The irreverent film traditions in Blockers

Strutting into ODEON cinemas on 30th March, Blockers is a raunchy comedy about three teenagers who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. But their appalled parents find out and vow to put a stop to their shenanigans – cue no-holds-barred hilarity!

Below are five films with similar origins to Blockers – if you were a fan of these, then you’ll go nuts for this newcomer.


#1 Tradition: Rude & crude

From American Pie (1999) to Blockers

Starring Jason Biggs as the hapless Jim and Eugene Levy as Jim’s legendary dad, this riotous 1990s comedy saw four male teenagers desperately trying to lose their virginity by the end of their senior year. Rude, crude but also surprisingly sweet, American Pie was a sensation at the box office, with one scene in particular living long in the memory – that of the aforementioned Jim doing the nasty with a freshly baked apple pie.

In Blockers, it’s three gals rather than four guys attempting to reach that milestone, but the rest of the antics are just as hilarious. The film even has an ‘incident’ to rival Jim’s infamous liaison – John Cena’s overprotective dad, Mitchell, hilariously butt-chugging beer.  Looks like  we have another scene to add on the top rudest and crudest scenes in film..!


#2 Tradition: Bad behaviour & friends forever

From Bridesmaids (2011) to Blockers

When Bridesmaids swaggered into cinemas in 2011, it rocked the comedy genre to its core. Boasting wet-your-pants funny turns from Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, it shoved ‘finding love’ to the back of queue in favour of girly friendships and some unbelievably bad behaviour, including a high-as-a-kite Wiig attempting to upgrade herself from economy to first class. Yes, it seemed to scream, women can be naughty too!

Blockers also features a gaggle of gals going wild, just slightly younger ones. Julie (Kathryn Newton), Sam (Gideon Adlon) and Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) are sassy, streetwise millennials who like swearing, getting stoned and aubergine emojis. They’re not bad kids, though, just ready-for-independence teenagers who know what they want – and what they want it to get down and dirty on “the first night of their adult lives”. Much to the horror of their parents!

 

#3 Tradition: Adults vs teens

From Bad Neighbours (2014) to Blockers

This screamingly funny comedy sees new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne resorting to desperate measures when a group of party-hardy frat boys move in next door. They start by trying to befriend the fraternity’s charming leader Teddy (Zac Efron), but when that doesn’t work, resort to everything from home invasion and hiring fake pledges to shooting fireworks at cop cars.

Although Blockers doesn’t star Rogen, he is on producing duties, and you can definitely feel his influence (especially when it comes to the film’s bawdy humour). Determined to prevent their respective daughters from what they feel would be a huge mistake, Lisa (Leslie Mann – mum to Julie), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz – dad to Sam) and Mitchell (John Cena – dad to Kayla) go to increasingly uproarious lengths to “block” them.


#4 Tradition: Sharp script

From Pitch Perfect (2012 - 2017) to Blockers

Pitch Perfect 1, 2 and 3 (2012, 2015, 2017)

Mixing top tunes from across decades with a killer, game-for-anything cast, the Pitch Perfect trilogy was a runway success, ultimately taking more than half a billon dollars at the global box office. While stars Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick (to mention few) deserve a big chunk of the praise, a hearty helping must also go to co-writer Kay Cannon for producing scripts so sharp you could cut your finger on them.

Blockers sees Cannon (who is also an award-winning TV producer/writer for 30 Rock) making her directorial debut, and she’s clearly a natural – the early reviews for the film have been nothing short of glowing. “As elegantly witty as it is deliriously raunchy,” wrote Owen Gleiberman in Variety, while ScreenCrush’s Britt Hayes hailed it as finally giving “young women the teen sex comedy they deserve”.  


#5 Tradition: Extremely funny characters 

From There's Something About Mary (1998) to Blockers

A showcase for the considerable comic talents of Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon, There's Something About Mary  is a movie about a woman who is beautiful, sunny, good and pure, and inspires a remarkable array of creeps to fall in love with her. The plot exists, like all screwball plots, to steer us from one gag to the next, thanks to remarkable performances and hilarious characters. One of those films where it's all about having a physical reaction rather than an intellectual one - there's such freedom in laughing so loudly that you feel cleansed.

In Blockers, Michale Cena plays a doting dad who’s built like a tank but is quick to tear up when it comes to his daughter, whom he adores. The WWE wrestler’s side-splitting performance is worth the ticket price alone, but in truth the entire Blockers cast is exceptional, resulting in a film that’s incredibly rude, gloriously funny, yet also gets you in the gut. 

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