Parents' Guide to

Blockers

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sex comedy has worthy messages amid all its raunchy humor.

Movie R 2018 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 11+

Great movie

This movie is very good and there are a few iffy bits but all up great
age 16+

Coming-of-Age for Parents Story

This movie was consistently funny, with some laugh out loud moments, and few lulls. As a mother to teenage girls, I can very much relate to how these parents feel about their daughters possibly sleeping with boys on prom night. They are terrified of their daughters having sex, but when they dig deeper they realize that their real fear, is letting their children go and make decisions for themselves. There are a few crude moments that I thought were gross, but my 37 year old boyfriend thought was hilarious, so I guess guy humor is covered too. Growing up with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley movies, I thought they were kind of funny too. Overall, I was very pleased with the pacing, humor and storyline of this movie. It’s hard to find comedies that can cover all these bases now a days.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Despite its crude humor and raunchy physical comedy, this sex comedy is equal parts parents learning to let their teens grow up and teens learning to navigate grown-up decisions. At first, Blockers' premise seems pretty crass: Parents overtly obsessing about their daughters having sex for the first time. But like in the best of Judd Apatow's comedies (whose wife and protégés are involved in Blockers), the provocative jokes are cleverly mixed with heavy doses of progressive family values: strong parent-child relationships, acceptance of LGBTQ kids, older married couples who still have healthy sexual relationships, and more.

The three adult stars do the heavy lifting with the comedy, since they're the ones who have to do outrageous things to find their daughters, but the three young actresses are all charming, too. Viswanathan is particularly compelling as a no-nonsense athlete who's willing to try a lot of new experiences but ultimately realizes that while sex might not have to mean everything to her like it does for Julie, it should definitely be with someone she cares enough about to remember his last name. Cena, Mann, and Barinholtz have very different comic strengths, but they work surprisingly well together, although Cena relies mostly on his imposing physicality. Although there are a few cringeworthy gross-out gags, there are also surprisingly touching moments between parents and kids who love and respect one another, as well as between the three best friends who support and encourage one another.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 6, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: July 3, 2018
  • Cast: Leslie Mann , Ike Barinholtz , John Cena
  • Director: Kay Cannon
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: High School
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: rude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity
  • Last updated: December 26, 2023

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