'Blockers' isn't the sex-panic movie you think it is. It's way better.
The central premise of Blockers sounds old-fashioned, even retrograde: Three parents learn that their teenage daughters are planning to lose their virginities on prom night, and set out on a madcap adventure to stop them by any means necessary.
What Blockers actually turns out to be, however, is a thoughtful and generous exploration of what sex means to young women and their parents – one that still has plenty of time for uproarious gags about butt-chugging and Fast and the Furious-style car chases.
Blockers wants you to like its adult leads, which is easy enough when they’re portrayed by the instantly winning trio of Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz. But it doesn’t necessarily want you to root for them. Other characters are constantly and reasonably pointing out that our adult leads are in the wrong, and we’re left hoping they’ll come around and see the light. Read more…