"Wholesome High School Highlights"
Walt Disney brings moviegoers a wholesome film on the preparation and fun of a high school prom in the movie PROM.
PROM follows many different couples and characters preparing for the big dance. The main character, Nova, works hard as the student president and head of the prom committee.
Just as Nova is putting up the posters for upcoming prom, there are many guys asking girls to the dance, and couples kissing after the “Yes” is spoken. Each of Nova’s friends are being asked to the prom, but there are a few who are still searching for date, like the awkward Lloyd, who asks every girl in the senior class.
Even though Nova has worked so hard on prom, she doesn’t yet have the perfect date. She hopes her co-prom-committee worker, Brandon, will ask her to the big dance. Brandon is in every AP class with Nova and is working hard to get to a great college, but he doesn’t have the charm that Nova wishes he had. In the end, he asks Nova by saying, “Would you like to carpool to prom?”
After working so hard on the prom preparation, Nova is crushed she didn’t get asked in such a romantic manner like most girls. In fact, in attempts to ask in that romantic manner, the lead Lacrosse player, Tyler asks his popular girlfriend Jordan to the prom by lighting candles in the barn which holds all the “starry night decorations” for the dance. Tyler forgets, however, to blow out all of the candles and in the morning the decorations the prom committee had worked on so diligently had burned down. Nova’s in distress because her co-committee prom workers could not assist in rebuilding the decorations, so the principal decides to have Jesse Richter, the school rebel, help Nova.
Jesse and Nova could not be more different, but they start to bond while they spend time preparing for the dance. Hearing Nova’s passion to unite the senior class at prom, Jesse decides to work harder at helping with the decorations. Even though Jesse appears to have a hard and careless attitude toward life, he helps his family stay together and takes care of his little brother. Of course, Nova’s father does not see this about Jesse and only sees that Nova is becoming interested in him. Wanting to protect his ambitious daughter, Nova, from a boy who appears to be going to prison before college, Nova’s father stops Jesse from asking Nova to the prom. Then, it’s revealed that Tyler is cheating on his girlfriend, Jordan, and spending time with a sophomore.
Will Jesse be able to take Nova to the prom? Will Tyler suffer any consequences for cheating on Jordan?
PROM is a wholesome, entertaining movie that doesn’t show the crazy parties that can take place in high school. Instead, it focuses on a passionate student president as the main character and her potential new boyfriend, a disguised rebel who’s actually fighting for his family. However, because the defining moment is just a big dance, the suspense and storyline fall short, so PROM doesn’t always hold the viewer’s interest. There are also too many extraneous characters.
(H, B, L, V, S, N, M) Light humanist worldview with some moral elements; three “Oh my God” profanities; light violence with light bloodletting when rebel gets in a fight with punches swung; many scenes of kissing and making out of high school students, but mild; brief upper male nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, cheating, lying, dysfunctional family, father left family, and breaking and entering.
PROM follows some high school seniors as they set up their prom. The story focuses on Nova, the student body president, who tries desperately to make the prom a success. The boy she wants to ask her to the prom doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body. Then, one of the other boys (who’s cheating on his girlfriend) accidently burns down the place where the prom decorations are kept. The principal pairs Nova with one of the school rebels, Jesse, to fix things. Jesse realizes how much the prom means to Nova, so he works harder to help her. Meanwhile, Jesse helps his family stay together and takes care of his little brother, but Nova’s father doesn’t see this side of him.
PROM is a wholesome, entertaining movie that doesn’t show the crazy parties that can take place in high school. Instead, it focuses on a passionate student president as the main character and her potential new boyfriend, a disguised rebel who’s actually fighting for his family. However, because the defining moment is just a big dance, the suspense and storyline fall short, so PROM doesn’t always hold the viewer’s interest.