Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blockers is the greatest movie of all time


Blockers. Fucking hilarious. I can't remember the last time I watched a teenage comedy. Superbad, Juno, so like 2008ish, some time around then. They seemed big when I was in high school, shit like 10 Things I Hate About You, American Pie, Bring It On, Can't Hardly Wait, so forth, and started fizzling out when I was in college/grad school, these later movies were flicks like the ones Adverntureland, Easy A, Mean Girls, so on and so forth. Maybe as us millennials started aging, we grew out of that shit. It didn't help that the quality of these movies went to shit or had a bunch things that are problematic (teachers doing students, filming naked chicks without their knowledge, rampant homophobia, to name some of the problems). I think the genre sort of went as far as it could go when parody movies like Not Another Teen Movie and Detention (which came out a decade apart) were better and more enjoyable than the movies they were spoofing.

Now this comes along. A totally refreshing look at the genre told through the perspective of the parents unwilling to let their kids grow up and take their places in that time of sex and boozing which causes many a shitty/hilarious situation for everyone involved. It is also a pretty empowering movie for young, female sexuality which is pretty cool but sort dangerous in this climate. But because of the way the whole thing is done and portrayed, with kids being respectful of each others desires and so forth, it totally pulls it off in a way that is not as offensive as it could be. Anyyyywhhhooo. Greatest movie of all time. Instant classic.

Rotten Tomato Consensus: 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.

Pros: Surprisingly funny (the trailer looked sort of dumb). Pretty touching, I guess, if you are into raising kids. Sexually empowering for young people. It's a good twist on the typical trying to get laid teen sex comedies.

Cons: There was some pretty gross scenes. Also a lot of cringing. The kid who looks like a young Russell Brand is sort of irritating (but he doesn't pressure his prom date into sex so he gets a pass).

Basic gist of the movie is a trio of parents--played by Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad, the male nurse in The Mindy Project), John Cena (Sisters, Trainwreck, wrastling), and Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, she was "fucking french )--find out that their daughters--Gideon Adlon, Kathryn Newton, and Geraldine Viswanathan (none of which I recognized)--have committed to a sex pact wherein they will lose their virginities post prom and completely lose their minds, going to extraordinary means to keep their daughters V-cards intact.

Each of these parents have their own reason for stepping in here. Mann's character identifies as Julie's mom, Julie is played by the actress Kathryn Newton who was the murdered girl in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and is freaking out about her going to college her daughter's deflowering, for her, represents her daughter leaving the nest. Cena, on the other hand, is way overbearing so his little overachiever, one Kayla played by Geraldine Viswanathan, getting it on means his loss of control. And Barinholtz (who has been more or less deadbeat dad for most of his daughter's life) is at least observant enough to know that his daughter, Sam played by Gideon Adlon, is gay and wants to stop her from having her first sexual experience be with a guy that she isn't attracted to, his thinking is that this will make her forgive him for being a dick and what not. They all freak out and go insane. Go team!

In this movie we get exploding cars, Cena butt-chugging, adults beating up children, high school dudes calling their parents to tell them they got laid--high five! (a hilarious double standard), and Gina Gershon getting it on with Bill Lumbergh. Though there are a few parts that drag on that are meh, like the blindfolded sex game scene, the film works. It is part chaos, part heart. Each of the teens are sweet and cool and their banter and the parents freak outs make for a pretty dope comedy.

1 comment:

Megashare9 Movies said...

vexmovies - What a great movie, I was surprised to see people understand that juvenile sex is wrong by watching that film, it's the exact opposite, it just says not to rush into things just to get it over with ! Gender equality is very present, the protagonists -adults and teens- are fun, hilarious and moving, it's a great movie!
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