Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 29, 2011 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Prom plays it so safe that it is not for an audience of folks who are at an age to attend a Prom.
The Prom is such a focal point for practically perfect Aimee Teegarden she finds herself repairing the ball decorations with the naughty guy on campus Thomas McDonnell. His hair is long and he skips his last class, for a good reason we discover later.
The cast of characters in Prom have no adventure in their hearts. It all appears to be a static series of events which fit into a pattern, from the misfit guy getting it on with the perfect prom girl and the and the goofy Rolo putting them all to shame with his unexpected prom date.
Quotes like "I'm not a slacker I take care of my little brother," and or "pretend you're a moral person," are suggested as life changing directions for the kids in this high school.
Danielle Campbell is Simone who is taken advantage of by DeVaughn Nixon's Jesse; the two of them are about as compatible a couple as oil and water. It's no surprise when she changes her direction. Of course there is the lonely guy who has a date that gets broken at the last minute. He's all dressed with a white sport coat and a pink carnation and no place to go.
Far too often characters appear to be victims of Prom Time rather than young folks who are enjoying the end of the last year of high school. When the best scene in a film is watching the star try on Prom dresses as if she were on reality show we know the script is in trouble.
Dateless characters become winners by bringing a little sister and finding a future date while discussing Ethan Frome. Even as all the problems are solved and smoothened over we get the best smile from good old Rolo who has a date that actually looks like her picture. But that's not enough.