Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Blockers (2018)

I saw the trailer to Blockers months ago which is the reason why I wasn't anything good from it. Actually, I was expecting it to be pretty damn bad which is why I wasn't planning on watching it. Unfortunately for my brain, I read some positive reviews and I watched it. 

Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) are connected with each other because their teenage daughters, Julie (Kathryn Newton), Sam (Gideon Aldon) and Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), are friends since they were little. While snooping in Julie's room, they stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity on prom night so they make their mission to stop them from sealing the deal. 

There's all you need to know about the plot as the film barely has a plot. And it's very clich├ęd too. The weird and great thing about it is that it is not as shallow as one would think after watching the trailer. There's some sort of coming-of-age plot going on with the adult characters as they realise that teens, their daughters included, need to make their own decision when it comes to sex, and it is quite charming. 

The story also emphasizes how our society, people in general but especially parents, views losing virginity in a completely different way when it comes to girls. If a teen guy does it, it is something to be celebrated; if a teen girl does it, it is some horrific thing that destroyed her innocence forever. Unfortunately, this theme isn't as explored as it should have as it is mentioned only by a couple while arguing. 

The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, especially the adults, and yet they manage to be quite likeable, with the younger characters being the most interesting of the bunch. The performances, on the other hand, are just decent. 

Universal Pictures
While the film is quite sweet and heartwarming, it is a bit disappointing when it comes to comedy. Though it's not as raunchy as I thought it'd be, and some of the jokes are funny, most of them didn't work for me and there wasn't really a laughing out loud moment in the film. 

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  1. I don't have much interest in seeing it. Plus, I just don't like John Cena.

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    1. He was funny in Tour de Pharmacy though.

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    2. True. That was the only thing he did that I liked.

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    3. That's the only thing he did I saw haha

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  2. I'm kind of curious about this so I'll probably catch it on DVD or HBO if it makes it there. But it's nothing I'm going to rush out to see.

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    1. No reason to rush but it's not as terrible as it could have been.

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  3. I remember seeing the trailer for this and then I think it came and went in the cinemas in just a week - and I'd forgotten about it completely! I do like the cast so I'll definitely see it at some point but I won't set high expectations!

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  4. I enjoyed this one a bit more than you did.. I think comedies need a certain mood and setting to work, and luckily for Blockers, it came to me at the right time.

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    1. You're so wright about that! Maybe I'll give it another chance in the future.

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