Blockers (2018)

  • Gist: Comedy about three parents who discover their three daughters have decided to lose their virginity on prom night and move to block them from it.
  • Kindnesses: Many and diverse, little acts and moments of love, some subtle.
  • Characters: The strength of the story! All six are basically likable but well-rounded and believable, flawed but trying their best.
  • Script and Tone: Between moralistic and licentious, between rebellious and submissive, between silly and serious; that’s hard to balance, but I think it does.
  • Parenting:
    • Daughter [earnestly]: “Why is sex so bad?”
    • Dad [pauses, genuinely consternated]: “I don’t know.”
    • (I’m sure you know a better parental answer to her question, but there is a lot of honesty in Dad’s response.)
  • Morality: Not a teen sex comedy, but a movie about worrying whether or not you’re  IN a teen sex comedy. There’s plenty more to say on the issue and plenty of people eager to say it; don’t expect Movie to be an ethics course.
  • Parent/Teen face time ratio: 2:1, so more about parents than about teens.
  • Crassnesses: Three, and some viewers may understandably think they spoil the movie, but they’re aimed at adults, not kids, and do serve the story.
  • Nudities: A few, all middle-aged male. See “Crassnesses” above. I have no opinion on John Cena’s hindquarters.
  • Finances: Where do movie teens get all this money?? Dear White People: if you don’t want your kids doing stuff, don’t give them buckets of cash or high-limit credit cards!
  • Addiction: The first step in overcoming addiction is admitting you have a problem. America (including me) has a problem with talking about sex. Not with having it; with TALKING about it, openly, honestly, without shame, judgment, or frivolity. Young people suffer from that silence.

Conclusion: Great for grownups who can relax and enjoy a sometimes silly romp through the parental side of teens-growing-up and all the uncertainties that come with it.

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