Better than Trainwreck? Maybe it was the 90-degree weather, but that was the kind of chatter that was coming out of Austin’s Paramount Theatre when Blockers premiered here Saturday night as part of the South by Southwest Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Kay Cannon — “I’m a woman, and I directed something, and it’s a comedy, and it’s R-rated, and it’s getting a studio release!” she said as she introduced it — centers on three different parents’ efforts to stop their daughters from completing a pact to lose their virginities on prom night. We don’t want to give away any of the gags, but you’ll be hearing a lot about “butt chugging” this April. And the “John Cenaissance”.
Reviews are starting to trickle in for Cannon’s new movie, and here is what the critics and film media were saying on Twitter straight after the premiere. SXSW has a reputation for breaking big comedies, and it looks like that’s going to hold.
SEE THIS ONE WITH A CROWD
#Blockers just destroyed at #SXSW – wild raunchy teen sex comedy with lots of big laughs, adorable moments, and John Cena bare ass. The trailers do not do this one justice – really fun time. pic.twitter.com/5ql8jZBK6P
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 11, 2018
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) March 11, 2018
IT HAS A PROGRESSIVE MESSAGE ABOUT EMPOWERMENT
#BLOCKERS: Kay Cannon knocked this thing out of the park. a winning, progressive take on a concept that only gains in heart and hilarity as it goes. bruising laughs delivered with a deft touch #SXSW #NUSXSW
— Isaac Feldberg @ SXSW (@isaacfeldberg) March 11, 2018
— Nicole Sperling (@nicsperling) March 11, 2018
BUT ALSO PLENTY OF GROSS STUFF
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) March 11, 2018
— Jamie Broadnax @ SXSW (@JamieBroadnax) March 11, 2018
AND USHERS IN THE DAWN OF THE “CENAISSANCE”
BLOCKERS is literally every raunchcom of the last 10 years in a blender. And it will make a billion dollars. And win John Cena an Oscar. And be called the female Superbad. (Kidding. It will make 2 billion dollars.) #SXSW
— David Fear (@davidlfear) March 11, 2018
— Jason Sperling (@jasonsperling__) March 11, 2018
BLOCKERS: I have now experienced the fun of a SXSW crowd losing their shit at a comedy. Wish I liked it as much as the audience did even if it has some undeniably funny beats. And I’m totally down with the John Cenaissance.
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) March 11, 2018
Check out the trailer for Blockers below and check in with Rotten Tomatoes as reviews officially start rolling in. The film opens everywhere on April 6.