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Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.



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When three parents 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. Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series). The comedy is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment's Chris Fenton (47 Ronin). Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake (Don't Breathe, Juno) executive produce with Chris Cowles (Collide) of DMG and Josh Fagen, Dave Stassen and Jonathan McCoy. The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz & Schlossberg and Eben Russell.

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  • But it's really the parents who take center stage in [Blockers] this raunchy and fitfully quite funny directorial debut Kay Cannon, which plumbs plenty of warm hugs from the idea of parental angst about their kids leaving the nest.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic
  • Mining uptightness for all its comic potential, Blockers comes down, proudly, on the side of the unblocked.

    Apr 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • On a positive note, this will probably best be remembered for giving the lusty trio of female offspring the ultimate power of post-formal hotel room-veto.

    Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Cannon is dialed into how a teen girl prepping for what's, till then, the most memorable night of her life is no passive victim - she's a peak control freak

    Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Top Critic
  • A generational clash as old as time-the parents who think of themselves as progressive and cool, versus their mortified children who view them as anything but.

    Apr 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a reliable laugh machine that features enough jabs at contemporary mores, alongside a discreet social conscience and some successfully female-centric comedy, that it rises above the inevitable chug-and-vomit jokes.

    Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blockers

  • May 16, 2019
    Agonizingly painful jokes, cringe-worthy gags but a surprising amount of sentiment and heart to admire; Blockers is a fair effort comedy with unnecessary and outlandish shticks tries too much to be for the teens and the adults simultaneously, making it uncomfortable at times. 2.8/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2018
    The interesting thing about Blockers is the biggest credit I can give to it is it's cast chemistry and it's surprisingly progressive views on sex. All of the people in the movie feel like actual humans with actual relationships. While the situations are extreme, their reactions all feel genuine. The three girls who make the pact actually feel like 3 girls who have been friends their whole lives, and the 3 parents actually feel like 3 parents with some degree of friendship but also a bit of a past. I liked how the parents were concerned around their kids but also unfiltered around each other, and I felt everyone reactions to the situations were real. And without getting into spoilers, while losing their virginity is the ultimate goal of the night for the girls and the parents ultimate goal is stopping it, the movie does go an interesting direction with the final resolution involving all parties that actually felt modern and real. Whereas something like American Pie feels like a male teenage fantasy of this sort of situation, Blockers actually feels like how it might actually play out with a few exaggerated situations, and I actually really respect the film for that. But is the film funny?'s enjoyable enough to watch. I chuckled a few times, there were consistent smiles, and I enjoyed the journey. I guess there were some laughs, but as far as comedies go the laughs were actually pretty low. I'm ultimately giving Blockers a moderately positive rating because I really do respect what it was trying to do, and I did enjoy the experience overall with a wonderful cast to be around. But was it a laugh riot? Well, I'm sorry, no. There were some funny moments but not enough to give it true staying power as a great comedy.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2018
    THe first half of this film is very funny and offers a very different perspective on the pact film, American Pie inspired no doubt. This time the chemistry of the parents is the key here, and casting against type is what works very well, Cena is impressive with the comedy. The biggest issue with these films is the cliché model, this film can't escape the model and the final third descends into boring territory, ultimately robbing what is a very funny film. Cena is clever with the material, he is growing into one of the better crossovers, like The Rock. The young cast are very funny and play well together, the only issue is we have all seen teen comedies like this before and to be different you really need to play with the narrative to stand out. Good for a night in but not a classic to be revisited over time. 04/08/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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