Blockers (2018)

Director: Kay Cannon

Writer: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe (Screenplay)

Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon

 

Plot: Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.


Tagline – Teens Out to Have Fun. Parents Out to Stop It.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Laugh Out Loud Comedy

 

Story: Blockers starts as three parents Lisa (Mann), Mitchell (Cena) and Hunter (Barinholtz) whose children all start school the same day, making them become friends. When the three girls reach the prom age, Julie (Newton), Kayla (Viswanathan) and Sam (Adlon), the parents will need to face the biggest change in their lives.

Prom night arrives and the parents learn that their daughter all plan on losing their virginity on this night, leading the to parents working together to try and stop this happening.

 

Thoughts on Blockers

 

Characters – Lisa is the single mother of Julie, she has built the relationship with her daughter wanting to be part of every stage of her life. She doesn’t believe her daughter keeps any secrets, until this night as she must realizes she will see her daughter go off to college. Mitchell is the father of Kayla, he is a married man who has seen his daughter excel at sports, he is extra protective of his daughter much like the generic big father figure. Hunter is the deadbeat father that wants to make this night the best night of his daughter’s life, he isn’t liked because of his actions towards his wife and now he must join the fellow parents to stop the events of the night. Julie is the daughter of Lisa, she has been planning her prom night seemingly for her whole life wanting to movie version of losing her virginity. Kayla has been brilliant at sports her whole life, she is getting tired of this world and wants to start trying drugs and drink, she is more spontaneous than the other two girls. Sam is the daughter of Hunter, she is sexually confused as she doesn’t know how to come out to her friends, she seems to fold to the pressure of the losing of virginity on this night though.

PerformancesLeslie Mann has been hitting it out the park in comedy for years, this is no different, John Cena is brilliant here, showing he has comic timing even showing heart with certain scenes in the film. Ike Barinholtz gets strong laughs too even if his character does feel like just a third wheel. The three young actresses Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswananthan and Gideon Adlon all bring strong performances in the film.

StoryThe story follows three parents that learn their three daughters are going to lose their virginity on prom night and plan to stop them. That is the core side of the story, but we do address a lot of serious growing up situations, both from the girls point of view and the parents point of view. This must be praised because each side of the side story feels like the most important ones because parents will become scared when their children grow up. The whole race around does feel over the top with these parties all seeming like it would be too much for a prom.

ComedyThe comedy in the film comes from how the reactions of the parents as they try to stop things happening, each thing goes wrong with comical effects.

SettingsThe film takes us around the town, first the prom in a hotel (I think), then a random lake house which didn’t seem to be by a lake, before going to another massive hotel which is set for a big party. The settings do get used for laughs, though it does feel like too much for a prom night.


Scene of the Movie –
The hotel.

That Moment That Annoyed Me These kids can drink way too much for someone that age.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable comedy that will get plenty of laughs, sadly, it pointless goes into the drug references, but you will get a good laugh through the film.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – R – The Right Stuff (1983)

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writer: Philip Kaufman (Screenplay) Tom Wolfe (Book)

Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glen, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright

 

Plot: The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.


Tagline – The spectacular story of America’s first astronauts

Runtime: 3 Hours 13 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Story, Too Long a Film

 

Story: The Right Stuff starts as America is trying to break the sound barrier and not having much success with their men crashing, they turn to Chuck Yeager (Shepard) who excels behind the stick of the plane, soon fellow pilots Gordon Cooper (Quaid) and Gus Grissom (Ward) prove they can hang with Chuck.

When Russia make it into space, the program changes with celebrity pilot John Glenn (Harris) and hot shot pilot Alan Shepard (Glenn) joining forces to take on the race to space as the men from different backgrounds try to prove they are the right men for the mission.

 

Thoughts on The Right Stuff

 

Characters – Chuck Yeager is the pilot that breaks the sound barrier for the first time, he is always going to try to beat any records that are being beaten, though he doesn’t go into the Mercury 7 program. He may well be the best of all of the pilots involved in this story. Alan Shepard is the military man through and through, he likes to take things lighter than the rest and is the first to be selected to go in the test flight. John Glenn is the celebrity pilot that is the clear candidate for the first mission into space, he has the best experience with dealing with press, he is by the books and doesn’t want to take things as lightly as the rest of the candidates. Gordon Cooper is the youngest of the candidates he has always go out his way to improve himself, even if his wife doesn’t like the idea of his job. Guy Grissom completes our main pilot group as the one who wants to use his new position to get more attention and is involved in one of the most unexplained errors o the missions. We do get to meet the wives who have to deal with the press invading their privacy through each mission and in constant worry about their husbands.

PerformancesWe have a brilliant cast here, with Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid and Fred Ward all showing us both sides of the pilots turned astronauts as they were willing to go through the punishment and personal difficulties to become the men history will remember.

StoryThe Space Race was a story that took over America in the 60s it is easily one of the most interesting moments in modern history because of the extremes people were going to go to, to make this happen. We follow the training that the men went through, the risks that were put up to make history and the frustration of the Russians beating them over nearly accomplishment. This is easily one that will appeal to anybody who is a fan of the space race, this will give you a story you will know, but will get to enjoy unfold, if you didn’t know it, you will learn the sacrifices they took. The only problem with the story is the length of the film being over 3 hours, we don’t need the film to be that long to tell the same story.

Adventure/BiopicThe adventure behind this story comes from the real risks the men went through to become names in history, which give us the biopic side of everything too, we have the two sides working hand in hand to tell us the moment in history that changed the space race.

SettingsThe film shows us the settings which are mostly military bases and labs where the work must take place in, it is the shots from the air which show us just how heavenly space travel could be for the men involved.


Scene of the Movie –
Chuck’s new plane.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too long for the story it is telling.

Final ThoughtsThis is an incredible story of what these men went through, it shows us just how intense the space race was and the powerhouse performances helps, the only weakness is the length of the film.

 

Overall: Space Race fans must watch.

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