Directed by Kay Cannon
Parents run interference on their girls’ prom-night plans.
“It is rare to come across a film that is as funny as it is heartwarming, or as charming as it is daring,” said Natalie Mokry in the Austin American-Statesman. Somehow, Kay Cannon’s new generation-gap comedy “finds the perfect balance between all of these qualities.” Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz play the overprotective parents of three teenage girls who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. It’s hard not to sympathize with Mann’s helicopter mom, Cena’s lovable jock, and Barinholtz’s slacker dad as they make fools of themselves hopping from party to party, hoping to prevent the inevitable. “One of the best things about the movie, though, is how strong and uninhibited its female characters are.” In this era of #MeToo, young co-stars Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, and Geraldine Viswanathan show that “time is emphatically up on telling young women they can’t have control in sexual situations,” said Joanna Robinson in VanityFair.com. All three shine, though “if there’s gonna be a breakout comic star from this film, it’ll likely be Viswanathan,” said April Wolfe in TheWrap.com. Though some of the jokes feel dated, it’s about time the teen sex-comedy canon had an entry that proves girls are funny and “can play more than the killjoy or the babe.” ■