How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy

After launching “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors” and “Trainwreck,” South by Southwest has a proven track record for catapulting studio comedies into the mainstream.

And now, it looks like the Austin festival has another hit on its hands.

“Blockers,” a sweet and raunchy coming-of-age story, played through the roof at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, met with spontaneous laughter and cheers.

Judging by the strong reviews, Universal Pictures can probably count on a box-office home run when the movie opens on April 6.“Blockers” is like “American Pie” meets “Bridesmaids.” It follows a group of three teenagers (played by the winning Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathryn Newton and Gideon Adlon), who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night.

This isn’t a unique premise.

But it’s never been told from high school girls’ point of view with a female director behind the camera.

And the story doesn’t focus

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