Total Recall: Memorable Movie Proms

With Prom hitting theaters, we run down some of cinema's most notable end-of-year dances.

Proms

With the end of the school year just around the corner, we're officially in prom season -- time for teens to rent limos, get gussied up in formal wear, and trip the light fantastic. Disney is celebrating with the appropriately titled Prom, in which the social event of the season affects the lives and relationships of an eclectic cast that includes Zach Braff, Jere Burns, and Aimee Teegarden, and it got us thinking about some of the more memorable proms in Hollywood history. From teen comedies to action, musicals, and horror, prom has been a popular theme over the years -- so hit the dance floor with us for an especially well-dressed Total Recall!

American Pie

61%

If it's senior year and you're a horny quartet of high school virgins determined to lose your virginity (virginities?) before graduation, prom is probably going to be the most important night of the year for you -- and so it is with 1999's joyously profane American Pie, which follows the hapless, fumbling, and very funny exploits of four friends with one thing on their minds. True, it spun off a pair of unnecessary sequels before tumbling into a direct-to-video shame spiral, but this Pie was a $235 million smash for a reason -- as Brian Webster of the Apollo Guide wrote, it's "An often raunchy, sometimes hilarious and occasionally touching story of hormones gone mad."

Back to the Future

96%

When you're in high school, the prom can feel like the kind of crucial experience your life depends on -- but for the time-traveling Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in Back to the Future, it's really true: if he doesn't make sure his parents smooch at the big dance, they'll never get married and have him, and he'll never get to drive a DeLorean or audition his hard-rockin' high school band for a sternly disapproving Huey Lewis. That's pretty heavy, but Future never gets too tangled up in its metaphysical implications, opting instead for an irresistible blend of action, adventure, and comedy. "To put it bluntly," wrote Empire's Adam Smith, "if you don't like Back to the Future, it's difficult to believe that you like films at all."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

33%

It's always a drag when someone crashes your prom, but what really (ahem) sucks is having to deal with an uninvited vampire king who's determined to destroy your school's resident hot blonde cheerleader/vampire slayer. Audiences seemed to agree in 1992, tuning out Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the box office -- and critics shared their disdain, with Janet Maslin of the New York Times offering what passed for praise by calling it "a slight, good-humored film that's a lot more painless than might have been expected" -- but screenwriter Joss Whedon had the last laugh, turning Buffy into a long-running TV franchise that spun off another series, comics, and untold volumes of fan fiction.

Carrie

92%

The prom can certainly feel like a horror show, what with all the date- and dress-related stress, not to mention the weight of expectations that can go along with that whole "rite of passage" thing. But with 1976's Carrie, director Brian De Palma -- working from the Stephen King novel -- turned prom into a full-on gonzo frightfest, complete with pig's blood, screaming death, and property destruction. It's the kind of thing that could easily descend into self-parody, but under all the mayhem, Carrie touches on timeless themes, and is grounded by nuanced performances from a cast led by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. Roger Ebert called it "an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in Jaws."

Footloose

56%

What's a big-city kid to do when he takes his artfully tousled hair and fancy moves to a small town, only to be told dancing and rock music aren't allowed? Walkman-sporting folk hero Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) only had one choice: to organize an illegal prom and demonstrate the magic that happens when everybody cut, everybody cut Footloose. An $80 million hit in spite of general critical disapproval, Footloose has become something of a generational touchstone for filmgoers of a certain age, thanks in part to the exuberance and scruffy appeal recognized by the New York Times' Janet Maslin, who wrote, "Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes."

Comments

Scott W.

Scott Weeks

first!

Apr 27 - 03:36 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh the envy <.<

Apr 27 - 04:34 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

I still hate whoever gave back to the future a bad review. Of course, their entitled to their opinion, but how could you hate back to the future? Carrie is one of those film's I've always meant to watch but have never gotten around to. As for the movie prom, looks somewhat lame but Disney seems to have pump up a big marketing campaign so it should be kinda successful. Oh, and scott w., noone cares.

Apr 27 - 03:48 PM

doomzdavo

Doomz Davo

Maybe Biff wrote that bad review.

Apr 27 - 06:56 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Whoever it was, they must be a but-head.

Apr 27 - 08:29 PM

Tyler P.

Tyler P

The Carrie prom scene was hard to sit through. Great horror.

Apr 27 - 03:55 PM

Kim Kardashian

KimKardashian K

My prom was hard to sit through, too, since I'd just been rammed up the butt by the whole football team.
Ah, the good ol' days. Now can someone please place their buttcheeks right in my face and squeeze out a big, juicy fart for me to smell...?

