Blockers is a modern American prom movie, as told from the perspective of the parents.
The script for this film follows the standard formula for the modern American comedy. Create an over-heightened premise; throw in a load of gutter humour and allow the actors to improvise their dialogue.
I do, however, have to give credit to the writers for coming up with a refreshing take on the traditional high school movie, with the choice to focus on the parents giving a decent lick of paint to the standard formula for this specific type of film.
Writers Brian and Joe Kehoe have written a film that is bereft of thought. The haphazard plotting means that the film serves the jokes as opposed to the jokes serving the film.
In my opinion, none of the shots for the film helped to create laughs. The camera remains still while the actors were talking, not allowing the camerawork to tell its own story to complement the script.
The actors just appeared to be having fun with their roles, making the most of the opportunities for jokes that were laid out in front of them.
John Cena demonstrates why he is a great comedic actor, especially when he is bouncing off other actors. I found that to be refreshing and a testament to an actor who could have been seen as the one-note, tough guy actor.
Leslie Mann is able to comically present this neurotic front. Her panic is massively overplayed, to the benefit of the film. She has historically shown a gift for comedy, which she utilises to its full effect in this film.
The surprise for me was Ike Barinholtz. An actor who usually plays the buffoon has done an excellent job as the straight man in this film. His down to earth nature adds a layer of depth to what should have been an extremely uninteresting character.
The young cast (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Visnawathan, and Gideon Adlon) manage to show that they can service their roles. Unfortunately, they lacked the ability to riff off each other, a skill that should improve as they get more acting jobs.
Number of times I looked at my watch: Three.
Recommendation: Watch this movie. At least on demand