Disney teams up with Joe Nussbaum (Sydney White) to celebrate prom season in what amounts to a Disney Channel television movie that lacks even the broad laughs one might expect from a kid’s dramedy.
Prom follows a group of cardboard cutouts preparing for the big night (does any teen these days feel like prom is the most magical night of their young lives anymore, anyone?), but something essential is missing from this take on contemporary teen life. It’s not the square prom committee chair (Aimee Teegarden) who doesn’t get asked to the dance by the anonymous type-A guy of her dreams and must work with the resident “bad” boy (Thomas McDonell) in the days leading up to the event, discovering, of course, that he’s not only a “good” guy, but all she ever wanted.
Nor is it the popular jock (DeVaughn Nixon) on his way to earning the prom king crown alongside his inevitable queen (Kylie Bunbury) although he’s secretly macking on a young cutie (Danielle Campbell) who is the object of affection of one of her geekier peers (Nolan Sotillo).
In other words, there’s soapy drama, but not one ounce of the reckless, raging hormones that parents fear (and remember all too well from their own prom nights). This is prom for the middle school to maybe junior high-aged television watchers. No one’s spiking the punch with alcohol or reserving a hotel room to stage a wild after-party. Prom isn’t a prom movie, nor is it a prom anyone would want to attend. Grade: D
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