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the weaned child shall put [her] hand on the cockatrice' den—Is. 11:8

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Plot Overview

birthday partyBetween little Julie's “Happy first day of school”—still clinging to her mom—and teen­age Julie partaking of “Prom Night … the beginning of my adult life”—while trying to shake her clinging mom—comes a flurry of home birth­day videos of her with her two school chums Sam & Kayla. For twelve years these girls have celebrated in lock step, birth­day after birth­day, but Prom Night is like to tear their camaraderie apart. Their internal body clocks are set to different drummers. Julie (Kathryn Newton) tells her friends Sam (Gideon Aldon) and Kayla (Geraldine Viswa­nathan) that she plans to lose her virginity on that magic night. Kayla declaims the same, and Sam (“Guys, I want in on this”) goes along for the rite. Kayla may have spoken too soon, while Sam has leanings in a different direction.

Parents Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), and Mitchell (John Cena) meet up on account of their daughters Julie, Sam and Kayla respectively going off on Prom Night. They stumble upon their girls' group chat consisting of a page of emoji (“WTH is that!” ¶“I have no idea.” ¶“I love puzzles.”) Their Rosetta stone is an eggplant emojiegg-
plant that one of the parents recognizes as, “Egg­plants are dicks in emoji language.” From there they scope out their kids' plans, that “They're making a sex pact. They're gonna lose their virginity on Prom Night.” They take off after them in “Fast and Furious” fashion.

The night hangs in the balance as these parents follow the motto, WWVDD? I'm sure Van Diesel under­stands Newton's law of motion: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” These parents likely didn't do what Jesus would have done, either.


I am including here quotations from the Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus, also known as The Wisdom of the Son of Sirach.
(Sirach 33:1–6) There shall no evil happen unto him that feareth the Lord; but in temptation even again he will deliver him. A wise man hateth not the law; but he that is an hypocrite therein is as a ship in a storm. A man of understanding trusteth in the law; and the law is faithful unto him, as an oracle. Prepare what to say, and so thou shalt be heard: and bind up instruction, and then make answer. The heart of the foolish is like a cartwheel; and his thoughts are like a rolling axle­tree. A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.

On Prom Night we encounter two notable characters: Rudy is the limo driver who is available to guide them into having a most enjoyable night to remember. He is the real deal. Then there is Donahue revving up to do a rap number at the dance. This guy has a hole in his head. He's capable of spewing an endless stream of tortuous verbiage. Take your pick.

(Sirach 33:7–9) Why doth one day excel another, when as all the light of every day in the year is of the sun? By the know­ledge of the Lord they were dis­ting­uished: and he altered seasons and feasts. Some of them hath he made high days, and hallowed them, and some of them hath he made ordinary days.

School consisted of endless ordinary days. Nobody filmed them. Then there were the holidays: birth­days and the like. Lots of home videos were taken of these. Finally, there's the high day of Prom Night in which even Mitchell gets suckered into a beer-chugging contest. Coming at the beginning of summer it's about the longest day of the year, which means the shortest night, to minimize mischief. The party has moved to a grande hotel where we see the clock read 11:54.

(Sirach 33:10–15) And all men are from the ground, and Adam was created of earth: In much knowledge the Lord hath divided them, and made their ways diverse. Some of them hath he blessed and exalted and some of them he sanctified, and set near him­self: but some of them hath he cursed and brought low, and turned out of their places. As the clay is in the potter's hand, to fashion it at his pleasure: so man is in the hand of him that made him, to render to them as liketh him best. Good is set against evil, and life against death: so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly. So look upon all the works of the most High; and there are two and two, one against another.

We see variations in the emergent, divergent sexualities of the lead grads as they're compared to girls / woman / vampire as the case may be. Their parents and their dates' parents expand the field further to include: “open marriage” in which the husband and wife engage in interesting, gay sex-play with each other; faithful, hetero­sexual monogamy; lonely, single-mother­hood; miscegenation; sleeping around; and divorce. Every­body has his sexual preference. However, when Hunter defends his sexual preference of sleeping with married women, the rejoinder is that's not a qualifying sexual preference.

