Rises Reviews 🎥. Movie: Blockers. For years, we have seen a lot of raucous teen sex comedies about a bunch of male friends vowing to lose their virginity as a rite of passage and that has been the driving force of films like Porky's, American Pie and Superbad, but have we ever seen one where it's the female characters having agency and tackling the double standards it raises? Well, look no further as we take a look at Blockers, the newest laugh a minute comedy from first-time director Kay Cannon (the writer of the Pitch Perfect movies) that is a gender-flipped response to said films as we follow parents Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), and their respective teen daughters Julie, Kayla, and Sam who have been friends since kindergarten and the girls are now on the verge of graduation. On the day of prom, the girls make a pact to have sex on prom night and after they take off with their dates, the parents discover their plan and venture to stop them. This movie is all around raunchy and hilarious with the elder actors delivery high energy comedic performances and being able to play off of each other through their verbal sparring over puritanical, old fashioned mindsets about the issue, the outrageous lengths they go through and the disconnection with modern culture and progress in contrast to the girls (who all have great chemistry) who are very aware what they're getting into and dont want to be perceived as damsels in distress as their overprotective, overly attached parents view them as. The film makes the argument between putting your foot down and having a open mind and learning to let go and in the end, even with it's anarchic spirit and R rated laughs, presents a very progressive and heartfelt edge that we dont often find in this films while maintaining the outrageous humor. Blockers is a riotous, unexpectedly smart and enjoyable good time at the movies. Rating: 8 out of 10.
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