Movie Review: Blockers (2018)

Synopsis: Julie, Kayla and Sam have been best friends since their first day of school and, as high school seniors, they decide they want to lose their virginity at the same time during prom. However, when their parents accidentally learn about their plan, they go out of their way to stop them.

Who's in it? The movie stars John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon.

Review: I'm not exactly when or how this got added to my Netflix DVD list because, from the trailers, it didn't look like a movie I'd be interested in watching. However, I wound up receiving it a couple weeks ago and, while waiting for our oldest daughter to get done with her Dungeons & Dragons group, my wife and I wound up watching it last night.

Overall, the premise is something, as a dad of two daughters, I could relate to and, to be fair, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. However, I still discovered I wasn't crazy about this film.

I think the biggest mistake the filmmakers made when it came to this movie was the decision to make it a comedy that focused on the parents. Again, I could relate to the dads in this film (Cena and Barinholtz), but I think the movie would have been considerably better had it gone in a different direction.

If it would have been my decision, the movie would have focused a lot more on the teenagers as they made a very personal and emotional decision. This could have been a thought-provoking film that about girls making difficult decisions regarding their bodies while navigating peer pressure, parental objections and hormones. Instead, we had a film that kind of discussed that but also featured John Cena doing a "butt chug." The latter kind of cheapens the whole message, in my opinion.

Another thing I wasn't a fan of when it came to this movie was the way the parents focused solely on the sex part and seemed to ignore pretty much all the other debauchery they encounter. Apparently, sex is wrong but drinking and drug use are OK? Or, at minimum, not as bad? Maybe it's just me, but I'd be much more worried about that part of it than the sex part and it makes me wonder if the movie even remotely understands parents.

Final Opinion: As I said before, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be but I do feel this movie could have been considerably better had it shifted the focus and not been a comedy. It was OK in it's current form but nothing special.

My Grade: C


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