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The World's Best Prom (2005)

Dori Sorensen , Ben Adrian , Chris Talbott , Ari Vena  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dori Sorensen, Ben Adrian, Tonya Witherspoon
  • Directors: Chris Talbott, Ari Vena
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rumur Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7N2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Celebrity Prom Stories
  • Filmmakers Q&A
  • Racine Prom 1953
  • A Portrait of Racine 1951
  • Prom Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Once a year for over five decades, prom mania grips the entire population of Racine, Wisconsin. Prom-goers from seven city high schools converge on one citywide prom to make red carpet entrances bombarded by the flash of cameras and screams from bleachers filled to capacity. Across the city, residents keep their eyes glued to the live television coverage of the spectacular event. If the Academy Awards were moved to the heartland, this is what it would resemble. THE WORLD’S BEST PROM presents an all-access pass to this extraordinary event, documenting its history and the social significance it has to the community. The candid and remarkable stories of three teenagers from completely different backgrounds chronicle the emotionally charged days and nights leading up to their unbelievable prom night, while providing insight to a pivotal time in a teenager’s life as they inch closer to adulthood and face making decisions that will effect the rest of their lives. This celebratory film is for anyone who has ever wished they could relive prom night.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Film on the Heartland and Prom! January 24, 2006
By Rod
I visited my friend in Austin (Hook'em Horns!) and saw this screen at the Alama Drafthouse. The film is a documentary about the town of Racine, Wisconsin, which is essentially a blue-collar town that has a rich history - all about prom. The film follows two women: Dori, a "bad" Catholic high school student who smokes and does drugs and Tonya, a black, shy, and college-bound student who is ready to go to college and become a forensic scientist. The film does an admirable job of showing various sides to every aspect of prom, and effectively, life in Racine as a high school senior: dates, money, college, careers, sex, drugs.

There are funny moments in the film but overall you realize what prom means to many of these students and residents of this town. Prom isn't just a dance; prom is a coming-of-age that represents their expectations and transition into adulthood.

The very end gives us a glimpse of what happened to many of the interviewees, and their path after high school. There are a few moments of "wow!" and it comes full circle here.

The production value is typical documentary, mostly handheld digital cameras, and the sound and music are touch-and-go.

Can't wait for the DVD ... now if I can only dig up my old Prom pictures!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful January 26, 2006
I saw this at the Wisconsin Film Festival several years ago (2000? 2001?) by accident and thoroughly enjoyed it. At that time, it was a "short film" and full of some pretty hilarious stuff. Much crazier then my prom and it seems like a blast.

The two main characters were pretty fixed stereotypes: the black girl trying to escape her inner city roots and become something bigger, surrounded by a loving family and the white girl going to a Catholic school who rebels against her rich parents.

All in all it's a fun story about the Midwest and I'm looking forward to this version of the film which should give all these people and the prom much more depth and meaning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best prom--movie! May 14, 2006
I got to see this film at the NY screening and fell in love with the characters. The film is never condescending but full of humor, small-town charm, and pure unrestrained glee as the high schoolers prepare for the biggest night of their lives so far. Watching the entire town turn out was awe-inspiring if not a little scary. Not to be missed by anyone who went to prom and wants to remember it--while perhaps feeling relieved that those hectic days are in the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prom Night March 9, 2006
Oh how I wish I could redo my prom night, filled with a bright pink dress, delicious food I didn't eat because I was on a diet and a date that broke up with me the week before. At least I can enjoy a film about someone having a FUN! time for prom, and it's not going to end up like the finale of Carrie (I hope not!). Excited from the show on NPR and the screening at the Makor. They don't do it like this in the South.
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