The “raunchy comedy” sometimes lands and sometimes it does the polar opposite. In recent memory, films like POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING and the 21 JUMP STREET series have done a great job at using adult humour with a witty and clever approach. However, the weaker films in the genre are way more common, and it is extremely difficult to find one that doesn’t just rely on edgy language and sexual comedy to be funny. How does the new release BLOCKERS fit in to this equation? This is a special case, as it does a little of both; sometimes for the best, and sometimes for the worst.
BLOCKERS follows teenage girls Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), Sam (Gideon Adlon) and Julie (Kathryn Newton) as their high school prom is approaching. They all share one similar goal which is to lose their virginities on that very night as part of a pact they have created. However, when their respective parents Mitchell (John Cena), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Lisa (Leslie Mann) discover this pact, they make it their goal to stop it from happening.
In her directorial debut, Kay Cannon (co-writer of the PITCH PERFECT movies) certainly is doing something new in a couple of its aspects. The fact that this is a high school sex comedy that puts emphasis on the parents is definitely unique, and the dynamic of the three leads is absolutely a benefit to this film, and probably the best part. These three, in parts, are definitely fun to watch. It is easy to believe that they are close friends, as well as equally overprotective. Some of the stronger parts of the film are how their partners react to the extremes they have taken to stop their kids from having sex. In comparison, the teens are fairly likeable and the actresses do a decent enough job of getting the audience on their side.
Inevitably, there is a point where it relies way too hard on how inappropriate it truly is to get laughs from the audience. This is a film with endless sex jokes; at one point it just becomes a string of the actors doing such edgy activities of butt chugging along with characters getting electrocuted and vomited on for what is intended to get a comedic effect. These are definitely the moments that bring down BLOCKERS which are so prominent that it is difficult to dismiss or ignore them.
Kay Cannon’s first film is truly middling. A lot of it is laugh out loud hysterical but sometimes BLOCKERS is way too gratuitous and trying too hard. However, the audience at the recent South By Southwest screening were having a blast with this one, and you probably will too. If you plan to see this theatrically, see it with a crowd.
BLOCKERS is now in theatres.