Prom (film)

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Prom Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoe Nussbaum
Produced byTed Griffin
Justin Springer
Written byKatie Wech
StarringAimee Teegarden
Thomas McDonell
Cameron Monaghan
Yin Chang
Nicholas Braun
Dean Norris
Danielle Campbell
Nolan Sotillo
Kylie Bunbury
Christine Elise
Raini Rodriguez
Music byDeborah Lurie
CinematographyByron Shah
Edited byJeffrey M. Werner
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$10.1 million[2]

Prom is a 2011 American teen romance comedy-drama film directed by Joe Nussbaum written by Katie Wech and produced by Ted Griffin and Justin Springer. It was released on April 29, 2011, by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was the first major production shot with Arriflex's Alexa HD cameras to be released in theatres.


It's time for the annual prom. Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) is on the prom committee with her friends Mei Kwan (Yin Chang), Ali Gomez (Janelle Ortiz), Brandon Roberts (Jonathan Keltz) and Rolo Banus (Joe Adler). They made all of the decorations and are finally prepared. Nova hopes Brandon, whom she has a crush on, will ask her to go to the prom. The prom is both something to look forward to and a source of worry. Lloyd Taylor (Nicholas Braun) complains to his stepsister Tess Torres (Raini Rodriguez) that he has no date, but Tess recommends to ask anybody, it does not matter who. Mei discovered by now that she has been accepted at a different university than her boyfriend Justin Wexler (Jared Kusnitz), and worries about telling him as prom approaches. Lucas Arnaz (Nolan Sotillo) has been in love with his lab partner Simone (Danielle Campbell), and turns to his friend Corey Doyle (Cameron Monaghan) to help him ask her to the prom. The only one who does not care about the prom is Jesse Richter (Thomas McDonell). He plays truant, rides his motorcycle across the schoolyard, and behaves as if nothing matters. Principal Dunnan (Jere Burns) tries to talk to him but does not get through to him.

Meanwhile, Jordan Lundley (Kylie Bunbury) finds an earring in the car of her boyfriend, Tyler Barso (DeVaughn Nixon) but he assures her that he's not cheating. He shows how much he cares for her by taking her on a romantic date inside of the shed with the prom decorations, and asking her to the prom. Unfortunately, they forget to blow out a candle after their departure and it sets the shed and the decorations ablaze. With only three weeks left, Nova is forced to make all new props, but her friends are too busy with other things and can not help her. The principal gives Jesse a choice, either he helps Nova with the decorations, or he can't graduate. Jesse accepts reluctantly, as does Nova. They realize that they need each other. While Brandon deeply disappoints Nova by not asking her to the prom, she and Jesse grow closer, despite the fact that Jesse finds the idea of prom ridiculous. When Nova discovers that the prom theme of the neighboring school is the same as theirs, Jesse decides to sneak into their school and see how their decorations compare. Unfortunately while trespassing, the security guard notices them and the police catch them after they escape. The police call Nova's parents and when Nova's father arrives he gets extremely mad at Jesse.

Meanwhile, Lloyd still cannot find a date. He gets frustrated and desperate. Lucas asks Simone to a barbecue of his friend Tyler. Tyler tries to talk and flirt with her and she rejects him, because he is dating Jordan. Simone tells Lucas she wouldn't have gone if she had known it was Tyler's party. It seems that Tyler and Simone have a past. Meanwhile, the stress in Mei and Justin's relationship reaches the breaking point, and Mei cancels on Justin for fear of telling him about her acceptance. At school, Lucas blows off Corey to spend more time with Simone, and asks her to study for the upcoming test with him, to which she agrees. However, as she is about to go to library, Simone is stopped by Tyler, who convinces her to talk with him. He tells her about his feelings for her. Jordan sees the two talking and immediately grasps the situation. After school, Nova apologizes to Jesse for her dad's behavior. Later, she brings him along as she goes dress shopping, for a second opinion. Back at school, Simone apologizes to Lucas for having ditched him. She has a surprise, tickets to a concert, where Stick Hippo (his and Corey's favorite band) is opening. Lucas wants to take Simone instead of Corey, much to Corey's dismay. Jordan dumps Tyler for his unfaithfulness, and decides to go to prom alone. This prompts him to ask Simone to prom, which is the same night as the concert, and she agrees. Simone tells Lucas that she is sorry, but she cannot go to the concert.

