“Blockers” Director Kay Cannon


Comedies have never shied away from revering the tale of a young man’s first time having sex. Kay Cannon’s new film “Blockers,” starring Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz, is instead allowing women to tell their side of the rite of passage. The comedy is told through the eyes of three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginities on prom night.

Cannon, the writer of the “Pitch Perfect” series, joined Salon’s Alli Joseph on “Salon Talks” to discuss the importance of telling women’s stories on screen, finding comedy in life’s awkward moments and the challenges facing women in Hollywood. “There’s so many male filmmakers and they tell these stories from their point of view, so of course it comes from the guy’s side. From their point of view, the young women are objects of desire so that’s how we see it,” Cannon told Salon. “I think young women are starving to see themselves in this kind of story—how they experience it and what it is like from their point of view. I think it’s about time we see that right?”

Check out the full episode above to hear Cannon discuss the process of making “Blockers” and why the Time’s Up and MeToo movements are putting pressure on studios to produce more inclusive and diverse stories. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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