Three parents, Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena), and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughter’s plans to have sex during their prom night, and set out to… Block it!
This was a nice surprise. A genuinely thoughtful and funny comedy that doesn’t contrive its stars into ridiculous situations, and then have them talk or otherwise act bizarrely in order to get out of them. A common failing of modern day Hollywood comedies; say or do something dumb to get into trouble, and then say or do something equally dumb to get out of trouble. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
So, on the one hand we have the parents, with their own set of issues trying to stop their kids having sex, and on the other, their kids exploring their options and making some new discoveries. Once the premise is setup and the characters are established, it is pretty predicable, but played with such heart and honesty that you won’t mind.
Given that these kids are from upper middle-class families, and have upper middle-class friends, this all plays out pretty harmlessly. We watch the kids learn and grow, and we laugh at the parents as they get themselves into ridiculous situations. This is by no means a classic, but it’s certainly no waste of time either. I laughed out loud a couple of times, and the story resolves itself nicely. It’s a relatively safe and funny exploration of modern parenting, and it’s a film that both teenaged kids and their parents can enjoy together.
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon
Directed by: Kay Cannon
Written by: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 42 min.