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Prom

Prom hits all the movie-teen stereotypes but fails to offer anything new.

From left, Janelle Ortiz, Aimee Teegarden and Yin Chang in the movie Prom.
From left, Janelle Ortiz, Aimee Teegarden and Yin Chang in the movie Prom.

Prom
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Nicholas Braun, Thomas McDonnell
**

Glitter, American pop and melodrama are the key ingredients for Prom, the latest in Disney's line of live-action teen movies. Placing an unfathomable amount of importance on the American tradition of the high-school prom, the movie follows several students as they prepare for "the biggest night of their school lives". There's Nova (Teegarden), the class president organising the event, the quiet "invisible kid" Lloyd (Braun) and several others all getting through love, heartache and growing up as they head towards the big night. While winning you over with wide-eyed honesty and a lack of cynicism, Prom suffers from clichés that are otherwise sidestepped by todays "smarter" teen movies. The shy outsider, the control-freak class president, the bad boy… all the stereotypes are present and correct, but compared with High School Musical or Glee, whose demographic Disney is surely aiming for, there are few fully fleshed-out characters or stand-out performances. Braun is perhaps the most memorable, but is let down by the script at vital points. The various plots come together in a predictable fashion, resulting in a teen drama that may be feel-good, but lets itself down by merely going through the motions.

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