I can relate to what these kids are thinking!”  Sure, I may have only been a freshman in High School, but it definitely resonated with me and obviously made me laugh til I cried!  I’m happy to say that, though it’s only been 11 years, “Blockers” is the “Superbad” for this generation and especially for the girls!  So many of the jokes, references, and one-liners are female-centric and caused plenty of gut-busting laughs.  Be careful not to watch too many trailers or clips, though.  It’s not as if all of the best bits have been given away, but there are some incredible ones that are best left discovered in a crowded movie theater.  Consisting of a cast mostly-centered around 6 people, “Blockers” is absolutely carried by the strength of all of them.  Each of the characters are given their moment to shine and they don’t disappoint; especially the mostly-unknown newcomers!

As I said earlier, I truly feel that this film will resonate with moviegoers as much as “Superbad” did, if not more so.  However, “Blockers” makes a strategic move by showing both the girls side and their parents’ sides; opening the door to an even-wider audience.  Not only will this payoff at the box office, but I fully expect it to become a new favorite among adults, both young and old!  “Blockers” also does a great job of not just becoming another crude comedy.  Throughout the film, there are plenty of strong, moral messages inserted throughout; but they aren’t just thrown-around, they make sense contextually.  Sure the film sacrifices pacing for it, it’s only major issue, but it makes it that much better of a complete film and, honestly, that much funnier!  The film has a run time of 102 minutes which causes its pace to alternate a few times throughout so it can deliver both its comedic goods and life lessons.

“Blockers” is absolutely hilarious, with laugh-after-laugh beautifully-intertwined with important, heartfelt messages that will resonate with adults of all ages.  The film is undoubtedly the “Superbad” for this generation and is groundbreaking as it shows the “Prom Night escapades” from the girl’s perspective.  If you are looking for the laughs this weekend, look no further than “Blockers”!!


BLOCKERS is rated R for crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity, in theaters APRIL 6TH!

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