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Prom (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 56

Given its flatly descriptive title and live-action Disney pedigree, Prom is more nuanced and less cynical -- but also just as corny and cliched -- as you might expect.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 17

Given its flatly descriptive title and live-action Disney pedigree, Prom is more nuanced and less cynical -- but also just as corny and cliched -- as you might expect.

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At "Prom," every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; "Prom" portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it's a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De'Vaughn Nixon) harbor

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Aug 30, 2011

$10.1M

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Occasionally, it's mildly amusing but the conclusions are so soft it hurts.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Except for a couple of nice touches, "Prom" is a remedial class in cliches.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Prom is a good-hearted, perfectly watchable bonbon about adolescents with little on their minds besides who will ask or be asked to the graduation night shindig.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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They're a ridiculously cute pair and ridiculously at odds over this whole prom thingy, which is, by its very nature, ridiculous. So the ridiculous quotient is extremely high.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Never have the stakes seemed so low for everyone involved. This is a sterile high school environment, lacking anything nearing controversy.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A watchable and satisfying family film.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

When I was in high school, I would have pretended like this movie was beneath me, that it's just about stupid prom. That's sort of what high school is about too. But I secretly would have loved it.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Wholesome story, colorful characters and sweet romantic elements, make for a decent watch.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

...a perfectly watchable - albeit utterly forgettable - little drama...

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There's one hell of a drinking game to be made for every utterance of title word.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

If Disney missed the bulls-eye this time, they still hit the target (audience).

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Pretty much a non-starter...its squeaky-cleanliness will seem more at home in its inevitable cable afterlife on the Disney channel. [Blu-ray]

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

[At least] it doesn't get mired in the '80s nostalgia that's come to infect today's teen comedies...

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

teen drama that may be feel-good, but lets itself down by merely going through the motions.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

It's the kind of thing that gives sincerity a bad name.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

With a squeaky-clean, smiling multi-ethnic cast, Prom gives a non-musical nod to Glee but doesn't dare address the same awkward teen issues that have made the show so popular.

June 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This Disney fare is so bland and unremarkable that you might be better off staying home and watching a repeat of Glee.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

As sanitised teen movies go, Prom is a scoop of sugar-free vanilla ice-cream resting on a gluten-free wafer that was manufactured in a completely sterile environment.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Only moderately exasperating.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Romance flowering or being dashed, a school where no one appears to be doing any coherent work and a Prom which brings the whole messy thing towards its feelgood finish.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

As high-school movies go, Prom isn't the coolest kid in class, but an appealing cast ensures that the film's sweetness and good-humour will go down well with tweens, even if their older siblings find proceedings a little too safe and insipid.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Even younger viewers would surely relish a little more raunch. It's hard to hate, however, and parents can take confidence in the fact that it could never be accused of being a corrupting influence.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Horribly cheesy in parts, it's fairly amusing in others and you may quite enjoy it if you're a 12-year-old girl. Everyone else should steer clear.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Comment (1)
Birmingham Post

If you're looking for a DVD for your tweenie sleepover, then here is the movie for you: a bland, Disney drama about all the heartache and craziness leading up to a high school graduation prom night.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's an orgy of good, clean fun (no swearing, no booze and definitely no fooling around) without one single original cinematic moment.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Prom

haha I didn't even watch the whole thing. I saw it on TV and thought it was Prom Night, which is an equally awful movie, but it has that hot guy that plays Snow's boyfriend which makes the entire movie watchable. But anyway...

The acting was so awful, as well as the writing. I was just watching it and it felt so awkward because no teenager would ever act like that or say any of those things ever in a million years. I only watched like the last 20-30 minutes and I was on my ipad too, so I wasn't paying much attention but this one scene was so hilariously outrageous. This girl is in her room getting ready and something flies through her window onto the floor. She looks out the window and there's a fucking little boy sitting in her tree! And he's like "I don't know how else to tell you, but I think now's a good time. I LOVE YOU." HAHAHAHHAHA omg. There wasn't a more appropriate time for him to confess his feelings to her? He had to sit up in a tree that looked about 20ft high outside her window. What sane/normal kid would do that? It's called a door and you walk up and knock on it or ring the doorbell, and after you knock -get ready for it- Someone comes to the door and let's you in! Crazy! Right? I know. Who would've thought knocking on a door would be easier than climbing a 20ft tree. But wait- It gets better!! Then he was like "I love you. If you go to the prom with that other boy, I might as well stay up in this tree forever." LMAO. Like dude you're 15, you don't know love. Get over yourself already. Go run to your mommy, have her make you a snack and you'll forget all about the nasty girl. Maybe if you weren't such a freak climbing trees like fuckin Tarzan, you would have a girlfriend. And you know what? In the end I think he is with his mom in a car HAHAHA I called it!!

This was such a Disney movie. So clean, so innocent. Where's the couples having sex for the first time in the back of their rented limo? Where's the kids dry humping each other on the dance floor and barfing on each other because they can't hold their alcohol? Where's the kids drunk driving their way home, side swiping every parked car that comes in their path? That's what prom is about. Getting into trouble and fucking shit up. Real teens. Real world. Not in this movie.
January 6, 2013
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Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Jared Kusnitz, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan, Kylie Bunbury, Joe Adler

Director: Joe Nussbaum

Summary: Reinventing a rite of passage event for a new generation of prom-goers, this Disney movie mixes the stories of several high schoolers who are alternately planning on going -- or not going -- to the biggest dance of the year.

My Thoughts: "I'm trying to imagine being a teenager again and if I would have maybe liked this movie then... nope. It's one of those brain dead films. I don't understand why a film about a prom needs to be almost two hours long. I can't believe it was so unoriginal and predictable, oh wait! Yes I can. Obviously I knew what I was getting myself into when I watched this. But sometimes you have to suffer through awful things when you have a teenager.
February 21, 2012
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A group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom.

Good movie. Sweet and heart-warming. It has Disney magic written all over it. I actually enjoyed it enough to say to others I saw this movie without shame jaja.

Prom and high school graduation are approaching for a group of seniors, but when the prom decorations are destroyed in an act of school vandalism, the class president is left scrambling. With everybody else pre-occupied with finding dates and dresses, Nova is left to rely on the principal forcing the school rebel to help her out. But when he's there for her when she needs it, she starts looking at him in a different light.
October 5, 2011
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    1. Nova Prescott: You're about to kiss me.
    – Submitted by William R (19 months ago)
    1. Sandra Richter: Even if it fits, you'll still be the bigger man.
    – Submitted by Emily M (2 years ago)
    1. Kitty Prescott: You were gonna kiss me.
    2. Jesse Richter: If I'm about to kiss you... you'll know it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Nova Prescott: It's just all of us together and this one perfect moment.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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