mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 102 minutes
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz
Director: Kay Cannon
Sex: A lot of sexuality including sexual motions and sounds; a lot of graphic talk about sex and trying new things; three teen girls agree to lose their virginity; two women kiss as do two men; a lot of sexual comments and slang; sex is viewed among teens as a coming of age passage instead of something to be saved for marriage; it is said a virgin had sex but it isn't seen and a girl receives oral sex but clothes prevent it from being more graphic; a girl almost has intercourse with a boy but doesn't as she likes girls; a man is obsessed with pornography.
Language: Continual use of harsh and strong language throughout the film including around 10 uses of GD; J-2; the F-bomb is used about 67 times; Sh*t-40; H*ll-15; Da*n-8; other uses of language such as "A*s" and "B*tch"; slang comments regarding male and female genitalia.
Violence: A little violence; three adults have a fight in a parked car which is meant to be humorous; a car crash and an explosion from the car but no one is injured; a character makes violent threats but does not carry them out; a man knocks in doors of a hotel as he tries to find his daughter; a father does get physically rough with a young man but with no resulting blood—he gives him a toss; a young man breaks a tooth and some blood is seen.
Drugs: Hash is smoked in a pipe; Xanax is wrongfully taken; a few characters are obviously high; several underage and adult drinking scenes; a contest in which beer is shot into the person's rear; a character drinks whiskey; a comment about baked goods with drugs and how someone almost died; several drinking and drug comments.
Nudity: Front and back male nudity; strong cleavage;
Other: A woman lies about her hormones in order to get birth control pills; tension between characters including between teens and parents; kids are obsessed with losing their virginity; disrespectful attitudes toward parents; a man spots teens holding a séance.
Integrity: A couple of the parents seem concerned about their kids and try talking with them; one talks to his daughter about how she is dressed.
Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on Prom night.
Blockers is a movie about young teens and their sexual urges, and their parents' desire to prevent anything sexual from happening with them during prom—at least at first. Sadly, the parents eventually decide it is up to their daughters to decide when they should have sex. Modern parenting apparently has changed in some homes, sad to say. Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) are lifelong friends, who met on their daughters' first day of kindergarten. Now the prom is on the horizon, as well as graduation, and the three friends get together to reminisce about the girls their daughters used to be. How quickly time flies.
At the crux of the film, the three girls, Kayla, Julie, and Sam, make a pact to lose their virginity, and their parents have their hands full in trying to prevent it. The film manages to make a point about mid-life crisis and deals a bit with what the parents are going through. A few of the lines are funny here and there. Due to the excessive use of sexual comments, sexual scenes, language, and nudity, as well as drug use, we can't award this movie our Dove Seal.
Not Dove Family Approved
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