Comedy

Blockers

Three high school seniors make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Little do they know that their parents are well aware of what is going on with their daughters. Hilarity ensues as the parents flip out and try to stop their daughters from ‘making a huge mistake,’ no matter the cost.

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We went to see this for more of just a chilled evening screening and were left somewhat skeptical when we walked in and only 5 other people had booked to see it…

Never before have I ever been so wrong. If this isn’t the comedy film of the year, I’d love to see/know what is. I haven’t laughed out loud at a film in a long time, not even Thor: Ragnorok’s Korg made me chuckle as much as this film did. From start to finish it is rammed with innuendos, ridiculous situations and downright stupidity.

One of my personal favourite bits has to be when Leslie Mann’s character, Lisa, is trapped in a hotel room when her daughter and her boyfriend walk in. She quickly hides under the bed (genuinely cannot think of a worse position for a parent to be in). Thankfully they don’t jump straight to doing the dirty, so she is able to slide out from under the bed and gradually hide behind various objects in the room. Lisa hides behind a television set that appears to have some dodgy cabling and inevitably electrocutes herself (as if things weren’t awkward enough)! Needless to say, Leslie Mann is an absolute goddess of comedy.

I don’t want to spoil any more of the plot on this occasion as I know how rare it is to find a comedy film where all the funny bits aren’t in the trailers… *gamenight* So all I will say is that if you have a free evening, please go and see this film. You will not regret it!

TLDR; It’s stupid, crazy and just a bit too ridiculous – but it’s hilarious, genius and a really enjoyable film. Cannot recommend this enough.


After finding myself rather let down by ‘Game Night’ just last month, the idea of another comedy film felt a bit daunting to me, especially since my first impression of the ‘Blockers’ trailer was rather ‘meh’. “Another one of those crappy American suburb ‘comedies’ which we see every couple of years” I thought to myself, and needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much from it.

Now, it’s not always easy to admit when I’m wrong (it hardly ever happens), but after one hour and forty minutes of non-stop, ab-defining, belly laughter, I think I can muster the courage. I was wrong about Blockers, and there has never been a larger smile on my face because of it. Let’s not beat around the bush here, Blockers is an American suburb ‘tale’: a somewhat modern take on the classic trope of a ‘coming of age’ story, complete with drugs, emojis, and John Cena (cue the music). Yet where Blockers shines is it’s perfectly executed slapstick style, the ridiculous scenarios in which the characters find themselves in, and really the lengths that the parents will go to try to prevent their daughters from ‘growing up’.

If you’ve taken a look at Blockers trailer and your first thoughts were somewhere along the lines of: “This looks stupid”, then well, to be honest, you are right: Blockers is a really silly film, it’s slapstick, it’s supposed to be, but this is something different. Something more.

I can’t remember the last time I have laughed so hard at a film before… Blockers is one of the very few films I’m eager to see again: it’s definitely one to see this year.

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