Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.
This is not really my kind of movie, but my wife wanted to see it, so there you have it. Going into it, I was under the impression that this was a Judd Apatow film, probably because of the genre and the fact that his wife, Leslie Mann, was one of the lead actors. It felt a lot like an Apatow film, but I think that's partially due to the fact that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were producers (although not writers) and they have a history of working with Apatow and making very similar movies.
This movie definitely had a decent amount of funny lines and scenes, and the audience seemed to respond pretty well to the relatively well-placed punchlines. Leslie Mann delivered a solid performance, but she pretty much played the same character she plays in all of her films. John Cena, still relatively new to the acting game, did pretty well for a novice, but he's still got a long way to go. Regardless, his ability to turn that cartoon-like face into something that made me chuckle started to endear him to me toward the end of the movie. The performance by Ike Barinholtz, to me, was really the comic anchor that held this film together. I always liked him on "The Mindy Project" and he was just as entertaining in this movie.
The young actors in this movie were fine. The one that really grabbed my attention was Gideon Adlon, daughter of Pamela Adlon, of "Louie" and "Californication." Her fresh face and unassuming style drew me in and helped me care about her character. I hope to see more of her in the future.
If you are a fan of Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg, you'll probably really like this movie. While I can't really recommend it myself, I know this is a movie that a lot of folks will enjoy. Of course, although the subject matter of this movie had to do with high school adolescents, I don't think it would be appropriate for youngsters. It's pretty rude and crude, keeping pace with their style.
I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.