Apr 28 - 02:20 PM

Dean W.

Dean Wirth

One of the best movie scenes ever, split screen and all...

May 1 - 10:27 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"Prom Night", "Peggy Sue Got Married", "High School Musical", "It's A Wonderful Life", "Romy And Michelle High School Renion", "Mean Girls", ugh "Twilight", "She's All That", "Alice Adams" (Katherine Hepburn), "A Cinderella Story", "Napolean Dynamite", "Saved", "Harry Potter & The Goblit of Fire", "Sixteen Candles"!

Apr 27 - 04:01 PM

Babbaloo

Babaloo M

Thanks, but I can google "prom movies" too.

Apr 28 - 08:34 AM

Bryan C.

Bryan Correll

Google would have corrected "The Goblit of Fire" to "The Goblet of Fire"

Apr 28 - 09:23 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean you can google about prom films, but you didn't, at least not until I mentioned a few 'honorable mentions'!

Apr 28 - 12:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If you don't like my use of exclammation points than you have the option to devoid reading any of my comments at all, or are you one of those mental retards who MUST read every single comment other than mine!

Apr 28 - 12:36 PM

Dave J

Dave J

In my opinion, you got issues, Babbaloo if you come on here to comment about me other than to comment about the article!

Apr 28 - 01:03 PM

Babbaloo

Babaloo M

Relax, Dave J. Calm down. I just really think using periods could help with your anger issues. Perhaps exclaiming everything just gets you wound up.

Apr 28 - 01:17 PM

Nick M.

Nick Miller

relax, he did nothing wrong he just put up prom films on an article about prom films, if anything we should thank him as this article only has a few

Apr 28 - 02:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Excuse me- It's only "you" who interpret my comments as being angry! I don't think their is anybody else other than you that think that! And I also want to point out that instead of discussing about the article- what you rather do, like a mental reject is assume the persons "facial" reaction whose making a comment about the article! In your opinion, don't you think that is sad! What I'm most curious is whether you think you have important things to do than to "troll" onto my comment? Please, I would appreciate a response or do you really have that much time on your hands other than to add anything intelligent to the conversation?

Apr 28 - 02:32 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Do you even watch films? Other than posting a picture and ASSuming a persons reaction when you don't even know who or what the other "users" look like upon posting a comment? Are you really that lonely because their is always "facebook" and "youtube" where you can really see a persons facial reaction if it's that important to you when users are typing? Please, Babbaloo, I really like a response because I'm enjoying this, can't you tell?

Apr 28 - 02:41 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Oh yeah! One last thing, "Babbaloo"- you never told me you were "psyhic", that you were able to see mine as well as everyone else's facial expressions whenever a comments been posted without a camera! Wow, that is some ability!

Apr 28 - 03:09 PM

Babbaloo

Babaloo M

Wow Dave, you question the time I have on MY hands yet drop enough posts that they could be compiled into a short novel? Over my silly comment? Sorry man, didn't know you were so sensitive.

Apr 28 - 03:51 PM

Dave J

Dave J

And I didn't know you actually cared! I'm still waiting for a response to some of my questions?

Apr 28 - 04:09 PM

Babbaloo

Babaloo M

You're going to be waiting awhile. I'm bored, and done with, this conversation.

Apr 28 - 04:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"I have on MY hands yet drop enough posts that they could be compiled into a short novel" I don't agree because not all of my comments isn't enough for even a one page journal(word perfect wise)! Also interesting, is that I was only directing the comments toward you, and the best you can come up with is describing my comments as a short novel, like wow! Does it really feel that long for you to read! You have to admit that your so- called "silly comment" as you describe it was only intended to belittle a perfect stranger you know absolutely nothing about including what I look like, except that "it" watches films! So in your opinion, don't you think it's you who should grow up without adding anything new regarding this article!

Apr 28 - 04:27 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Thanks, but I can google "prom movies" too. " Okay, Babbaloo than why read and then comment on it then, if that's the case? Please, I like a response, otherwise it's left as either arbitruary or a contradiction?

Apr 28 - 03:28 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If you mean the comments made by user "Captain America" on the Terminator article, because he was never trolling and if you read carefully, I never called him one! You were, but not him in my opinion!

Apr 28 - 04:35 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

why are you such a baby? what point did you prove by wasting your time posting this much?

Apr 30 - 10:22 AM

Dave J

Dave J

The real question that should be asked is why waste time reading and then comment on something that has absoultely nothing to do with you- you f-cking tool!