The girls themselves make a subtle value judgment. Let me explain. “Blockers” ends “Three months later” as the girls go off to college. That would be on or about Sept. 17, Constitution Day. The U.S. Constitution says that what powers are not delineated in it for the federal government are reserved for the states and for the people. There is nothing in it about federal regulation of marriage. States make their own marriage laws, though in most cases they recognize marriages from other states. Recall several years ago that the populace of a number of New England states, as well as of New York and Washington d.c., legalized same-sex marriage. The populace of many other states elected to define marriage as the union of one man with one woman. Notably, in California Proposition 8 added that definition to their constitution. Certain judges over­ruled them, and the Supreme Court voided them all. Now, here on Prom Night they don't want “the law” inter­fering with their fun; when the cops show up at the lake house every­body splits. What the kids are concerned about is peer acceptance, not legalities. Julie lives “45 minutes away from the University of Chicago”, but she has just received an acceptance letter from UCLA. In transit to a move­able party she has removed her Prom gown in favor of a T–shirt reading, Ill. US 66. I can't help but think of the “Route 66” theme song that starts, “Well, it winds from Chicago to L.A., / More than 2000 miles all the way.” Julie is flaunting a reminder of a whole swath of the US where the majority opinion does not consider homo­sexuality a mere sexual preference. It's subtle and doesn't go any further than that; rather, the girls seem supportive of lesbians at the party.

The screws, however, get tightened when Mitchell looking for his daughter starts throwing open doors, one after another, down a long hall of the grande hotel and we the audience are treated to what's behind this door. Are these all merely sexual preferences? Earlier in the evening when the Prom cake was delivered to the house and Lisa opened the box to expose its decorative motif, one woman in the audience shouted: “Oh, God! That's so wrong.” Hey, the night is still young, and I suppose different audiences will react to different doors.

(Sirach 13:15–20) Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor. All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like. What fellow­ship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly. What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor? As the wild ass is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor. As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.

That is a prelude to an end-times prophecy, (Isaiah 11:6-9) “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cocka­trice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the know­ledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” It's a biblical “Gotcha!” moment.

Production Values

This comedy, “” (2018) was directed by Kay Cannon, directing for the first time. Its screen­writers were Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe. It stars Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ramona Young, and Ike Barin­holtz. John Cena and Leslie Mann both were a riot with their comedic timing and fresh material. Ike Barin­holtz nailed it as clueless parent Hunter. The teenage girls were interesting and the actresses who played them spot-on. Geraldine Viswa­nathan as an adven­turous Kayla managed to steal some scenes.

MPAA rated it R for crude and sexual content, and language throughout, drug content, teen partying, and some graphic nudity. Since the script was written by a couple of guys, the girls' dialogue sounds, well, masculine, both in expression and reasoning about getting laid. I remember thinking, you've come a long way, baby. Other than that, there was some really funny material and tangled predicaments through­out. It had its share of raunchiness mixed in, as well. It mercifully did not rely on a single joke to run the whole gamut.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

In the end I found this a touching as well as entertaining movie. The girls would turn out all right, and if not, then it would be on them. It was a funny night from beginning to end. True, I had to close my eyes at some points, but the movie gives us permission to do that with­out feeling unsophis­ticated; there are limits, you know. This one is worth taking a chance on.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Numerous suspenseful moments. Overall product rating: Four and a half stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture quoted from the Authorized Version. Pub. 1611. Rev. 1769. Software.

Apocryphal scripture taken from The Septuagint with Apocrypha: Greek and English. U.S.A.: Hendrick­son Pub. Originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., London, 1851. Print, WEB (for verse numbering.)

Route 66 lyrics © EMI Music Publishing.