Ralph Potts reviews this comedy about a group of parents that stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, after which, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Universal - 2018
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French DTS 5.1
English SDH, Spanish, French
John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz
Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe
July 3, 2018
"Parents Can be Such…."
Julie, Kayla and Sam are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa, Mitchell and Hunter are three overprotective parents who flip out when they find out about their daughters' plans. They soon join forces for a wild and chaotic quest to stop the girls from sealing the deal -- no matter what the cost.
When I sat down to watch this film I didn’t have high hopes for it being an entertaining film experience. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised. I mean don’t get me wrong this is straight forward road trip/intervention comedy that isn’t anything unlike we haven’t seen, but it’s fun nonetheless. It provides enough of a character base/foundation to support it thematic flavor while integrating lots of slapstick, over the top situational humor, and entertaining interplay among the principle characters.
While there is a role reversal essence to the film, the proceedings revolve around a storyline that is relevant. The cast is clearly right at home with one another which allows their chemistry to shine through in support of the narrative’s tomfoolery. When all was said and done my wife and I found Blockers
to be entertaining enough to make for a solid way to spend an evening when you’re in the mood for a funny bone tickling comedy with an edge.
The rating is for crude and sexual content and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Blockers comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
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- Color Reproduction:
This is an excellent video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appear better resolved than others although I suspect this is related to the photography. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail visible in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.
This DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound track is cracking good and delivers crystal clear sound that is rich in sonic detail and effortless dynamics. Excellent tonal balance makes pans across the left, center and right channels appear seamless. Bass reproduction is taut, and the mix makes frequent use of the surrounds to reproduce the discrete and ambient sounds contained within the soundtrack. I enjoyed the enveloping nature of the audio and felt that the integration between the front and rear soundstages was spot on.
- • Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel – The entire cast contributes to these on-set flubs.
• Line-O-Rama – The laughs continue after the take!
• Rescue Mission – Being a parent isn't easy, as Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena make abundantly clear. Hear them and director Kay Cannon discuss parental mistakes and lessons learned. They even top it off with a good old-fashioned car explosion!
• Prom Night – Filmmakers and cast discuss how they achieved the perfect prom look and also share some of their own personal prom stories.
• The History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz – Ike Barinholtz explains the origins of human sexuality and its evolution through time.
• John Cena’s Prom Survival Kit for Parents – John Cena shows off a survival kit filled with items that will help parents survive the most stressful time of year - prom season!
• Chug! Chug! Chug! – The film introduced the world to the concept of "butt chugging." Hear cast, crew, and butt-chugger John Cena discuss how they handled this standout scene.
• Puke-a-Palooza – One memorable scene involves copious amounts of projectile vomit. See what cast, filmmakers, and crew went through to make sure the puke was as authentic as possible.
- Digital Copy
doesn’t break new ground conceptually speaking but, it makes the most of its cast and provided enough crass, politically incorrect, and at times laugh out loud situations to keep me chuckling along. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent technical merits mated with a fair supplement set. [i]Blockers[/i[ doesn’t reinvent the wheel but, has enough going for it to make for a decent rental when you’re up for a goofball comedy.
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