By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
It sure seemed as if “Game Night” would be this year’s biggest breakout R-rated comedy, but now the new movie “Blockers”
very well may be.
With “Blockers”—actually titled “c— blockers,” debuting director Kay Cannon (“Pitch Perfect” series and TV’s “30 Rock”) has managed to juggle crudeness and raunchiness with plenty of old fashioned sentimentality. The result is a surprisingly hilarious and heart-warming comedic caper.
“Blockers” centers around three high school girls, Julie (Kathryn Newton, TV’s Supernatural”), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan, TV’s Miracle Workers”) and Sam (Gideon Adlon, TV’s American Crime”). They’ve known each other since pre-school.
They’re no longer little girls and are about to approach that rite of passage: Prom Night. Julie (Newton) is the most adventurous of the bunch and is madly in love with her cute boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips, TV’s “Riverdale” and “The Good Wife”). Kayla is crushing on Connor (Miles Robbins, son of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon) who is a man-bun wearing, small time campus drug dealer.
As for Sam (Adlon), she’s not sure if she likes boys or girls. Although she hangs out with her nerdy friend Chad (Jimmy Bellinger, TV’s “The Middle Finger”) all signs point to Angelica (Ramona Young, TV’s “Santa Clarita Diet”) being her true hook up.
Each of the girls make a pact that they are going to lose their virginity on prom night. They talk in very graphic detail about how they expect things to go down.
That’s before Julie’s single parent mom Lisa (a hilarious Leslie Mann, “How to Be Single”) finds out about what the girls are up to from an emoji laden text she notices on Julie’s computer.
Sam’s divorced and insecure father Hunter (a hilarious Ike Barinholtz, “Suicide Squad” and “The Disaster Artist”) can’t believe it and Kayla’s overprotective and super sensitive dad, Mitchell (a scene-stealing John Cena, TV’s “Dallas & Robo”) goes ballistic much to the surprise of his wife Marcie (Sarayu Blue, TV’s “No Tomorrow”).
Each parent remembers what they did on prom night and the thought of their daughters getting wild and crazy is just way too much for them to deal with. So, Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell scheme to “block” their kid’s sexcapades.
This is when “Blockers” revs into high gear. The parent’s night is filled with some of the most outlandish comedic bits and sight gags. Not all of them are home-runs, but most of them do fly.
What also makes “Blockers” stand out from so many other similar R-rated movies, is screenwriters Brian and Jim Kehoe give each character their own space to shine.
Hannibal Buress has a small role as the new husband of Hunter’s ex and their exchange is priceless. Gina Gershon (“Shotgun”) and Gary Cole (TV’s “Chicago Fire”) star as Austin’s sexually liberated parents.
Kay Cannon keeps this raunch-fest firing on all cylinders. “Blockers” is an exceptional teen comedy that leaves a good lasting impression.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.