**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BLOCKERS. IF YOU WANT TO REMAIN SPOILER FREE, STOP READING.**
Last night, the husband and I sat down together to watch a film as part of an ongoing ‘Monday Night is Movie Night’ thing that we plan on doing. Basically, every week, always on a Monday, we’re going to watch a different film, ideally something we’ve never watched before.
This is what married couples do.
Anyway, for our first film we opted for Blockers, the coming-of-age sex comedy directed by Kay Cannon. The film stars John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz and tells the story of three parents who set out to stop their teenage offspring from losing their virginity during prom night.
Although both myself and my husband watch a lot of movies, neither of us had caught Blockers at the cinema when it received a theatrical release earlier this year. As Blockers has just been given a digital release now seemed like the perfect time to check it out for our Monday night movie.
Watching a movie like Blockers, I had certain expectations. I expected there to be some gross-out situations (check), I expected there to be plenty of laughs (check) and I expected there to be some sort of happy resolution (check). What I didn’t expect is for the film to be quite as good as it is.
I was pleasantly surprised with Blockers. No, scratch that. Both of us were pleasantly surprised with Blockers.
The husband and I don’t always agree on movies, but both of us came to the same conclusion – Blockers was much better than we expected.
The reason for this is because the movie takes all of the usual teen comedy tropes (as mentioned above) and then turns them on their head. So the three teens looking to lose their virginity during prom night are three girls, replacing the default setting that would ordinarily focus on three guys looking to get laid.
Of the three girls, one of them is gay – although not out to her friends or family. Once again, this is something which is not ordinarily covered in a movie like this and creates its own interesting wrinkles.
The girl – played by Gideon Adlon – feels the usual sort of peer pressure to have sex, so contemplates (and comes close to) having sex with a guy who she has zero attraction to. This gives the girl an interesting journey throughout the movie, which is a little more engaging to watch than the journey her two friends are on.
To add to this, the girl’s father – played by Ike Barinholtz – knows his daughter is gay, even though she’s not told him. Therefore, his main objective in the movie is to stop her from losing her virginity to the wrong sex, as well as the wrong person.
In addition to this, by the end of the movie all of the characters reach their own specific journeys regarding sex and virginity, with the parents coming to the conclusion they need to trust their kids more. Again, this isn’t something that would ordinarily play in a movie like this – usually the parents would be right and the kids would be proved to have made a huge mistake etc.
It’s refreshing to see all of these story beats featured in one movie, but in particular the discussion of sexuality is more than welcome. It was unexpected, it was handled perfectly and it is a great example of how to put representation in a movie.
Blockers isn’t the greatest comedy of all-time, but it is a good one and deserves to have some praise heaped onto it. It’s certainly worth a couple of hours of anyone’s time.