“Blockers” Brings Comedic Stage to High School Prom

I enjoyed “Blockers”-it surprised me, it made me laugh, and I liked the characters enough to root for them, but not enough that laughing at them was painful. It scratched an itch similar to “Game Night,” and it did so with a fairly straightforward, relevant message. There’s nothing to dislike about this movie, except maybe its idea: that responsible sex is nothing to worry about. In the event that you’re already turned off by that message, I doubt this movie is powerful enough to change your mind. It’s less about persuasively telling that message than using it to set up jokes. But there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when the jokes are this good.

Cartoon by Lo Wall

You might like its message, you might not. But I guarantee you that this movie will make you uncomfortable at one point or another: hilariously uncomfortable—uncomfortable in the sense that it will make you think, “This would never happen, and the fact that it is happening is ridiculous.” While you’re thinking that, something even more insane will happen-insane, that is, without breaking realism, which is another achievement. Everything could happen, in some dark timeline, and that’s a very modern Hollywood comedy approach. Hell, even the title is poking and prodding at the boundaries of what’s acceptable.

John Cena is a funny guy. He plays a caricatured, overprotective version of himself way out of his depth, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The two other leads, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz, play the textbook helicopter mom and scummy absentee dad that you’ve seen in plenty of other movies. But they own these archetypes to the umpteenth degree. They take these well-known characters to your sexy, uncomfortable, disappointing prom. They don’t belong by any means, which is the source of most of the film’s comedy.

If you liked the jokes in the trailer, you’re going to like the comic style of the film. Gary Cole and Hannibal Buress anchor the supporting adult cast, but the young actors are no slouches either. Even Chad, a young character positioned as schlocky and off-putting, will probably win you over in the end with his overabundant confidence. Top marks all around for the cast.

There’s not much more to this movie, to be honest. Don’t go looking for philosophical musing or gunfights. Go looking for touching moments of both kinds, some good points on the double standards of young sexuality, and expect it all to be played for laughs.


You’ll like this movie if:

You’re in the mood for a raunchy, feel-good comedy.

You enjoy watching a semi-likeable adult make a fool  of themself.

And his name is JOHN CENA!


Skip this movie if:

You’re uncomfortable with gross-out humor.

You’re sure that sex is purely for the married and for procreation.

You’re not willing to watch a movie with male genitalia, copious vomit, lots of butts, or tastefully brief sex.

Jordan Berman

Jordan Berman

Jordan Berman is a Class of 2018 creative writing major and computer science minor who writes movie reviews so you don't have to. He is interested in good movies and making fun of people who list 'long walks on the beach' as an interest. He exists only so long as you believe in him, so keep him in your thoughts three times a day. Or don't.

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