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Dave White Profile

One word title, one note movie. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

A high school movie for pre–high schoolers. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The cast's newcomers mix and mingle with ease with the hardened alums of Disney and Nickelodeon TV series.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie has a cheerful good nature and a solid cast of youngsters - including Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell - but any resemblance between this and real high school is, of course, purely coincidental.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Will Miss Perfect fall for the Leader of the Pack? It helps that he's played by Thomas McDonell, who's not only a dead ringer for the young Johnny Depp but also has a comparable charisma.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Unrealistic prom flick is bland for teens, fine for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney-fied take on a quintessential teen rite of passage is tween friendly. Unlike most movies featuring high schoolers, the characters in Prom don't swear, discuss sex, or indulge in overt public displays of affection. Characters do date and flirt, but only kissing is shown. There's some tension between a rogueish character and a group of guys who disrespect his mother, but the ensuing fight is brief and only shows one punch and some shoving. There's no drinking, and the language is limited to "stupid," "loser," and the like. The cast is diverse, and all of the teens make parent-approved decisions like leaving a two-timing boyfriend and not giving up a spot at a top university for a guy.

  • Families can talk about whether this is a realistic depiction of the way teens behave. Why might the filmmakers decide to clean things up a bit? Does that make the movie any less appealing?
  • Is prom really as important as Nova -- and the movie -- makes it seem?
  • Who's the target audience for this movie? Is it teens or younger tweens and kids? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

  • message true2

    Messages: The movie has positive messages about diversity and looking past someone's reputation. Lucas learns that he shouldn't wait to tell Simone how he feels, even though there's a risk she won't reciprocate his feelings. Lloyd and Jordan prove that even without a date, you can have a good time at prom.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Nova is hardworking and sees beyond Jesse's reputation. Simone eventually realizes that Tyler isn't the kind of guy she should be dating, and Mei doesn't let her relationship with Justin keep her from going to her dream university.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A guy gets up with the intent to fight some guys who are disrespecting his mother, but a girl stops him from doing anything. In another scene, a character gets into a brief fight; only one punch and some shoving are shown, but afterward the guy has a bloody chin. Two teens sneak into another high school's cafeteria and are chased out by the janitor and eventually stopped by the police.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few kisses and some flirting. A guy admits to having cheated on his girlfriend; another guy tells a girl that when he's about to kiss her, she'll know it.

  • language false1

    Language: Insults like "loser," "bad boy," "punk," "no good," "jerk." Also "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A couple of car companies, computers, and Internet services like Skype are mentioned or shown.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue