Blockers – Movie Review

May 04, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

A refreshing take on a coming-of-age flick, Blockers successfully tells the story of three high school girls making a sex pact on their prom night while simultaneously telling the same story from the point of view of their parents, who are just not ready for their daughters to be adults.

Lisa (Leslie Mann) joins forces with Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) when they accidentally stumble on their daughters’ plot to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa’s daughter Julie (Kathryn Newton) has sparked the idea, deciding it’s the perfect time to become intimate with her boyfriend of six months. Not to be outdone, her friend Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) decides she’ll also lose her virginity, randomly pointing out a smug, long-haired hipster in the school cafeteria to be her conquest. Timid Sam (Gideon Adlon) reluctantly agrees, fearing she’ll be left behind by her friends.

The over-protective parents set off on an evening of unimaginable drama, stalking their daughters and their bewildered, unsuspecting lovers-to-be, in a misguided attempt to keep their daughters from “making mistakes”.

It’s the directorial debut for Kay Cannon, the writer of the Pitch Perfect series, and she nails it. All of her female characters are strong and kick-ass, but their strengths are in their differences. The male characters can be stubborn and pig-headed, but also compassionate and sympathetic.

Newcomer Viswanathan - surprisingly revealed to be an Aussie - is easily the standout. Her tough, competitive character, Kayla, is breaking free from a disciplined upbringing but has a remarkably healthy relationship with her dad.

In a genre that rarely tells this type of story from a female perspective, Cannon has created a film that’s witty, ridiculous and a great deal of fun, but which has a subtle, underlying message of female liberation and empowerment.

-Laura White

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