Blockers

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Sex comedy has worthy messages amid all its raunchy humor.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 102 minutes
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Several positive messages, mostly directed at parents: to trust in their child-rearing skills, to allow their graduating teens enough freedom to make decisions for themselves, and to discuss sex/sexuality with their teens.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Notably diverse characters include daughter of a single mom, daughter of divorced/remarried parents, and daughter in a traditional, two-parent home. One girl is biracial, another is a lesbian. The teens all develop more nuanced and mature conclusions about sex -- beyond wanting to try it.

Violence

A father pulls a teen boy off a bed and throws him across a room, momentarily injuring him. Two different dads are hurt for the cause -- one has his scrotum pinched, the other agrees to a "butt chugging" contest that causes him considerable discomfort/pain. A father and a teen break dancer accidentally hurt each other -- twice.

Sex

Whole movie revolves around sex. Three senior girls make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, although only one is in a serious romantic relationship. Male full-frontal nudity seen a few times, including close-ups of male genitalia; even more scenes of naked male buttocks (usually but not always involved in the act of sex). An adult couple has sex, once with his buttocks visible, another in which he's completely naked and she's topless but strategically covering her breasts. No nudity involving the teens, although guys take off shirts, and two girls are shown in bras. Discussion of masturbation, arousal, first times, etc. In the end, all three young women end up in sexual situations, but only one has sex.

Language

Frequent strong language in nearly every scene of the movie, even ones between teens and parents: "f--k," "motherf----rs," "s--t," "bulls--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "c--k," "c--k block," "come face," "penis," "vagina," "oh my f--king God," etc.

Consumerism

Apple iPhone, MacBook, Nissan.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens drink to the point of drunkenness, eat drug-laced edibles, and vape/smoke marijuana. Several of them vomit from overuse. Adults also drink, and there's a scene of a man "butt chugging" beer. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blockers is a raunchy comedy about three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz) who spend their teen daughters' prom night attempting to stop them from having sex. There's tons of iffy content here: Expect nearly nonstop discussions of sex/loss of virginity, a few scenes with partial and full-frontal (male) nudity, constant strong language ("f--k," "motherf----rs," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.), and lots of drug and alcohol use by teens, including overuse to the point of violent vomiting. An adult man agrees to a painful "butt chugging" contest. But despite the many crass jokes, there are also positive messages about parent-child trust, letting young adults make choices for themselves, being honest about sex/sexuality, and recognizing that even having sex with someone you care about can be a risky proposition.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byLola H. April 8, 2018

Good movie

Good movie for tween to teen really funny and dramatic
Adult Written byLeigh W. April 24, 2018

WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME

WORST MOVIE EVER MADE. Terrible writing, horrible directing, poor acting. I WOULD RATHER SLAM MY FINGERS IN THE CAR DOOR THAN SIT THROUGH THIS PIECE OF CRAP AG... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMENDES1998 April 8, 2018

What's the story?

BLOCKERS follows three Midwestern parents -- single mom Lisa (Leslie Mann), intensely attached dad Mitchell (John Cena), and estranged divorced father Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) -- who follow their three daughters -- Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), and Sam (Gideon Adlon) -- on prom night in hopes of keeping the trio from losing their virginity. After a pre-prom get-together at Julie's house, Lisa spies on group texts that pop up on Julie's computer and quickly realizes that the three seniors, who've been best friends since kindergarten, have made a "sex pact" for prom night. Initially only Lisa, who doesn't want Julie to follow her boyfriend to college in California, and Mitchell, who doesn't like the smirky, man-bun look of Kayla's date, plan to stop the sex pact, while "cool dad" Hunter wants to stop the other two from embarrassing their kids. But eventually he joins their mission too, and the parents do increasingly risky and cringeworthy things to keep their daughters from making what they consider to be the biggest mistake of their lives.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of teen sex comedies. How is Blockers different than, say, American Pie? Parents, discuss your values about sex and relationships with your teens.

  • What are the movie's messages about the double standard between adolescent male sexuality and adolescent female sexuality? Do you think there IS a double standard?

  • How are drug and alcohol use/abuse depicted in the movie? Are there realistic consequences? Why is that important?

  • Despite the raunchy humor, there are some positive, conversation-sparking elements to the comedy. What messages did you take away from watching?

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