Now on Blu-ray and DVD is Disney’s “PROM”.
PROM looks like it tried to jump on the coattails of High School Musical (without the musical part). There are no song and dance numbers but the characters and their situations seem stereotypical (like High School Musical or Breakfast Club). However, because it’s a Disney movie, it’s rated PG, so there’s no adult language and the situations the characters are in are a bit more “watered down” for the intended teen audience.
PROM centers around the main character of Nova (Aimee Teegarden). Nova’s a teenage girl who seems to be somewhat obsessed with creating the perfect prom for her classmates. She’s the head of the prom committee and also the Senior Class President. Her ambitions to create the perfect evening are shattered when an accidental fire ends up torching the wooden storage shed where all the decorations that she (and her friends) worked so hard on. With mere weeks before the event she’s faced with the burden of recreating all the decorations, seemingly alone since all her friends now have other commitments.
Enter Jesse (Thomas McDonell) into the picture. Jesse seems to be the slacker-type who just doesn’t care about school, or anything school-related. After repeated run-ins with the school principal, the principal decides to pair up Jesse and Nova to work on the prom decorations together. The two soon discover that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the other and a friendship (and soon a romance) between the two starts to form.
There are, of course, other characters and sub-plots throughout the movie but Nova and Jesse are the central storyline of the pic.
My main issue with PROM is that it just doesn’t seem very believable. I’m not sure if it’s a lack of character development, the acting, or the watered down dialog, but it just doesn’t seem to do a good enough job of reeling me in and making me care about these characters. Maybe to the target audience (teens) it comes across differently, but I really don’t believe it would. There are entertaining aspects to keep you interested, like Rolo and Lloyd’s stories, but other sub-plots (like the whole Tyler, Jordan, Simone story) just weren’t as entertaining or convincing.
The plot summary (from the press release) and link to purchase the movie from Amazon are below.
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!
- Putting on PROM: Making of Featurette Bloopers
Everything on the DVD, plus…
- “Last Chance Lloyd” Exclusive Short – Laugh out loud at all the creative and hilarious ways Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) asks girls to Prom in his heroic quest for the perfect date…actually, any date!
- 4 Deleted Scenes – With introductions by producer Justin Springer and director Joe Nussbaum.
7 Music Videos:
- Allstar Weekend – “Not Your Birthday”
- Neon Trees – “Your Surrender”
- Moon – “Time Stand”
- Nolan Sotillo – “We Could Be Anything” (English version)
- Nolan Sotillo – “Juntos LHaremos Bien” (Spanish version)
- Those Dancing Days – “I’ll Be Yours.
- Girl In A Coma – “Come On, Let’s Go”