Mei apologizes to Justin for her behaviour and tells him the truth, but instead of feeling hurt that she is going to a different college, he tells her he is proud of her. They agree that they should still go to prom together. As Lloyd gets rejected by another girl, he spots Lucas sitting outside the school, looking dejected. He learns his situation, and tells Lucas his own mistake with girls and high school. Lloyd tells Lucas that if he really loves Simone, then he should tell her. Two nights before the prom, Nova, Ali, and Mei are in Nova's room, talking. Nova confesses to them that she has feelings for Jesse, which her dad unfortunately overhears. The next day, Nova's father tells Jesse he cannot ask Nova to prom, because he is "bringing her down". That afternoon, Jesse is unusually hostile towards Nova and deserts her. On prom night, Lucas climbs a tree to reach Simone's window. He tells her how he feels and begs her not to go to prom, but she goes anyway. Disappointed, Lucas realizes what a bad friend he has been to Corey, and offers him the other concert ticket. The two head off to see their favorite band happily.

At her house, Nova is heartbroken, and refuses to pose for the camera in her prom dress. Her father, worried, explains that he was the one who told Jesse not to ask her to prom. Angered, Nova storms out of the house. Meanwhile, at Lloyd's house, it is revealed that he is taking his sister to prom. At Jesse's house, his mother has a talk with him, and he realizes that he should still take Nova to prom. At the school, Tyler leads Simone into the building, and almost immediately abandons her. Simone finds out from a couple of girls that it was actually Jordan who dumped Tyler, and Tyler had gone to her with no other option. As Tyler and Jordan are pronounced prom king and queen, Jordan refuses to participate in the king-and-queen dance. When Tyler asks Simone to dance, she refuses and leaves. She goes to the concert parking lot, where she waits for Lucas, and they share a dance. Nova is having an awful time at prom, and when Ali tells her the fountain centerpiece is broken, she cannot take it any more. As she is about to leave, she hears the fountain start again, and knows the only person who could have fixed it was Jesse. He walks up to her and asks her to prom. She agrees, and they dance followed by a kiss.


  • Aimee Teegarden as Nova Prescott, the class president who is determined to host a great prom.
  • Thomas McDonell as Jesse Richter, the school bad boy.
  • Cameron Monaghan as Corey Doyle, Lucas' best friend.
  • Yin Chang as Mei Kwan, Nova's super smart friend who is dating Justin.
  • Janelle Ortiz as Ali Gomez, Nova's other friend
  • Afam Okeke as Phillip
  • Nolan Sotillo as Lucas Arnaz, Corey's shy music loving best friend who harbors a deep crush on Simone
  • Danielle Campbell as Simone Daniels, plays guitar and piano and is Lucas' lab partner and his prom date.
  • Kylie Bunbury as Jordan Lundley, Tyler Barso's girlfriend who is extremely popular
  • DeVaughn Nixon as Tyler Barso, Jordan's lacrosse-playing, self-absorbed boyfriend.
  • Jared Kusnitz as Justin Wexler, Mei's steady, easy-going boyfriend.
  • Nicholas Braun as Lloyd Taylor, the shy, "invisible" kid at school who has trouble getting a date to prom
  • Joe Adler as Robert 'Rolo' Banus, Nova's absent-minded friend
  • Jonathan Keltz as Brandon, Nova's crush
  • Christine Elise McCarthy as Sandra Linsey
  • Raini Rodriguez as Tess, Lloyd's stepsister who tries to help her stepbrother in his hour of need: Prom
  • Aimee-Lynn Chadwick as Rachel, a goth girl.
  • Dean Norris as Frank Prescott, Nova's over-protective father: Prom
  • Faith Ford as Kitty Prescott
  • Robbie Tucker as Charlie Richter, Jesse's little brother
  • Jere Burns as Principal Dunnan
  • Allie Trimm as Betsy
  • Amy Pietz as Mrs. Doyle
  • Carlease Burke as Rhoda Wainwright
  • Blair Fowler as Leah
  • Madison Riley as Kristen
  • Rocco Nugent as Anton
  • Ivy Malone as Alice
  • Chloe Little as Janel Lundley
  • Kofi Siriboe as Max
  • Kristopher Higgins as Derek


While Prom is set in Michigan, filming took place in Los Angeles, California.[3]


Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend the film grossed $4,712,638 in 2,730 theaters, ranking at #5. By the end of its run, Prom grossed $10,130,219 domestically, making it a box office disappointment, even though it passed its budget by two million.

