I have to admit that, when it comes to people spitting things up, I’m kind of a wimp. It’s something that I typically have a hard time watching. It’s one reason why, in college, I usually left the room if someone had too much to drink. I seriously didn’t want to be there when that person started throwing up a combination of beer and nacho cheese. I mean, bleh!
So, Blocks was not always easy for me to watch. Blocks is a 12-minute comedy about Ashleigh (Claire Coffee), the mother of two young children who, one day, starts to vomit up toy blocks. Now, fortunately, the film doesn’t get particularly graphic when it comes to the vomiting. Usually, we only see the aftermath, which is often Claire lying on the floor, exhausted and surrounded by toy blocks while her children (and sometimes, her husband) knock on the bathroom door and demand to know why she’s not spending time with them. Ashleigh can’t tell anyone about the toy blocks, of course. She just pretends like the family has always owned the toy blocks that are mysteriously appearing around the house. Her children refuse to play with them. Eventually, Ashleigh finds a use for them.
As I said, I’m a wimp when it comes to people vomiting but still, Blocks was a well-done and frequently funny film. In her introduction to the film, director Bridget Moloney says that the film was based on her own feelings and experiences as a mother and I think anyone who has ever been stuck in a house with two hyperactive, inquisitive kids will be able to relate to Ashleigh’s feeling of being overwhelmed. Before I watched Blocks, I was going through one of my “I really want to start a family now!” phases. Having watched it, I now think that maybe I should wait a year or two because, seriously — if I can’t handle someone vomiting legos, I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle all of the disgusting stuff that toddlers do.
Blocks, like many other films that were going to be shown at this year’s SXSW festival, is currently available on Amazon for a limited time.