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.
Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story that's funny but never particularly clever. It's an enjoyable bit of escapist entertainment, mixing some sharp gags in between the more obvious jokes. But while the script makes a feeble attempt to poke fun at over-the-top machismo, it indulges in relentless gender stereotyping.
Now best buddies, co-dads Dusty and Brad (Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell) decide to combine their families to celebrate Christmas this year. Then Dusty's estranged tough-guy dad Kurt (Mel Gibson) turns up, as does Brad's more touchy-feely father Don (John Lithgow). This raises issues for both Dusty and Brad, who are clearly chips off the old blocks. They may be united in their love for their kids (Owen Vaccaro, Scarlett Estevez and Didi Costine), but old rivalries spark as they take the family to a huge mountain cabin with their wives (Alessandra Ambrosio and Linda Cardellini). What follows is a combination of wacky slapstick and various forms of sabotage as Dusty and Brad's bromance is put through the wringer.
None of this is remotely original, with elaborate set-pieces that feel like they've been lifted wholesale from other holiday comedies. And the plot is never remotely surprising either. But the actors have chemistry, and invest some sparkiness in their characters. Much of the antics centre on the clash between Gibson and Lithgow, who play up the aggression and sweetness, respectively. It's badly exaggerated, but the actors throw themselves into the roles, and the interaction between the three generations is nutty enough to keep the audience chuckling even through some rather stupid gags. The filmmakers seem to think that crazed conflict is hilarious, but actually the funniest moments are when Walhberg and Ferrell are working together to approach a problem.
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This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in 1936 and first adapted for the big screen by Walt Disney in an Oscar-winning 1938 short. Thankfully, that warm, funny story is preserved in the middle of this animated feature, stretched out with lots of the usual slapstick and action mayhem. So while the silly, pointless mayhem will keep children giggling, it's the story's big heart that makes it worth seeing.
Ferdinand (voiced by John Cena) is a young calf growing up on a ranch in Spain, being trained to become a fighter in the bull ring. But he's far more interested in smelling the flowers. So he escapes and is adopted by Nina (Lily Day) on her quiet farm, growing up to be a gentle-giant bull. The problem is that the local villagers are terrified of his behemoth size, and he's captured by animal control and taken back to the ranch. Now he's competing with his childhood cohorts (Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson and Peyton Manning, plus David Tennant as a Scottish Highland bull) for a spot in a big upcoming Madrid bullfight. But Ferdinand just wants to get back to the flowers, so he enlists the help of goofy goat Lupe (Kate McKinnon) to escape again.
The central point about being true to your nature is important and moving, played with just the right balance of humour and sentimentality, especially as it makes a strong comment on choosing love over violence. But this message is somewhat watered down by the rather corny zaniness that fills the screen, including several massive action set-pieces that not only make very little sense but feel like scenes we've seen before. The characters are colourful enough to keep us smiling, but while the animation is technically adept it's not hugely original (see also director Carlos Saldanha's Ice Age movies), and it makes virtually no use of the 3D.
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Nick Jonas at the LA Screening of 'Ferdinand', a Golden Globe nominated animated comedy set in Spain, held at the Zanuck Theater at the 20th Century Fox Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th December 2017
The WWE Superstar may be heading to the small screen in an exciting new role...
We've known that Damon Lindelof has been adapting critically-acclaimed graphic novel 'Watchmen' for the small screen at HBO for some time now, but information regarding exactly who will be starring and when the show will eventually debut has been scarce. This weekend however, that may all have changed.
WWE Superstar John Cena is a household name for many
WWE Superstar John Cena is without a doubt one of the company's most iconic figures. Already expanding his working horizons to big movie features and even the world of reality television, he's somebody that's a household name across the world, and now it seems he's got his eyes on an exciting new prospect.
Cena has been hit with a lawsuit from Ford regarding the re-sale of a Ford GT supercar worth $500,000, reportedly in violation of a contract.
Wrestling star John Cena has been hit with a lawsuit from car manufacturers Ford after he sold his new Ford GT supercar in apparent violation of a contract.
