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MOVIE REVIEWS: PROM

April 29, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Just to make sure that the tween/teen crowd is also covered at the multiplex this weekend — every other demo seems to be — Disney is rolling out Prom, its latest iteration of the High School Musical formula. The critics are yawning. “Essentially, this feels like a Disney Channel TV show stretched out to fit the big screen,” AP critic Christy Lemire comments. “No one pops out as a major star quite like the actors did in the High School Musical series, but they’re all harmless and good-looking and the school is sufficiently multicultural to make everyone feel comfortable and included.” Writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune: “Prom may be the same old thing, and squeaky-clean to the point of mild-to-moderate aggravation, but it’s not pushy.” Lou Lumenick in the New York Post says that the movie “is so strenuously inoffensive it makes Disney’s High School Musical look almost racy by comparison.”Virtually every critic remarks that the film amounts to a collection of clichés, but Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times writes: “Here’s the thing: There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh.”