Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prom - DVD Review

Starring Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Cameron Monaghan, Yin Chang and Nicholas Braun.
Directed by Joe Nussbaum.


Disney is trying to add a little more John Hughes to the High School Musical formula, and maybe tweens will fall in love with this, but Hughes always found a way to find the soul within the cliches.  This movie makes sure the safe choice is always made, and so the ensemble must ride and fall on the skills of their actors, and their skills range from charismatic to Disney Channel sitcom.

It's actually a stark contrast to Myth of the American Sleepover.  That movie had less plot, but the kids felt real enough that it could have been a documentary.  Here we have several characters who are assigned their personality traits and they never stray from them.

The whole thing is pleasant enough, and like I said, I'm sure it'll score with its targeted demo, but there's nothing in here to help it trascend to any other age group.  But I'd rather sit through this than, say, a Suite Life of Zack & Cody movie.

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