According to a report from TMZ on Thursday evening (November 30th), a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Michigan claims that Cena violated a contract after he sold on his brand new 2017 Ford GT, valued at $500,000.
Ford claims that Cena was “selected from thousands of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the Ford GT” and entered into a contractual agreement to hold onto the car for at least two years before he could sell it on. However, they claim that as soon as the ‘American Grit’ star took receipt of the vehicle, he sold it.
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It’s part of modern life that divorce and separation is part of many families and a lot can't even form civil friendships. When Brad Whitaker met his wife Sara and her two children he thought that he'd been given the instant perfect family - for the most part, he had! Though Megan and Dylan were a little reluctant to take to Brad, with time and much persistence, both kids warmed to their mum's new husband.
Brad is kind, friendly and a real family man, just like his father. Megan and Dylan's birthfather, Dusty, on the other hand isn't quite as mild mannered as the latest addition to the family and when Dusty announces that he's going to come visit the family, Sara is far from impressed. What starts out as animosity toward one another soon develops into an admiration for both their strengths.
Though many wouldn't have guessed it, now Brad and Dusty are great friends! As the winter holidays come around, both Dusty with his partner, Karen and Brad and Sara decide that the family will all get together for one big holiday celebration. The kids are thrilled with the decision, as is the entire family, but the mood soon changes when Dusty receives a phone call from his dad, Kurt. The family unit has just got a little bit bigger and Dusty really isn't sure how his rough and ready father is going to appreciate the new Dusty or their larger family arrangement. If that wasn't enough, Brad's father also joins the team.
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Two American soldiers fighting in the Iraq war (2003 - 2011) are hiding out in the desert, guns poised. When they spot something suspicious on the horizon, the elder of the two decides to go down and investigate after assessing that there is little danger after a period of absolutely no movement. No sooner has he approached the vehicle that they had been watching and discovered two corpses in the front seat, than shots are fired and he is down. When his comrade runs to his aid, more shots are fired and he is forced to take cover behind a crumbling brick wall, leaving his friend lying mere feet away and slowly bleeding to death. He radios in for help, but soon realises that the enemy have hijacked the line and they are tormenting him as he struggles to get a visual on the attacking sniper. He has no choice but to stay where he is, but he is running out of water and there is no shelter from the scorching sun.
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The pair stripped off for their loyal YouTube fans.
WWE Superstars John Cena and Nikki Bella have been huge stars of the wrestling world for some time now. As some of the company's most popular faces, they've not only enjoyed success inside a WWE ring, but on reality shows 'Total Divas' and 'Total Bellas' amongst various other places and outlets.
One of those places is the official YouTube account for The Bella Twins; one that Nikki shares with her twin sister Brie Bella. Reaching over half a million subscribers on the video sharing platform, Nikki and her fiance John decided to celebrate the occasion with a naked video, bearing all for their loyal fans who would likely love to see the two in the buff.
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The former ‘Daily Show’ host had got involved in Cena’s match at SummerSlam on Sunday.
John Cena came face to face with Jon Stewart, the man who cost him his US title at SummerSlam, on Monday night’s edition of WWE Raw and let’s just say ‘The Daily Show’ host came off on the losing end. The 52 year old had unexpectedly decided to get involved in Cena’s match during Sunday’s SummerSlam event, delivering a chair to the gut of the WWE Superstar.
Jon Stewart got slammed by John Cena on Monday night.
Stewart had attempted to explain his actions to the Brooklyn crowd, saying he attacked Cena because he didn't want to see him equal Ric Fliar’s 16 title reigns. Cena, as the US champ, was competing in a title vs tile match with World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and left Sunday’s event empty handed.
Jon Stewart’s first gig since leaving ‘The Daily Show’ earlier this month was as the host of WWE SummerSlam on Sunday.
Former host of ‘The Daily Show’ Jon Stewart made quite the impact during his first big gig since leaving the Comedy Central series, when he got involved in the WWE World Heavyweight Title match between John Cena and Seth Rollins at SummerSlam on Sunday. Stewart, who was hosting the event, shockingly attacked Cena with a chair during the match, causing his former nemesis Rollins to pick up the win.
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