• 12 May - 18 May, 2018
  • Farheen Jawaid
  • Reviews

Blockers is all about girls and their freedom to choose. Its timing is just right for the gender equality movement, and because of this, is appropriately tailored as a sex comedy for the young ladies.

Coming of age sex comedies have always been brash, crude and not for everyone’s taste. Blockers is these things, but main focus is on girls who have the same sense of adventure as the boys, but with the subtleties. Rather than being about prom night and its raunchy escapades popular in pop culture, it’s taken from a girl’s point of view. While the aim might be the same, the ambience and the logic is different.

Points to Blockers, it takes care of those subtleties. However, sadly the rest is the same as any crude and dumbed-down comedy with old and some new laughter-less jokes.

The story starts with three best friends Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kyla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) and their parents, Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz). The girls have stuck together from childhood to senior high school. Now all grown up, they are ready to leave the nest to go to college and prom.

The girls have also made a secret pact to get intimate with their BFs on the big night. Julie is set with a long term boyfriend; Kyla just want to get it over with before college with a vaguely known guy called the “chef” for his talent to cook up an assortment of drugs; Sam, meanwhile, is a closet gay who just want to try it once before she is sure.

The parents learn about their plans through cryptic emoji messages, and leave everything behind – including sanity, logic and decency – and go to the prom and other after parties to save the girls from themselves.

The cast do a rudimentary job. Debut director Kay Cannon (the writer and producer of Pitch Perfect series) keeps things simple and basic. There is a speech or two about gender equality, but the rest is nothing to talk about.