Prom (2011)

Nova (Aimee Teegarden) – the goody-two-shoes class president of Brookside High, Disneyland – is head of the prom committee and busy working toward the night of her dreams when a fire destroys the shed housing the full stock of decorations. Determined to proceed anew, she is paired with the school rebel (Thomas McDonell) in a last-ditch attempt by the headmaster to keep him out of trouble. Elsewhere, a boyfriend cheats on Nova’s friend and she’s – like – way pissed; there’s this guy who feels totally invisible and can’t seem to find a date; a girl gets into a great college but doesn’t want to break up with her dreamy boyfriend. Oh, and…

I don’t know how many proms I’ve been to now. With all the American pap I’ve watched throughout my life – both televisual and cinematic – it’s safe to say that the answer is a fair few, perhaps even twelve or so too many. When one character promises that I’m in for the best prom Brookside (BROOKSIDE!?) has ever seen, then, let’s just say I’m not expecting to be blown away by the novelty of it all.

I wasn’t disappointed either – not just in terms of the lack of creative license on show but in overall enjoyment factor as well. Prom may be every bit as derivative as its naysayers – many of whom won’t have even given it the time of day – claim but it also structures its clichés and stock characters in such a way as to talk you out of hanging yourself out of contempt for the human race.

It really is incredible how one dance, a school event attended by young Americans who are not even old enough to drink yet, has achieved such squeal-worthy importance in the minds and daydreams of those who conspire to attend them. With such consistent depiction across media – and, I feel old to admit, time – there must be an element of truth in the dizzying self-importance of it all.

While sequences like the montage depicting the numerous trite ways in which the men of Brookside (BROOKSIDE?!) High ask their dates to the dance may undermine its relative harmlessness – where is everyone getting their identikit cardboard lettering – Prom isn’t as trying on the patience as you might expect. There is fun to be had and the odd character beat with a dash of well observed humour is enough to offset the lip-smacking sugary-sweetness of it all.

That this is conveyed so whole-heartedly to a Brit who skived his own high school dance in favour of a trip to Transylvania is an absolute compliment to all involved. The characters may be paper-thin, the plot may be entirely by the numbers and the tone is so undoubtedly, pervasively, face-meltingly vanilla, but everything is so overblown that it is impossible not to wish each and every one of them whatever jaw-droppingly impractical thing they may desire.

 

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

2 Responses to Prom (2011)

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