The Prom (2020)

“Straight people like Broadway too.” – Principal Hawkins

“I’ve heard that. Always thought it was a fairy tale.” – Dee Dee Allen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a small town city council forbids a same sex couple to attend the high school prom, a group of Broadway actors travel there to become activists for the cause.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that is presented in a very over the top fashion.

The music is great and many of the songs have very catchy tunes and poignant lyrics.

The cast is superb even if they all cant sing properly.

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Kerry Washington and Keegan Michael-Key all help make their characters feel more realsitic in everything that transpires here.

This is based on a stage play and the use of the film medium actually helps expand the set pieces and locations which makes things a bit more realistic to watch.

The overall story has lots of potential, and the way that the various ‘stars’ try to hijack the social aspects of the events of the film seems like it could have been cut right out of the headlines.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although the original actors from Broadway auditioned for the role, Ryan Murphy decided to go with the “star-filled” cast. This is sadly ironic, as the stage version was designed to give leads to actors who had spent their entire career in supporting roles, such as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Angie Schworer and Christopher Sieber, whose roles in the film are played by Streep, Corden, Kidman and Rannells, respectively. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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