There is very little to recommend in Disney’s Prom, a dull-witted box office flop arriving as a two-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (the second disc is a standard DVD). The tagline for this unimaginative time-waster is “Who are you going with?” – and that’s just about the only concern throughout the movie. A whole bunch of high school guys try to impress girls with elaborate methods of asking them to prom. These methods involve body paint, huge signs, cheerleading routines, and just about anything else that might convince the girls.
Nova (Aimee Teegarden) hopes the school’s number one prep Brandon (Jonathan Keltz) will ask her to prom. Nova couldn’t be more gung-ho about planning prom. She lives for it in a way that is nearly unhealthy. But Brandon has other plans (an interview to get into his dream college) and can’t take Nova to the dance. This is Prom’s central irony: the prom’s biggest supporter, who has committed countless hours to its preparation, can’t manage to get a date.
Complicating matters, all of Nova’s hard work goes up in flames – literally – when a carelessly ignored candle sparks a fire that consumes the decoration storage room. Enter Jesse (Thomas McDonell, a very poor man’s Johnny Depp), the school’s resident motorcycle-riding rebel. In the film’s most improbable twist, Jesse is “sentenced” to helping Nova with prom prep in order to avoid expulsion. He and Nova must learn to work with each other as they recreate the decorations.
As Nova and Jesse’s relationship morphs from repulsion to attraction, Prom tracks the exploits of other students. There’s Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) and his multiple failed attempts to secure a date with an available girl. Lucas (Nolan Sotillo) wants to go to prom with Simone (Danielle Campbell). But Simone is torn because of her attraction to the two-timing Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon). All of these interactions are exceedingly boring and by-the-numbers. They exist simply to pad out the thin plot. Prom skirts any serious issues. Just because it’s rated PG doesn’t mean Katie Wech’s screenplay couldn’t have worked an ounce of depth into the characters.