John Cena continues to prove his comedic prowess in his latest film, Blockers.
Your Senior Years (or High School years if you’re an Aussie) are some of the most important of your life. You’ll make friends, go through relationships, go through breakups, and experience a bunch of ‘firsts’. Understandably, parents may be slightly more concerned about some of these ‘firsts’ than others.
Mitchell (John Cena), Lisa (Leslie Mann), and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) have been friends since their three kids – Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), Julie (Kathryn Newton), and Sam (Gideon Adlon) – bonded in kindergarten. When they discover their daughters attempting to lose their innocence on Prom Night, the three band together to do everything in their power to stop them becoming adults, and prevent losing them to the real world forever.
The bottom line is, Blockers is genuinely funny. The witty repartee bouncing between Cena, Mann and Barinholtz is effortless and it looks like they had an absolute ball together. And there’s a lot more of the kids in it than you’d gather from the trailers – which is by no means a bad thing. Newton is easily an up-and-coming star, ripe for the picking for any young adult movies that may be in the works, and she is well-complemented by her co-stars.
Blockers does a great job of celebrating the diversity of families without actively setting out to do so. Barinholtz is also a clear standout as someone to watch out for on the comedy scene.
A funny, lighthearted, and occasionally ridiculous film, Blockers is as enjoyable as they come, and a useful education in text etiquette.
In cinemas: March 29, 2018
Starring: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena
Directed by: Kay Cannon