Can You Translate Emoji Faster than John Cena?

Kim Taylor-Foster

In new comedy Blockers, John Cena plays uptight father Mitchell, a man so out of touch with youth culture that he has no idea what the aubergine emoji actually means. And thinks the emoji combo for ‘sex’ means ‘You’re okay with me’.

In the film, his daughter makes a sex pact with two friends to lose their virginity on prom night. Mitchell discovers their plotting, along with fellow parents Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), whose daughters make up the final two-thirds of the action-seeking threesome.

But he doesn’t find translating what they mean easy – their entire text conversation consists of emoji language. After finally figuring it out, the parents make it their mission to thwart their daughters’ plans.

But how good at translating emoji is John Cena in real life? That’s what we wanted to know. So we put him to the test. We threw a bunch of pictorial phrases at the wrestler and actor, alongside emoji depictions of films and TV shows he’s appeared in. See how he got on – and test yourself at the same time – in the video above.

Parents Mitchell (John Cena), Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) discover their daughters' sex pact.

When Can I See ‘Blockers’?

Blockers hits screens in the UK on March 30 and in the US on April 6. You can read the official synopsis below:

Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Samantha (Gideon Adlon) are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa (Mann), Mitchell (Cena) and Hunter (Barinholtz) are three overprotective parents who flip out when they find out about their daughters’ plans. They soon join forces for a wild and chaotic quest to stop the girls from sealing the deal – no matter what the cost.

Blockers is directed by Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon and also stars Gary Cole, Gina Gershon, Mozart in the Jungle actor Miles Robbins and Riverdale’s Graham Phillips.

Kim Taylor-Foster
Kim Taylor-Foster is Entertainment Editor for Fandom in the UK. She was raised on an unsteady diet of video nasties and violent action flicks.