Over-simplified teen story
Barry C Chung
Prom is supposed to be the defining moment of our teenage years: the one night we remember for the rest of our lives. Or the first day of the rest of our lives - I can't remember. Anyway, that's the Hollywood version, or what we're engineered to expect.
But in truth, it's more like how Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) sums it up in Disney's Prom: 'Prom's like the Olympics of high school. You wait four years, three people have a good time, and everybody else gets to live on with shattered dreams.'
If only the rest of the film was as smart as that quote - that would be a real gem. Instead, Prom is filled with tired, cliched exchanges: 'Has he asked you yet?' and 'You've got to ask her!'
Nova (Aimee Teegarden) and (most of) her friends, are preparing for the biggest night of their lives - prom. But when all their decorations are burned down in a fire, Bad boy Jesse (Thomas McDonell) is tasked to help rebuild them. He's reluctant, but the principal gives him an ultimatum: help out or don't graduate. In a hugely unoriginal plot turn, Nova and Jesse begin to have feelings for each other.
Prom juggles a number of subplots that never get off the ground. It's meant to provide perspectives from a wide range of relationships, but the result is a lack of focus.
Even the main narrative between Nova and Jesse is dealt with in a superficial way, and the ups and downs are too conveniently overcome.