Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis, a Comedy Film!

Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis. As a result of the establishment of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021, there will, of course, be more options for holiday movies as people celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. “Block Party,” a summertime family comedy with a purported Juneteenth theme, is the latest film from director Dawn Wilkinson (“A Nashville Christmas Carol”) and writers Matt Allen (“Mighty Oak”), Lisa Mathis, and Krista Suh.

The characters frequently mention Juneteenth without really delving into its significance, thus the link to the holiday appears at best shaky. The script makes the assumption that the viewer is aware of the occasion and its significance, which may be a comforting indication that Juneteenth doesn’t need to be taught any longer. However, most excellent holiday movies at least make reference to the important themes of the occasion (for example, “the true meaning of Christmas”).

Up until a hazy last-minute statement on the value of community and looking out for one another, “Block Party” feels curiously removed from what Juneteenth genuinely represents.

Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis

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Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis

The storyline of “Block Party” is straight out of the Hallmark/Lifetime playbook: a high-achieving young woman returns to her hometown and learns what’s really important in life. In this case, that young woman is recent Harvard grad Keke (Antoinette Robertson, from Netflix’s “Dear White People”). Keke is set to begin a new job in Atlanta, working for a person referred to as “THE Crystal Maitland” (again, the script does not reveal who, what, or why Crystal Maitland is until the very end of the movie).

Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis

The vivacious Gramjam is the driving force behind and the primary organizer of the neighborhood’s yearly block party, Summer Sizzle, but dementia has taken a toll on her talents. Despite the objections of Keke’s brutally ambitious, armed mother Tasha (Golden Brooks, “Girlfriends”), she begs Keke to stay and plan the Summer Sizzle. Keke decides to skip her first week of work to arrange the Summer Sizzle despite the absence of funds, sponsors, permits, and musical performers thanks to a memory montage of dancing with her Gramjam to the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam hit “Head to Toe.” Will she be successful?

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Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis

If you’ve ever watched a movie, you know she’ll show up, but “Block Party” manages to condense all of the preparation-related difficulties into just ten minutes. The Summer Sizzle mysteriously and magically comes together and the party starts halfway through the film’s 90 minutes, so that all the major conflicts can play out during the events of the day. She had to pay the fire department $15,000 of her own money for permits and take a road trip to Detroit to arrange a DJ.

Block Party Showtimes and Synopsis

“Block Party” is a forgettable comedy that irritates because it has the potential to be fantastic and to have meaning beyond its unoriginal and conventional charms. Despite the big title cards telling us where we are, the characters are all over the place, the jokes hardly ever land, and there is no feeling of place. The first 89 minutes of the movie are sadly underwhelming, but the last few minutes are when the movie successfully conveys its message of communal cohesion and reciprocal caring.