Director: Kay Cannon
Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena
Release Date: July 3, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
From the producers who brought you Neighbors and This Is the End, comes the outrageous comedy: Blockers. When three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
‘Blockers’ tells the story of three parents to teenage girls who after uncovering a pact between their daughter’s to lose their virginity on prom night set into action in order to do everything possible to stop them from actually doing so. As the night unfolds, these pesky parents remain hot on the trail of their daughters while finding themselves repeatedly entangled in random misadventures along the way. Meanwhile, the kids don’t find their night going quite as anticipated either, especially as hidden secrets and second thoughts begin to arise amidst the hilarious mishaps and drunken excitement that seems to follow both groups throughout a night that none of them are ever likely to forget.
Directed by Kay Cannon who is probably best known for her writing and producing work, having written all three installments in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ franchise along with more, this time making her directorial debut from a screenplay by duo Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe (Overachievers), Cannon does a highly capable job at the helm of ‘Blockers’ guiding the raunchy fun along with apparent ease. The film also includes a well selected cast that features a number of truly funny people and includes Leslie Mann (This is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), John Cena (Sisters), Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Geraldine Viswanathan (TV’s Janet King), Gideon Adlon (TV’s American Crime), Sarayu Blue (TV’s No Tomorrow), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe) and Gary Cole (Office Space) along with more, the majority delivering pretty solid and fitting performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Blockers’ is a wildly fun and offensive raunchy comedy that delivers a constantly entertaining comedic misadventure with plenty of laughs and ridiculous moments that come together into a pretty solid comedy movie that is certainly well worth a watch. It may not have anything overly important to say and many of the directions it heads seem awfully familiar, yet for a film whose primary goal is to merely provide a healthy collection of raunchy laughs and plenty of over the top fun, ‘Blockers’ does a pretty great job of accomplishing its overall goal. It’s guided along its amusing course by director Kay Cannon and her capable guidance is tremendously complimented by a well selected and funny cast that includes Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena and a number more that don’t disappoint. Anyone that tends to appreciate similarly vulgar and hilarious raunchy comedy films or is a fan of the key cast members will definitely want to try and check out ‘Blockers’ when you have the opportunity. It’s a pretty hilarious, occasionally heartwarming and just plain enjoyable comedic ride from differing viewpoints that should have very little trouble serving up plenty of laugh out loud moments and consistent fun at the absolute least.
Overall, ‘Blockers’ is a hilarious, raunchy and unapologetic comedy that brings plenty of laughs and a slightly different, yet somehow equally familiar story and pattern that while not quite managing to hit every intended mark nonetheless finds itself more than capable of providing one notably amusing and entertaining misadventure from start to finish. ‘Blockers’ is definitely recommended, especially for fans of similar comedy movies with a raunchy and offensive nature, along with those who are fans of any or all of the funny folks that comprise the cast and really make this goofy and amusing ride work as well as it does. Chances are that anyone willing to cough up the cost of a rental won’t have any regrets about doing so and is liable to have a pretty great time with this one.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Blockers’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and delivers a sharp, detailed and richly colored presentation from start to finish, with no noteworthy faults to be found throughout. It holds up beautifully even during the darker and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that should have no problem whatsoever satisfying fans of the movie and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves up a clean, crisp and occasionally quite active audio presentation throughout. It regularly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music, crowd chatter and other fitting audio elements throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, and making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible at all times. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way necessary and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Blockers’ includes a decent collection of amusing bonus content. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Kay Cannon’, in addition to a few ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 3 minutes in length altogether), plus a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 3 minutes) and a ‘Line-O-Rama’ (approximately 7 minutes). We are also treated to a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes and fun videos that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes and videos are: ‘Rescue Mission’ (approximately 5 minutes), ‘Prom Night’ (7 minutes), ‘The History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz’ (2 minutes), ‘John Cena’s Prom Survival Kit For Parents’ (3 minutes), ‘Chug! Chug! Chug!’ (3 minutes) and ‘Puke-A-Palooza’ (2 minutes).
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