BLOCKERS Brings A New Angle to an Old Genre

I was on board for BLOCKERS for Ike and Leslie – love those guys. Sadly I couldn’t get to yet another media screening so Kernel Blake got all the laughs and, thank the film deities, ranks it high. BLOCKERS is releasing this coming Thursday 29th in Australia for a bit of Easter holiday action, where I will be front and centre to view. It is rated MA15+ and runs for 102mins. Enjoy Blake’s thoughts…….all the best…….Salty. 

 

Blockers Gideon Adlon, Kathryn Newton and Geraldine Viswanathan image
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BLOCKERS may seem like a strange name for a film about high school students and their parents. However, due to censorship, the real name of the film, C**KBLOCKERS, wasn’t allowed. For the purpose of this review, I shall cleverly circumvent this issue by using French. So, COQ BLOCKERS then, what’s that all about?

THE STORY:

Over the years, the teenage raunchy sex comedy has had plenty of mileage. From ANIMAL HOUSE to VAN WILDER to AMERICAN PIE, they’ve all dipped their fingers (no pun intended) into the risqué comedic genre. COQ BLOCKERS on the other hand, goes a slightly different path. Yes, there is some raunchy humour throughout the film, but the focus is more on the parents than the titular high school students.

Close friends since their first day of school, Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Aussie newcomer Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) are super pumped for their high school prom and make a pact to each lose their virginity and make it a night to remember forever.

Their parents meanwhile, who have drifted apart over the intervening years of their kids’ first meeting, come together to send off their kids for the big night. When Julie’s mum, Lisa () accidentally discovers a group chat between the three girls outlining their plans for the night, she enlists the help of Kayla and Sam’s dads, Mitchell () and Hunter () respectively, to help her preserve all their daughters’ innocence.

 

Blockers Ike Barinholtz, Leslie Mann and John Cena image
Ike Barinholtz, Leslie Mann and John Cena

 

Needless to say, hijinks ensue and BLOCKERS delivers plenty of laughs. Focussing on the parents attempts at blocking their kids’ fun instead of following the girls and their attempts to get laid make for a refreshing change to this type of movie. Cena, especially, as the naïve and bumbling lunk of human shaped muscle delivers plenty of great lines and offers everyone an alternative way to consume alcohol in one of BLOCKERS funniest sequences.

 

“…ever wanted to watch a film that delivers Gary Cole’s gentleman’s sausage, Gina Gershon’s dirty pillows and Ike Barinholtz’s wrinkly coin purse getting tightly squeezed…”

 

Another area where BLOCKERS differs from the usual teen sex comedy is the fact that the girls are in charge. They are the ones making their decisions on how they are going to lose their virginity and if it will happen at all. Julie is in a committed relationship, Kayla is just looking for someone to help her get there and Sam is still trying to figure herself out. The guys in the movie are just along for the ride, so to speak, not putting the pressure on the girls.

BLOCKERS also avoids many of the pitfalls and clichés of this type of film, there is no monumental bust up between the three best friends that they must overcome. They’re great friends, having a great time, trying new things and just trying to get it on. Of course, not everything goes to plan, no thanks to their respective folks. There is a constant supply of great gags and funny scenes, with the three relative newcomers playing the daughters matching the established comedy chops of the three leads.

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to watch a film that delivers Gary Cole’s gentleman’s sausage, Gina Gershon’s dirty pillows and Ike Barinholtz’s wrinkly coin purse getting tightly squeezed, you’re in for a treat as BLOCKERS truly delivers in that regard.

 

Blockers Leslie Mann, John Cena and Other image
Leslie Mann, John Cena and Other

 

THE CAST & CREW:

First time director (writer of the PITCH PERFECT trilogy), brings plenty of laughs to the screen thanks to a hilarious script from writers Brian and Jim Kehoe. Cannon’s role as producer on 30 ROCK is definitely felt throughout the film, with tight comedy scenes flowing from one to the next.

The main cast are all superb, Mann as the over protective single mum, Barinholtz as the outcast, partying, estranged dad and Cena, especially, as the shorts-wearing, lovable knucklehead that has a hilariously inept interpretation of emoji. After a fun turn in TRAINWRECK, this is the movie that shows the WWE superstar has the comedic skills to be a legitimate Hollywood funny man.

The girls also give fantastic performances, Aussie newcomer Viswanathan as the potty mouthed, tomboy Kayla is hilarious in her first movie role. Together, the three girls bring plenty of heart and humour to their roles as BFFs that aren’t afraid to go their own way and try new things.

Cole and Gershon, in a small role as the promiscuous parents of Julie’s boyfriend, give plenty of laughs and eye-opening moments that make BLOCKERS one of the funnier films in recent memory.

 

Blockers Ike Barinholtz, and Leslie Mann image
Blockers Ike Barinholtz, and Leslie Mann image

 

IN CONCLUSION:

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by BLOCKERS. The initial trailers didn’t really do a lot for me and kind of felt like all the best gags were already given away. But, BLOCKERS is a rare film that flips the script and gives you something a little different while delivering plenty of laughs from a great cast of characters.

It is definitely one to watch in a packed cinema with everyone having a laugh and laugh you shall. I’m hoping to see more from Kay Cannon as director, she has delivered a fun, raunchy comedy. I can confidently say my first time was as enjoyable as hers.

 

 

 

YOUR REVIEWER:

Kernel Blake is a part-time beard bandit, philanthropist, industrialist….bicyclist…photographer, world traveller, movie lover, a man of few words who enjoys the finer things in life. Like reciting Snake Plissken quotes. And when all that fails, heads out to a racetrack to do skids. He can be found twatting @bcurrall80 and hipstergramming @bcurrall80

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