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Drinking, drugs and debauchery are three words that best describe “Blockers.” With that being said, this film has lots of very funny moments.

Three parents watch their little girls, on their first day of kindergarten, forge a friendship that lasts all through their grade school and high school years. Prom night creates angst for the parents when they read emails between the girls. The girls have a “sex pact.” They all plan to lose their virginity prom night.

Lena, (Leslie Mann) is a single mom who is way overprotective of her daughter, Julie, (Kathryn Newton). Dad Mitchell (John Cena) is an athlete who, in his way, is as overprotective of his daughter, Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) as Lena is of Julie, but his wife tries unsuccessfully to keep him from interfering in his daughter’s life. Hunter, (Ike Barinholtz) dropped out of his daughter’s life when he and his wife divorced and now wants to forge a relationship with her.

After finding the emails on Julie’s laptop, the parents go on a quest to find their daughters to block them from having sex with their dates and the hilarity persists as the parents try to find their daughters.

Mann’s and Cena’s acting is a little over the top. I was not sure if it was the acting or the script. Their characters seemed to have only one dimension.

This is a funny film with a great premise but it is so raunchy that some people will be offended. The f-bomb is used so much that it often gets in the way of the story. I don’t mind the use of the f-bomb if it is used sparingly to augment the story or to define a character but when it is used constantly it can be annoying. I found it a little too grating in “Blockers.” The writers, Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe wrote a script to appeal to Millennials. I think older viewers will be offended.

Besides the bad language, there is a lot of male nudity and sex. Many people will be shocked by the gratuitous sex. Millennials, who are not as offended by risqué language, will love this film. A naked John Cena set many hearts afire and there was enough comedy situations and jokes to entertain the audience. I found myself laughing a lot.

I was surprised to see that “Blockers” was directed by Kay Cannon, the same woman who directed “Pitch Perfect,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Pitch Perfect 3.” Cannon was able to direct a funny movie with poignant moments that are sure to please.

“Blockers” opens this weekend at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Granite City Cine.

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