The Prom review: A headache-inducing musical

The principal, Hawkins (Key), as gay as straight gets, is more than willing, in the general sense of giving every student her right. One of them, Emma (Pellman), has a slightly different dream: she wants to take her girlfriend to the prom. Murphy and writers Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin are unclear about where they want to go from here. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd The teenager, in fact, appears to be doing very well on her own. So you can be pardoned for expecting more than this headache-inducing, blinge-blinding, tone-deaf musical where all that glitter adds that up to so little zazz (yes, not jazz). Don't Miss These StoriesTorbaaz review: Sloppy execution mars Sanjay Dutt filmRemo D'Souza suffers heart attack, in ICUAly Goni, Nikki Tamboli and Rahul Vaidya to re-enter Bigg Boss 14Click here for more

Emma might not need their help — in the film’s only break from stereotype. Written by Shalini Langer

December 11, 2020 6:25:23 pm

Ryan Murphy's The Prom is streaming on Netflix. While rejected by own parents and dressed in unusual threads, she seems to have an overall surprisingly sunny disposition for an American teen. Smith’s entourage, that includes an utterly-utterly wasted Kidman, starts out seeming like a parody on celebrity culture, its narcissism and its shallowness. The PTA head, Mrs Greene (a stentorian, and hence less teary-eyed Washington), can’t be more clear about her stand: she uses her position to have the prom cancelled rather than have the “American way of life” challenged.×1.png
This is where some major and minor Broadway stars, led by Dee Dee Smith (Streep), and including Barry (Corden), enter the scene, seeing in Emma a cause celebre worth some good PR. And not one, not two, but three proms. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Once upon a time (after time), there is a school in Indiana — the state gets as bad a rep as it can survive — where all the high schoolers’ hopes and dreams rest on attending a prom. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. But, sure enough, like most glossy Murphy productions, the film is ultimately about showbiz offering the world “the much-needed escape it needs from the harsh realities of life”. (Photo: Netflix)The Prom movie cast: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Kerry Washington, Jo Ellen Pellman, Keegan-Michael Key, Ariana DeBose
The Prom movie director: Ryan Murphy
The Prom movie rating: One and a half stars
Two American institutions (the prom, Meryl Streep) meet two American indulgences (Ryan Murphy, James Corden) here. However, help, that pours out in a medley of forgettable songs, is what Emma will get.