Prom (2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) [Blu-ray]
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At PROM, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it's a classic tale of opposites attracting when she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Share the laughter and the drama as secrets are brought to light, seemingly steady relationships unravel and new romance catches fire. Get ready for this hilariously heartfelt date with destiny featuring a hot ensemble cast of rising young stars and cool bonus features. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there's only one PROM!
Does anything pierce the hearts, hopes, and dreams of high schoolers like prom? It's not just a dance--it represents love, affirmation, a rite of passage, and the chance to get a really, really cute dress. And maybe the boy you've had a crush on since freshman year. Disney's Prom is a warm, affectionate look at a cast of characters (think High School Musical or Glee), about whom the audience slowly begins to care and root for. "Graduation is for the parents," one character solemnly pronounces, "but prom is really for us." The ensemble cast is believable and talented, and each young actor breaks out of his or her proscribed stereotype--the blond popular girl, Nova (Aimee Teegarden, also a standout in Scream 4), the broody dark-haired mystery guy, Jesse (Thomas McDonell--watch your back, Pattinson), and more. There are outcasts who earnestly believe in the magic of prom, and there are anointed ones who are jaded. But somehow they will all come together on this night to go through the wonderful, sometimes terrifying, sometimes shudderingly awful night known as prom. Standouts in the crowd include Mei (Yin Chang), who is obsessing over a secret, and Tyler (DeVaughn Nixon, incredibly handsome and confident on camera). Jared Kusnitz is Justin, a John Cusack-like Everykid who observes all the angst and anticipation leading up to the dance, and can't quite commit to whether he's part of the scene or not. Director Joe Nussbaum keeps all the intertwining stories moving along crisply, and guides his young actors with a light, engaging hand. Before you know it, it's prom night, and every viewer will have his or her heart on the line. Prom also features a great soundtrack, with fresh songs from the Weepies, the Shout Out Louds, and more. Dance on, kids. --A.T. Hurley
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Where the casting is let down is the guys, bar the goofy Lloyd who plays that nervous shy awkward guy trying to come out of his shell but a bit too late in senior year, are pretty much identikit stereotypes. Also, what is up with having a field lacrosse team for the jocks? Who plays field lacrosse at a public school and has it as the "main" team for the school? Since it was set in Michigan, why not use hockey? Or basketball? I mean, even football...but American Pie me lacrosse? Seriously?
The other big problem is the script. Where are the laughs? It's not all that funny a movie. No classic lines. No zinging comebacks. No funny situations. There are lame attempts (the various ways apparently this scrioptwriter thinks boys ask girls to the prom involve spelling out "Prom?" in inventive ways) at it but they go nowhere. Plus with the myriad of couples they have in the movie, why not flesh out their roles a bit more. I found the dialogue very very boring. Even the whole Tyler-Simone-Jordan love triangle was so bland.
There are plenty of better teen comedies that revolve around the prom out there and, yes, parents even ones that will be clean enough to not offend people who think movies should be as clean as 1950s TV series.
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Prom is from Walt Disney Studios, and is rated PG. That should have conveyed a lot of information to prospective viewers. You can't expect the characters to reflect the darkest depths of any high school population--no cussing, no sex, no drinking, and no drugs. And you'd do well to be prepared for some corny and idealized moments.
But, considering this movie's upfront identity and obvious target audience, people are unjustifiably harsh towards it. This movie knows what it is, and what it is is nothing to be ashamed of! It's cute and fun and still manages to possess relatability and discernible depth.
The fact that this movie doesn't delve into the truly bad and ugly doesn't make the characters that ARE presented any less real. We all know/knew the star athlete and the "it" girl, the loner and the oddball, the stellar student and the awkward kid, the gossip and the forever couple. They're all there. I love every character because they're relatable, and those meant to be likable are. It doesn't hurt that I think the newcomer cast is excellent. I especially hope to see more from the actors playing Lloyd, Nova, and Jesse. The parents are represented here, too, and we know them as well: the protective dad, the mom who works her tail off to support the family, and the open-minded, uncritical mom...Parents being given presence and some substance in teen flicks is rare and refreshing. The movie even got the clothes and music right. (And the soundtrack is great!) I can't say the same about others of its kind, whose crew didn't seem to have stepped foot in a high school of today.