Critical reception[edit]

Prom has received mixed to negative reviews. As of August 12, 2014, review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 36% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 87 reviews with an average score of 5.1/10.[4] As of August 12, 2014, the film holds and average score of 50 at Metacritic based on 24 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Salon film critic Andre O'Heir gave the film a negative review, calling it "a would-be tween-oriented hit so scrubbed and sanitized and not worthy of paying attention to that it can barely be said to exist at all".[6] Another film critic, Claudia Puig of USA Today, notes that Prom's "entertainment quotient comes up deficient".[7] Conversely, Boxoffice Magazine film critic Pete Hammond offers a more positive review of the film, calling it a "highly entertaining original movie that's funny, touching, and real", while mixed reviewers note that it is a "predictable but painless pastiche of high school drama cliches that will give its intended tween audience a lot to squeal about."[8][9]

Home media[edit]

The film was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and movie download on August 30, 2011.[10][11] The release will be produced in two different physical packages: a 2-disc combo pack (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and a 1-disc DVD.[10][11] The film will also be released as a movie download option, in both standard definition and high definition.[10][11] All versions of the release will include the "Bloopers" and "Putting on Prom" extras, while the Blu-ray Disc combo pack will additionally include a bonus short called "Last Chance Lloyd" (directed by Taz Goldstein) that expands on Lloyd's search for a prom date as well as four deleted scenes, and seven music videos.[10][11] The film's download version includes the "Bloopers" and "Putting on Prom" extras as well as three music videos by Allstar Weekend, Neon Trees, and Moon.[10][11]


Prom: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedApril 26, 2011
GenrePop rock

Pop band Allstar Weekend's song "Not Your Birthday" was used to promote the film. It was later included in iPhone/iPod app Tap Tap Revenge 4 as a free soundtrack song. Additionally, Example's "Kickstarts" was used in the trailer and Katy Perry's "Firework" was used in the trailer of the film and during the actual prom scene of the film. The soundtrack was released under Disney's Hollywood Records label, three days before the film's premiere date.

1."I'll Be Yours"Those Dancing Days3:22
2."Your Surrender (JD Walker Remix)"Neon Trees4:15
3."We'll Be Alright"Travie McCoy3:18
4."Not Your Birthday (Movie Version)"Allstar Weekend3:25
5."Time Stand"Moon3:04
6."Dreams"Passion Pit4:18
7."Please Speak Well of Me"The Weepies2:33
8."We Could Be Anything"Nolan Sotillo4:11
9."In Deep"Shere3:17
10."Prettiest Thing"Oh Darling3:20
11."Can't Keep My Hands Off You"Simple Plan3:20
12."Come On, Let's Go"Girl in a Coma2:06
13."Almost There"Lauren Hillman2:12
14."Impossible"Shout Out Louds3:51
15."Stick Hippo"Stick Hippo2:12


Young Artist Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Robbie Tucker Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Actor Ten and Under Nominated


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  2. ^ "Prom (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "Prom – Production Notes – Production Information". Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Prom". Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Prom". Metacritic. Metacritic. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  6. ^ O'Heir, Andrew (2011-04-28) "Prom" and the bland, creeping evil of girl culture,
  7. ^ Puig, Claudia (28 April 2011). "Tell the Limo to Drive RIght Past This PRom". USA Today. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  8. ^ Hammond, Pete (27 April 2011). "Prom". Boxoffice Magazine. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  9. ^ Scott, Mike (29 April 2011). "Disney's Prom Will Give Tweens Plenty to Squeal About". Times Picayune. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d e Plath, James (26 June 2011). "Disney's PROM was available on Blu-ray, DVD, Movie Download, and On-Demand on August 30". DVD Town. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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