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Thursday, May 5, 2011 03:56 pm

Prom a bland party

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Aimee Teegarden

It’s been a long time, but I don’t remember going to prom being the angst-filled occasion it’s portrayed to be in the squeaky-clean Disney movie Prom. Seems it’s an event that causes great emotional turmoil for some, is the inspiration for elaborate methods of asking for a date and is an opportunity for those from different cliques to bridge their differences and unite around the punch bowl under a crepe paper sky. Here I thought it was just a way to kill a couple of hours. Who’d a thunk it?

As inoffensive as Jello, this family-friendly “entertainment” presents a world in which drug-addled teens are nonexistent and the biggest crisis is when the decorations for the big dance are destroyed in a fire. Thank goodness plucky Nova (Aimee Teagarden) is up to righting this wrong and misunderstood bad boy Jesse (Thomas McDonell) is willing to help. Wonder who they’ll end up going to the big dance with?!?

That question is what passes for suspense here. Other plot threads – and I’m being kind in referring to them as such – deal with a lug of a loser who has to overcome his lack of self-esteem to ask a girl out for a date while another deals with the teen-who-would-be-prom-king who just might be a two-timer. Don’t get me started about the sophomores who are mingling with seniors in hopes of getting asked to the big dance. This is heady stuff for the teens this is pitched to and if this is the extent of the problems they are dealing with let’s hope they realize how blessed they are to be so insolated from the outside world.

Contact Chuck Koplinski at ckoplinski@usd116.org.

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