Prom (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Prom is from Walt Disney Studios, and is rated PG. That should have conveyed a lot of information to prospective viewers. You can't expect the characters to reflect the darkest depths of any high school population--no cussing, no sex, no drinking, and no drugs. And you'd do well to be prepared for some corny and idealized moments.
But, considering this movie's upfront identity and obvious target audience, people are unjustifiably harsh towards it. This movie knows what it is, and what it is is nothing to be ashamed of! It's cute and fun and still manages to possess relatability and discernible depth.
The fact that this movie doesn't delve into the truly bad and ugly doesn't make the characters that ARE presented any less real. We all know/knew the star athlete and the "it" girl, the loner and the oddball, the stellar student and the awkward kid, the gossip and the forever couple. They're all there. I love every character because they're relatable, and those meant to be likable are. It doesn't hurt that I think the newcomer cast is excellent. I especially hope to see more from the actors playing Lloyd, Nova, and Jesse. The parents are represented here, too, and we know them as well: the protective dad, the mom who works her tail off to support the family, and the open-minded, uncritical mom...Parents being given presence and some substance in teen flicks is rare and refreshing. The movie even got the clothes and music right. (And the soundtrack is great!) I can't say the same about others of its kind, whose crew didn't seem to have stepped foot in a high school of today.
I liked what critic Leonard Maltin had to say about the movie: Teen feelings aren't trivialized in this film. And, I might add, they're not dramatized, either.Read more ›
And when it comes to movies, there have been a good number of prom films in the '80s from "Footloose" and "Pretty In Pink", the 90's with "She's All That", "American Pie" and "10 Things I Hate About You" but lately, prom films have become more horror-driven, and in recent memory for non-horror prom film's in recent years, the only thing that comes to mind is the 2004 film "Mean Girls" and the 2008 film "High School Musical 3'.
But in terms of a film that primarily focuses on a high school prom, I guess America's due for a new prom film.
And so we have Disney's "Prom" directed by Joe Nussbaum ("George Lucas in Love", "American Pie Presents the Naked Mile") and written by Katie Wech.
The film focuses on a group of teenagers from the same high school preparing for the prom.
"Prom" is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 1:78:1). For the most part, "Prom" is a beautiful looking film. Because there are so many characters, various locations, outdoor, indoor, you get a wide range of colors featured throughout the film. Colors are absolutely vibrant, black levels are nice and deep and you can see actually see the detail on the faces of the characters as well.
Picture quality is very good!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
"Prom" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit), French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. The film is primarily dialogue and musically driven. So, dialogue and music is crystal clear and when it comes to surround usage, its pretty much the music that envelops the soundscape.Read more ›
The first twenty minutes seem to drag with a very Disney like perception of what's important to an eighteen year old. Oddly though I got sucked into this and really enjoyed it. The depiction of the final weeks at high school with no teenage debauchery makes for a very refreshing change, honestly it does! Unrealistic but a feel good movie.
You will find yourself caring about the characters and in the end feel like shouting "YES" as the jock/player teen gets his comeuppance.
A really nice feel good family movie from Disney I recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was pretty cute but...idk...I think it needed a little more dramaPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Heartwarming and touching movie about what Prom means or should mean. I've watched it several times and enjoy it each time. Great performances.Published 2 months ago by Marie
If you want a cheesy but enjoyable chick flick, you get what you asked for with this movie.Published 5 months ago by Yinka Ladeinde
cool flick its tried and true story telling great for teens and good for movie loversPublished 5 months ago by yawaysvoice
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