848. Blockers

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.”

Live blog

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.

Conclusions

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.

Rating: 4/5.