Ya know, this movie is actually a lot funnier than it should be. The plot is as tired as it gets: three lifelong friends make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Basically, it's American Pie 8.0. The twist, if you can call it a twist, is that they are girls. But surprisingly, that twist brings a lot of interesting things to this movie, and challenges gender ideals and the double-standard thinking about male vs female sexuality in a fun and approachable way. Why are a group of bros pledging to lose their virginity something to cheer, and girls pledging to do the same something to fear? Why must girls be protected from their sexuality while boys are celebrated for it? It's a good question, pointedly asked by one of the girls in the movie ("Why is sex even bad?") and one that does not have a simple answer, if any answer at all. The other twist is that the protagonists are not the girls, they are the parents. Sadly, the parental figures are clichéd: the clingy mother, the overprotective father, the deadbeat dad. But what I liked was that the deadbeat dad is the only one who talks any sense or demonstrates any respect for his daughter as her own person; the so-called "good" parents are the ones with the unhealthy attitudes. The film is well cast (and I can't believe I'm saying this about a movie that stars John Cena, but he's actually pretty good in this) and all three leads bring humor to their roles... though only one of three girls was anything to write home about (keep your eye on Geraldine Viswanathan, she is great). The film is a bizarre mix of smart and gross-out humor, but most of the time it works, and makes for quite a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. It's nice that the film draws attention to our culture's old-fashioned ideas about girls' sexuality, but even then, why can't we have a movie that actually accepts and celebrates women's sexuality instead of a movie poking fun at antiquated ideas about suppressing it? It's a good step, but we have a long way to go. Strange that a low-brow comedy literally named for cock-blocking would be one of the best female empowerment movies of the year.