The Prom: Is It Worth the Hype?


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By: Grace Kaiser

Emma Nolan doesn’t have it all. Her parents disowned her when she came out, her girlfriend is terrified to come out, and her school won’t even host a prom that allows her to bring her girlfriend. Dee Dee Allen, on the other hand, has two Tony Awards, is a well-renowned performer, and has a large bank account to back her up. The heart-warming story of Emma’s journey to prom, and the uninvited help of Dee Dee and her friends to get there, is an inspiring and uplifting film that will spark joy for the holidays.

Netflix’s recent release of the adaptation of The Prom by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin is a hit; directed by Ryan Murphy, the film touches on the hardships of coming out, being in high school, relationships, and the downsides of being famous. Released in December of 2020, the film has a rating of 6.2 on IMDb, and a powerful lineup of actors including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana Debose, and Kerry Washington, as well as the movie’s star: Jo Ellen Pellman.

The always captivating performances of Meryl Streep lived on as she embodied the self-interested, yet misunderstood Broadway star Dee Dee Allen perfectly. This was followed by a stunning execution of the character Emma Nolan by Jo Ellen Pellman; Pellman brought emotion, talent, and passion to this role, which is just what it needed to capture attention. Along with the astounding acting by all characters, there was also an amazing soundtrack brought to life by this cast. Andrew Rannells stood out with “Love thy Neighbor”, written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the lyrics spoke truth and the vocals were astounding. Among my favorites were “Alyssa Greene” sung by Debose and “Dance With You” performed by Debose and Pellman. Not to be overlooked is an honest and heartwarming solo sung by Pellman titled “Unruly Heart” which was a beautiful anthem.

A long awaited film with a beautiful plot line, The Prom incorporates important messages that need to be heard. The talent in this film intensifies the strength of the truths spoken, and should be watched by anyone looking for inspiration and a good laugh.


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