Stars: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Graham Phillips, Miles Robbins, Jimmy Bellinger, Sarayu Rao, Ramona Young, June Diane Raphael, Hannibal Buress, Colton Dunn, Jake Picking.
Director: Kay Cannon
Screenplay: Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe.
An unbalanced ad-libbed comedy that at points is entertaining while others is long winded and tiredly cliché. However the cast seems to be having fun.
It is prom night for three girls—Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), & Sam (Gideon Adlon)—who decide to make a #SEXPACT2018, their parents—Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena), & (Ike Barinholtz)—find out and make it their mission to stop them. The film follows both the girls and the parents through the night and comic devices ensue.
The film has its good qualities; discussing the double standards of girl's & boy's sexuality, parental boundaries when connecting with their kids, and the importance of friendship and acceptance. However its film conventions feel tired, locked off, and thin—mainly for the parents; I know you have more in you Leslie Mann.
However in saying all of this, I do have a fondness feeling while thinking about this film because I think they got the most important theme down. They embraced and expressed the importance of the parental, child relationship. Sometimes a parent can be overbearing and overprotective but it comes from love. Sometimes a kid will push their boundaries but they know their parent is there to help them if they fall. This film is able to express that love in its final act more earnestly than I would have originally thought.