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?