The Story/The Direction:
Parents Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena), and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) become friends when their daughters start their first day of elementary school. The girls become best friends and remain so through their high school and up to their prom night. Lisa is a single mom who focuses her life on her daughter, Julie (Kathryn Newton), and is afraid of her leaving for college. Mitchell is the tough dad who is having a tough time realizing that his daughter, Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), is becoming a woman. Hunter who is separated from his daughter, Sam (Gideon Adlon),'s mother and wants to spend time with her. After the three girls leave for prom, their parents realize that they have made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night and decide that they must prevent this as they think they'll make a mistake and/or get hurt. The girls are in on the pact for different reasons; Julie wants to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Kayla wants her lab partner/prom, and Sam is questioning her sexuality.
One specific thing that this film does very well is looking at the generational difference on the view of virginity and sex. It does not only use this for comedy but also comments on the disparity of how girls and boys are treated. For the most part, prior films in this genre focus on the boys' perspective and not the girls' such as American Pie and Superbad. In this film, it shows the teenage girls embracing their sexuality and deciding to have or not have sex. While this may be against the prior generation's thoughts on the topic, this is how it is in 2018. In addition to that, Cannon is able to keep the comedy very tight. Her jokes are well written and don't dawdle on screen for too long.
For their parts, the adults Cena, Mann, and Barinholtz work very well off each other and by themselves. Cena is possibly the standout of the three as he is mostly known for his wrestling career whereas the other two have been in the comedy genre for a while. However, this is not to say Mann and Barinholtz are any less funny. Mann is great as she always is.The Newton, Viswanathan, and Aldon as the girls are as funny as their parentals with Viswanathan being the standout among them. Her chemistry with Cena is also great and she is one to look out for in the future.
While this film soars with its cast, not every joke lands and the film does feel a little long. This may be due to adding in scenes for this type of comedy that aren't 100% necessary for the film. There also seemed to be an imbalance of storytelling between the kids' and their respective parents' point of view. While the film does show both sides of the story, more focus is on the parents and this takes away from the duality of the film a little. The film also ends slightly awkwardly and the closure of the film felt a little rushed.
All in all, however, this film is hilarious and shows a modern take on children losing their virginity that can be entertaining for older and also younger generations that are able to see an R-rated film. It has a lot of heart showing the relationships between parents and kids. This raunchy comedy is a great addition to the genre as it has plenty of hilarious moments plus an emotional tie that will be enjoyable for anyone. It's worth checking out in theatres and on Blu-ray.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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