‘Blockers’ follows comedic quest of parents on prom night

Three parents go to extreme measures to protect their teenage daughters from making a life-changing decision.

“Blockers” is a comedy about a group of friends who make a sex pact to lose their virginity on the night of their senior prom.

The movie starts with a flash back to when the three girls were first starting school. Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), and Sam (Gideon Aldon) all met in kindergarten and stayed friends all throughout their life. However, they weren’t the only ones who made friends. Their parents, Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), and Mitchell (John Cena), figured since their children were friends, that made them friends too. 

Every parent-child relationship is different. Lisa, a single mother, and her daughter Julie are best friends. They share a close relationship, so Lisa feels that her daughter shares everything with her. But she soon finds out that Julie has been keeping a few things from her. 

For Mitchell, he is the overprotective, emotional, sports-loving father to Kayla, who is sort of a tomboy. Sam and her father are not as close as the others. Hunter became distant with his daughter after splitting with Sam’s mother. But he still pursues a close relationship with his daughter. Each relationship is relatable to how some teens and parents feel toward each other. 

At school one day, Julie lets her friends know that she plans on having sex for the first time with her boyfriend on prom night. Kayla gets so excited for that she decides to join in and decides to have sex too. However, Sam is shy about the idea at first because she is battling with herself about her sexuality.

downloadAfter school, the girls and their dates get ready for the night of their lives. But before going to prom, they all gather at Julie’s house, where her mom put together a pre-prom party. While the party is happening, Sam’s dad shows up with a limo. Everyone is thrilled to see the limo, except for Sam, who is still upset with her father’s disappearance in her life. 

Eventually, the girls leave for prom. While they are on their way, Lisa finds that her daughter’s computer is open to where she can read and receive all her texts. The three parents try to figure out what their daughters are talking about. Since the girls are using emojis, they have to decode everything they are saying.

Soon they figure out that their daughters have made a sex pact. But nothing like that is going to happen on their watch. They join forces to track down their daughters and block them from doing anything with anyone. 

While doing so, they find themselves in unthinkable situations, such as being stranded after crashing, being in competition with other teens, and being locked in the same hotel room as their kids.

At the end, the parents have a heart-to-heart with their children that help calm the nerves of each parent. 

Every part of “Blockers” is relatable for both parents and teens. There was never a dull moment. It kept you laughing. All the stars did great in their roles. 

I give “Blockers” a nine out of 10.

Author: Tina Gonzalez

I am a freshman Public Relations major at South Plains College. I am the Feature and Online Editor for the Plainsman Press. I was born and raised in Lubbock Tx.

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