Like another reviewer says, he’s not the prime audience for Prom. Obviously, he’s right and I’m not either as it’s teens Disney gears this towards, but still, this movie is infectious and quite fun.
Prom (2011) Disney Review
It’s the last night; the one night that lasts forever. It’s the night that brings people together. It’s the one night differences are put aside and the senior class comes together as friends. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s this night that makes her take this year’s senior prom very seriously. She’s class president and she, along with her friends Mei (Yin Chang), Ali (Janelle Ortiz) and Brandon (Jonathan Keltz), make up this year’s planning committee. Together, they tirelessly work on everything from decorations to tickets. Nova hopes Brandon will ask her out while Mei already has a prince charming, her boyfriend Justin (Jared Kusnitz).
Then the small building housing Nova’s decorations is accidentally set on fire. Upset at the loss, Nova reluctantly pairs up with rebel bad-boy Jesse (Thomas McDonell) in order to meet the deadline. Meanwhile, the sophomore class navigates first crushes; Lucas (Nolan Sotillo) is seriously into with Simone (Danielle Campbell). Turns out, she isn’t the person he thinks – especially when he learns she hasn’t been honest with him about her affections.
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Fortunately, I wasn’t a part of the “who’s in” and “who’s not” crowd in high school (because homeschool rocks). Believe it or not, the normal clichés aren’t over-used in this charming flick. A film that, yes, is very sappy but also has a calm maturity. I like watching this genre because they often project a wholesome story, which is a feeling we forget. Prom may be “forgettable” in the sense that it won’t revolutionize film making, but it’s a pleasant little movie that you can enjoy. I’m actually a little surprised that writer’s throw in so many different characteristics, most of which are not of the usual teenage angst-driven variety.
There’s stereotypical topics like a dad who left home to a young couple struggling over their relationship post high school, but it doesn’t matter because there’s so much innocent charm we don’t care. The story doesn’t give everyone a rosy “happy-ever-after” at credits closing, instead certain characters find confidence and stand by that. Some characters realize who their true friends are; others show kindness when extending unexpected invitations to the prom.
The acting is surprisingly good from everyone, and there’s several adorable scenes (like the creative, albeit juvenile ways guys come up with to ask their girl to prom). Plus, most of the guys treat their girlfriends with respect, which is a pro. The ending is really cute as is the opening and closing title sequence. All in all, I love the movie for what it is. This is one trip to the Prom, I’ll actually enjoy re-visiting.
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Content: A guy punches out someone. The girls wear some immodest clothing and there may be a mild swear word or two. Another guy lies about seeing other girls – there are one or two chaste kisses. The film is PG.
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