Graham Phillips at the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures' comedy 'Blockers' held at the Regency Village Theatre. Directed by Kay Cannon, the film stars Leslie Man, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as three parents who band together to foil their daughters' plans to lose their virginity on prom night - Westwood, California, United States - Tuesday 3rd April 2018
The idea of children become functioning adults is often a terrifying thought for parents, especially when their innocence is at stake. 'Blockers' explores the hilarious results of when a group of parents become hellbent on preserving their teens' virginities in the run up to their prom night.
It only seems like yesterday when Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) waved goodbye to their young daughters on their first day of elementary school. Now, more than a decade later, those girls are still the best of friends - but everything else has sure changed.
Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) are excited to celebrate a milestone in their teen lives: the high school prom. And just to make their parents' insecurities more profound, Julie carelessly leaves her laptop open for the grown-ups to find one day, where her and her friends' phone conversations are being stored.
Ellis is probably the most normal member of his weird family. His mother, Wendy, is a hippie who enjoys practising rituals of self-empowerment with a dubious boyfriend who lives in Tucson, Arizona. His father left him when he was young because of Wendy's eccentricities, leaving him to be raised by Goat Man; a long-haired, bearded botanist and goat tracker who has lived with him and his mother in their pool house for as long as he could remember. Ellis decides to attend the Gates Academy prep school on the East Coast that his father used to go to, devastating his mother who misses him dearly. He attempts to rebuild a relationship with his father who now has a beautiful girlfriend, a meticulous house and a baby on the way. Ellis is hurt that he was never informed about the imminent arrival of his half-brother but his dad takes the opportunity of seeing his son again to step up to being a proper father this time. Although Ellis settles into his new school well and meets a pretty girl from the area, he soon begins to realise how huge the gap between his life at home and his life on the East Coast really is.
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By Chris Cabin
In hindsight, Bruce Almighty was the death knell for the Jim Carrey we know and love. This isn't completely a bad thing: Rurning away from manic comedy allowed Carrey to do the best acting of his career in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It also allowed for The Number 23. You win some, and you really, really lose some. But that wacky spazz with the ability to manipulate his body like it was made of laffy-taffy was seen hardening in Bruce Almighty, his artful physical comedy becoming a frantic centerpiece to otherwise inept material. It seems strange that Bruce was Carrey's moment of decay while the film's sequel, Evan Almighty, welcomes the great Steve Carell into the annals of mainstream comedic stardom.
Carell's been smart, so far, with his choices of role. Stepping out with small roles in Bruce Almighty and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Carell hit pay dirt with last summer's sleeper-hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, quickly establishing him as an actor with even measures of heart and humor. Then he starred in another sleeper: last year's Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine. It now seems time to allow Carell to try his hand at big-budget ($175 million to be exact) summer comedies, seeing if his mug can rake in the big bucks.
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