Disney comedy is bland and generic tween fluff, starring Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell
After the huge success of the High School Musical franchise, Disney have been quick to cash in on the teen genre, and Prom is based on another event from the school calendar upon which it hangs a familiar story. But despite the assured direction of tween specialist Joe Nussbaum (Sleepover, Sydney White), Prom proves too blandly generic for its own good.
The film centres around popular girl Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), who is in charge of organising the titular end-of-year celebration of her fellow high schoolers. But when a fire throws her plans into chaos, Nova is forced to work alongside her nemesis, hunky bad boy Jesse (Thomas McDonell). Unsurprisingly, initial aggression between the mismatched creatives gives way to tentative romance, leading to an alright-on-the night slow-mo musical finale.
Avoiding clichés is hardly vital when aiming at a youthful audience, but even the most gullible will find Prom’s sugar-sweet shenanigans to be gratingly predictable, with Katie Wech’s script offering none of the wordly smarts of an average Glee episode. Anxious teenagers might be drawn to the bright, shiny packaging and the attractive-if-somewhat-overage cast, but this is hardly worth renting a tux for.
General release from Fri 3 Jun.