I liked what critic Leonard Maltin had to say about the movie: Teen feelings aren't trivialized in this film. And, I might add, they're not dramatized, either. It's not as simple and artificial as, "OMG, Johnny is so hot. He should have asked me to prom, not Melissa! How dare he?!" Nova combats her preconceptions about what defines a person; how far she is or is not willing to go to adhere to her image, one her father supports; and how well she can take others at face value. Jesse fights taking after a detrimental role model, works on containing his rage, and tries to shed his bitterness from being judged. Jordan chooses between having the night she's built up in her mind falling flat, and taking on the less perfect night her self-respect demands she take on. These are meaningful emotions and conflicts, and they lead to as many warm moments as there are funny ones. Sure, maybe it's on the messagey side, but do I need to remind you this is from Disney?
So, ultimately, this movie isn't about prom. It's about what prom stands for in the lives of each of the characters, and it's the setting for the culmination of every student's four-year journey of personal and social development. This isn't some empty Cal sweet treat: it has some substance, too!
And when it comes to movies, there have been a good number of prom films in the '80s from "Footloose" and "Pretty In Pink", the 90's with "She's All That", "American Pie" and "10 Things I Hate About You" but lately, prom films have become more horror-driven, and in recent memory for non-horror prom film's in recent years, the only thing that comes to mind is the 2004 film "Mean Girls" and the 2008 film "High School Musical 3'.
But in terms of a film that primarily focuses on a high school prom, I guess America's due for a new prom film.
And so we have Disney's "Prom" directed by Joe Nussbaum ("George Lucas in Love", "American Pie Presents the Naked Mile") and written by Katie Wech.
The film focuses on a group of teenagers from the same high school preparing for the prom.
"Prom" is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:78:1). For the most part, "Prom" is a beautiful looking film. Because there are so many characters, various locations, outdoor, indoor, you get a wide range of colors featured throughout the film. Colors are absolutely vibrant, black levels are nice and deep and you can see actually see the detail on the faces of the characters as well.
Picture quality is very good!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
"Prom" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. The film is primarily dialogue and musically driven. So, dialogue and music is crystal clear and when it comes to surround usage, its pretty much the music that envelops the soundscape. From Katy Perry's "Firework", Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart" and plenty of Indie music playing throughout the film, definitely makes the film upbeat. But aside from that, I don't recall any major use of the surround channels. "Prom" is pretty much a front and center-channel driven film.
Subtitles are in English SDH, Spanish and French.
"Prom" comes with the following special features:
Last Chance Lloyd - (10:18) Scenes featuring Lloyd trying to ask a girl out for the prom and his younger sister Tess trying to help him out.
Putting On Prom - (5:58) Producer Justin Springer, writer Katie Wech and director Joe Nussbaum talk about how they cast the characters for the film and the cast talk about working with each other.
Bloopers - (2:34) Outtakes from "Prom".
Deleted Scenes - (7:44) Featuring an introduction by Director Joe Nussbaum and producer Justin Springer for each of the four deleted scenes.
Music Videos - (24:16) Featuring the following music videos: All Star Weekend - Not Your Birthday, Neon Trees - Your Surrender, Moon - Time Stand, Nolan Sotillo - We Could Be Anything (English Version), Nolan Sotillo - Junto Lo Havemos Bien (Spanish Version), Those Dancing Days - I'll Be Yours and Girl in a Coma - Come On, Let's Go.
"Prom: 2-Disc Combo Pack" comes with the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film. The DVD is presented in widescreen (1:78:1) - Enhanced for 16×9 Television, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DVS Dolby Digital and subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish. Also, a slip over case is included.
