I'm just as shocked as you are.
Give this film a chance!
I completely adored this film. When I first saw the trailer for this I remember rolling my eyes and pretty much forgetting about it two seconds later because it looked like another studio-made try-hard comedy. It was cringe-y at moments, of course, but I still ultimately enjoyed it and found it to be something very special.
It was actually funny and I actually laughed! The theater I saw this in was sold out and some people were laughing so hard I was almost concerned for them. I would not go that far but I did find it humorous and the humor was not too over-the-top or dumb. The theater was filled with teenagers and young adults and just any age above thirteen pretty much. This movie is so important for not just young adults but parents and adults in general! The whole premise of the film is about these three parents freaking out that their kids are growing up and trying to stop them from losing their virginity's. These three high school ladies decide for themselves that they want to have sex. Julie (Kathryn Newton) wanted to because she personally wanted to and not because her boyfriend was pressuring her. Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) wanted to because she also wanted to and she did not even care much about her date. Sam (Gideon Adlon) was the only one that did not really want to but her friends never pressured her, they even told her she did not have to over and over and Sam's date never pressured her at all. She decided to because she pretty much wanted to prove to herself that she was a lesbian. One of my favorite aspects was that Sam's dad was not trying to stop her from having sex but rather trying to stop her from having sex with the wrong gender. She never came out to him or anyone but he just knew. The end of this film was very special and important. The parents finally come to terms that their daughter's can make their own decisions and don't need to be protected. To avoid spoilers, some of the girls decide not to go forward with it while one does and guess what! The world did not end! Everything is fine. They made these decisions by themselves, what they felt they were ready for or just what they wanted. And the parents finally accepted that and supported them. I was almost tearing up. One of the most important scenes of the entire film was when Kayla's mom was yelling at her husband, John Cena, and the other two parents and trying to stop them from "blocking" the children. She said that they would not be freaking out as much if they were boys trying to lose their virginity instead of girls. That boys get praised when they lose their virginity while girls are seen as then promiscuous and ruining their life. That these girls are making their own decisions and that sex does not change who they are. This was a positive look on sexuality that needs to be represented in more teen sex-comedies. This film was not even just about losing their virginity, it was about them choosing their own destinies and deciding what is best for them. Especially when choosing what college to go to, who and when they want to lose their virginity with, their sexual preference, and more. I find it extremely important for people, no matter the age, to be able to make their own decisions but it is also important to talk to your parents about it. There should be little to no secrets between the parent and the child mostly in huge decisions like the ones in this film. They both should be open to hear what each has to say and this film showed that pretty well in the end.
All in all, this film was adorable and heartwarming. With most of the films I have reviewed so far, I keep speaking about representation and how important that is. Visibility is so important. Films can teach people new points of view and put us in other people's shoes. We see that these girls are fine and don't need protection. That does not mean they do not need their parents at all but rather they are learning to choose for themselves and not what others choose for them. These supportive parents are teaching audiences to be supportive and listen to their children and loved ones. There are many important representations to learn from this film and discuss with your family and friends.
Also this was directed by Kay Cannon, female director!!!!!!!!!!! Support! This story was written by a bunch of men but Kay's female perspective was very prominent. Beautiful story and beautifully written, thanks to everyone involved.
Give this a chance!