May 3 - 12:18 PM

Steve O.

Steve Osborne

I haven't seen all of these movies but "Its a Wonderful Life" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" do not feature proms. Dances, yes, proms, no.

Apr 28 - 10:39 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, in my defense, although I love It's A Wonderful Life" that it's been awhile since I seen it! And I never made any claims about seeing "The Goblet of Fire"!

Apr 28 - 12:22 PM

Brian C.

Brian Clores

Wow dude, you are just... an absolute loser. I really hope this is all an act.

Apr 28 - 07:57 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If you mean me, why "look" and then read my comments then when it has absolutley nothing to do with you! Here's an example of another "troll" people!

Apr 29 - 02:25 PM

Swampfox

Pat Marion

I agree. This is so ridiculous. You're getting all hyped up over a comment that someone disagreed with you on. Calm the F down son!! You damn kids and your hip hop music and your energy drinks...don't know when to stop...

Apr 29 - 03:05 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"You're getting all hyped up over a comment that someone disagreed with you on"

That is not entirely accurate because I was antagonized on a previous article by "Babbaloo" for no reason and if you've been consistent, you would understand that!

Apr 29 - 04:24 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

I dislike most of these movies. Is that bad?

Apr 27 - 04:08 PM

Dave J

Dave J

It doesn't mean that it's bad, it just means that you have acquired tastes!

Apr 27 - 04:13 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

you must have had a bad prom....lol

Apr 27 - 06:09 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Haha, no. My prom was great. Too many girls wanted to dance with me. :D

Apr 28 - 01:14 PM

MAMOVIES

Matheus Cassiano

Carrie definitely had the worst Prom EVER.

Apr 27 - 04:13 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

I'm thinking those in attendance, that were burned alive or otherwise got smoked, had it just as bad.

Apr 28 - 08:21 AM

Dave J

Dave J

It doesn't mean that it's bad, it just means that you have acquired tastes!

Apr 27 - 04:13 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Carrie and Pretty in Pink . . .Say Anything . . . Heaven Help Us (was that a prom or just a dance?)

Apr 27 - 04:14 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

I have no interest to watch "Prom". But why didn't they put "Prom Night" in here? I know both the original & remake sucked, but, don't they count?

Apr 27 - 04:34 PM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

They count, but they both had such low, low Tomatometers that I decided to spare us all.

Apr 27 - 04:59 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Works for me.

Apr 27 - 06:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That's intersting, but can you say the same thing about the others!

Apr 27 - 08:21 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh the envy <.<

Apr 27 - 04:34 PM

Reg I.

Reg Inald

lame

Apr 27 - 04:47 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

lol

Apr 28 - 01:15 PM

Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles

They count, but they both had such low, low Tomatometers that I decided to spare us all.

Apr 27 - 04:59 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Works for me.

Apr 27 - 06:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

That's intersting, but can you say the same thing about the others!

Apr 27 - 08:21 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Well, I'm about to finish my senior year in high school without ever having been to a prom (though I've been to a homecoming dance). I was planning on going, but there's so much other stuff going on at the moment, and I also didn't really organize for it, so it's not worth it to me anymore. Besides that the girl I asked said no, not that that's what stopped me; I could've asked someone else or went by myself and had a good time. I just don't care enough right now.

I do love watching this stuff in movies, though. Back to the Future is definitely a classic.

Apr 27 - 05:34 PM

megahew

Bob Smith

Ha. I did not go to prom because I was too cheap. :p I mean, $40 for a ticket, man.

Apr 28 - 04:50 AM

Phillip K.

Phillip Kissell

I didn't go to Prom because
1) Genuinely no interest
2) Gay couple?! Ohs noes!

Apr 28 - 12:10 PM

You need an editor

Jonathan Hart

I saw the title of this article in my peripheral and it looked like "memorable porn movies".

Apr 27 - 05:55 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

now your talking !! call me when that list comes up....

Apr 27 - 06:15 PM

Ken

Kenneth W.

Porn > Prom

Apr 27 - 07:49 PM

Thats No MooN

joshua zimmer

Number one has to be Deepthroat

Apr 28 - 06:57 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Ha, yeah, like that's going to happen.

Apr 28 - 01:16 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

you must have had a bad prom....lol

Apr 27 - 06:09 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Haha, no. My prom was great. Too many girls wanted to dance with me. :D

Apr 28 - 01:14 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

now your talking !! call me when that list comes up....

Apr 27 - 06:15 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Works for me.

Apr 27 - 06:29 PM

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