I’ve been through high school and went to prom, and all I can tell you is that the dance is great but mostly overrated. Disney’s Prom is no different. The movie creates a fantasy world full of squeaky-clean teenagers whose biggest fear is not having the perfect night, a bit cliché to say the least.
There are six stories of various characters maneuvering through their last days of high school before the big dance. You’ve got plenty of teenage stereotypes that only promote clique distinctions. By the end of the movie, I was literally gagging on my popcorn while watching these people complain about things not going their way.
Everything about Prom was completely unrealistic. As seniors in high school, you know that there’s bound to be some cussing and talk about sex. With a PG rating, Disney can’t include anything as realistic as that, so instead we’ve got drama like a guy ‘cheating’ on his girlfriend and a bad boy with long hair who completely ‘rebels’ against the entire event. It’s sad that the film wasn’t rated PG-13 and dealt with some real issues, since obviously Prom is most marketable to teens in high school.
The unrealistic nature of the film extends into its relationships. We don’t go into depth about any of the characters and yet are meant to believe they’ve each connected on a personal level with someone of the opposite sex. Meanwhile, the end of the film never resolves any of the story lines in the sense that everyone is about to graduate and go their separate ways but it’s just assumed that these relationships can stand the test of time. I mean honestly, the High School Musical series was better than this.
It’s difficult to watch Prom and believe anyone has an experience like Disney’s portrayal. However, it’s the fact that Prom propels the whole idea that the last dance of high school has got to be perfect that truly ruins the overall movie.