Prom films are not the easiest films to create especially if you incorporate many characters to the film.
Back in 1999, "She's All That" incorporated a lot of people but opted to include Hollywood's up-and-coming stars such as singer Usher and Lil' Kim, actor Freddie Prinze , Paul Walker and actress Rachael Leigh Cook, Gabrielle Union and Anna Paquin. But what made the film work was how you have high school life outside of the prom and everything leading to the prom as the climax.
We have seen the efficacy from that formula for prom films such as "Pretty in Pink", "Footloose", "Mean Girls"...you have to showcase the high school life of these characters and then lead to the prom.
And sure, you have the banality of the dance scene, the fight scene that you typically get from prom films but with "Prom", the problem is that there is too much focus on different characters, there is not enough story development to make you care for them. The only couple you are emotionally invested in is Nova and Jesse. Two people who are opposites but are attracted to each other.
But when it comes to the other characters of the film, you just don't care. Mei and Jared, we assume they a long time couple but there was no plot device to setup the friction between the couple until later into the film. The same goes with the love triangle between Tyler, Simone and Jordan. Jordan's character wasn't really explored. She shows up earlier in the film and disappears until prom day.
There is so many of these situations where you felt blocks of story may have been edited out for time, that it's unfortunate. In fact, there are deleted scenes that probably shouldn't have been cut out at all. And this is sad, considering Joe Nussbaum mentions it right after his commentary for the deleted scenes, in which he tells viewers "hopefully, you agree that these scenes should have been deleted"...but unfortunately, some should have stayed in.
"Prom" is a film that feels incomplete because the pacing of the storyline for the characters outside of Nova and Jesse is off. I liken it to a child's first try at connect the dots. When the child forgets to follow the correct order and miss a dot, the picture doesn't seem right. It's the same thing with "Prom" and how it introduces so many characters without building the storyline around those characters.
But Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell do a wonderful job playing the main couple of the film. For those who grew up in the '90s, it was quite interesting to see Christine Elise (who was the spunky teenager, Emily Valentine on "Beverly Hills 90210') playing Jesse's mother and also a brief cameo by actress Faith Ford ("Murphy Brown" and "Hope & Faith") as the mother of Nova.
As for the Blu-ray, there a quite a few special features and its cool to see a good number of music videos included on the Blu-ray. The only thing that I wish was included on the Blu-ray are the web episodes of "Corey & Lucas For the Win" featuring "Prom" Sophomores Cory (Cameron Monaghan) and Lucas (played by Nolan Sotillo).
Obviously the purpose was to show how different types of students deal with prom and also, its target audience are more than likely tweens and teens who probably are not going to delve so much into how deep the story is. If anything, it's a safe film as well, so parents wondering if there is going to be any hanky panky teen sex ala "American Pie", they need not worry about that with "Prom". There is a fight scene and teens ditching class but nothing else beyond that.
Overall, "Prom" has its fair share of fun moments but also is hurt by its missed potential. If you are a tween, teen or a parent looking for an upbeat prom film, then Disney's "Prom" is definitely for you!
The film has all the things to fit as a "chick flick" but more realistic and a little more unexpected. Also, the music was very well picked. I'm an indie music fan and I recognized more of the half of the songs, I have to say it's one of the main reasons I liked this movie. The actors are good, especially Aimee Teegarden, that proofs that she can be able to be the main character and many more. Can't wait to get it, because it's a must have. Give it a chance. Forget the fact that this is a Disney movie, because it is very well done and you'll probably get surprised when you see it.
Rating: 5 Stars
I loved this movie!
My description to my father was "guys want to ask girls to prom, and girls want to be asked by guys. And the guys and girls end up going together!"
For a movie with such a simplistic summary, it was spectacular.
The jokes were funny, the characters were sweet and likable, the plot had no holes, and throughout the movie I just had a string desire to say "YAY!"
If you like rom-coms, this is for you. You won't be disappointed.