The Prom review: A headache-inducing musical

The Prom film cast: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Kerry Washington, Jo Ellen Pellman, Keegan-Michael Key, Ariana DeBose
The Prom film director: Ryan Murphy
The Prom film ranking: One and a half stars

Two American establishments (the promenade, Meryl Streep) meet two American indulgences (Ryan Murphy, James Corden) right here. So you will be pardoned for anticipating greater than this headache-inducing, blinge-blinding, tone-deaf musical the place all that glitter provides that as much as so little zazz (sure, not jazz).

Once upon a time (after time), there’s a college in Indiana — the state will get as unhealthy a rep as it will probably survive — the place all of the excessive schoolers’ hopes and goals relaxation on attending a promenade. One of them, Emma (Pellman), has a barely totally different dream: she needs to take her girlfriend to the promenade. The principal, Hawkins (Key), as homosexual as straight will get, is greater than prepared, within the normal sense of giving each scholar her proper. The PTA head, Mrs Greene (a stentorian, and therefore much less teary-eyed Washington), can’t be extra clear about her stand: she makes use of her position to have the promenade cancelled relatively than have the “American way of life” challenged.

This is the place some main and minor Broadway stars, led by Dee Dee Smith (Streep), and together with Barry (Corden), enter the scene, seeing in Emma a trigger celebre value some good PR.

Murphy and writers Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin are unclear about the place they need to go from right here. Smith’s entourage, that features an utterly-utterly wasted Kidman, begins out seeming like a parody on movie star tradition, its narcissism and its shallowness. But, positive sufficient, like most shiny Murphy productions, the movie is finally about showbiz providing the world “the much-needed escape it needs from the harsh realities of life”.

Emma may not want their assist — within the movie’s solely break from stereotype. The teenager, in truth, seems to be doing very nicely on her personal. While rejected by personal dad and mom and wearing uncommon threads, she appears to have an total surprisingly sunny disposition for an American teen. However, assist, that pours out in a medley of forgettable songs, is what Emma will get.

And not one, not two, however three proms.

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