Lisa (Leslie Mann), Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) and Mitchell (John Cena) all make friends when their young daughters start school together. Over the years they grow apart but the three girls, Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) remain best friends. On the night of their prom, the families are brought back together and it is here that the parents discover that their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginities that night. Determined to stop this from happening the estranged friends must band together once again.
I know what you guys are thinking… it’s just American Pie with girls. And it sort of is. I bet you’re also thinking that trying to protect a group of teenage girls from sex is very misogynistic and slut-shamey… and you would be right.
Fortunately the film largely sets out to break down stereotypes. The three girls are all very different with different expectations of sex, with Sam actually in the process of questioning her sexual identity. Their parents attempts to stop them are very much portrayed as an unreasonable overstepping of boundaries and a reflection of their own unresolved issues.
There are two concurrent storylines on the go. One is focused on the girls’ attempts to have the perfect night, which goes suitably and amusingly awry. The even funnier side is watching the parents try to track down their offspring and “block” them and being forced to jump through a series of ever crazier hoops, reflecting the silliness of their mission.
On paper this doesn’t sound like it would be very good. However by focusing on the relationships between the two groups of friends and their personal struggles it elevates the material to something really heartwarming. Yes, there is a lot of toilet humour and a lot of base sexual references but things stay just on the right side of funny rather than revolting.
Leslie Mann is great as the neurotic Lisa, who fears her daughter making her own mistakes and John Cena once again proves that he has great comic timing and is not afraid to laugh at himself. Barinholtz character initially seems like a deadbeat douchebag but as you get to know him better he does quite well to redeem himself.
The three teen actresses are totally believable and their potential conquests are a good laugh with Miles Robbins giving an amusing performance as a pretentious hipster.
As sex comedies go this is one of the better ones I have seen in years and Mr O and I both laughed out loud several times. Worth a watch on a boring weekday evening.