Last night after the kids went to bed, I went looking for something to watch on demand. I came across a recent comedy film starring one of my favorite WWE wrestlers John Cena called Blockers. While I find it rare that most modern comedies are any good, Blockers had received a positive rating from Rotten Tomatoes, so I thought I’d give it a try. More often than not I agree with Rotten Tomatoes, a website that compiles all critics’ film review into positive or negative and computes a percentage rating for every major film release. The higher the Rotten Tomatoes score, the more critics liked it. Blockers received and 83%. I wouldn’t rate it quite so high.
As I said, I don’t have much faith in modern comedies and this one hit all the sour notes that I’ve become used to recently. Let me start by saying that this film has earned every bit of its R rating. It is about three high school senior girls who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night and the hijinks that ensue when their overprotective parents find out about the pact and attempt to thwart their daughters’ plans. Blockers is chock full of foul language, sexual innuendo, sexual situations, nudity, drug use, and alcohol use. This is definitely not a film to watch with your children! In fact, the only redeeming value I find in this picture is the repair of fractured relationships that have occurred between parents and children by the end of the film.
For my personal part, I was actually shocked by the way John Cena portrayed his character in this movie. I am used to the All-American hero image that Cena portrays as a professional wrestler. The character here is more of a past-his-prime former athlete dad who’s living vicariously through his athletic daughter and, like the parents of the other girls, is far too over-protective. He is, like many characters in this film, foul mouthed and to some degree hyper sexualized. Somewhere in this film, there’s a story worth telling, but it is just saturated in over acting, over-the-top unrealistic situations, vulgarity, and overt sexuality. For me, Blockers is a one and done. Seen it, won’t bother to watch it again and I don’t really recommend it.
Maybe you’re tastes vary from mine and you’ll enjoy this film. If so… be blessed.