In Edgewater, Indiana, head of the Edgewater High School PTA announces the school’s prom will be canceled because female student Emma Nolan wanted to take a girl to the dance. Meanwhile, in New York City, narcissistic Broadway stars Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman are disappointed after their show Eleanor! closes on opening night due to negative reviews. They are comforted by Trent Oliver, a Julliard graduate who is between acting jobs, and Angie Dickinson, a performer who has just quit her part in the chorus of Chicago. They realize Dee Dee and Barry need a cause to seem caring and selfless, and after finding Emma’s story on Twitter, they drive to Indiana to help her get a a prom.
Director: Ryan Murphy
Cast: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key
Review: The film exudes the warm spirit of acceptance, and cinematographer Matthew Libatique begins to bathe the film in a softer glow. But it’s also a delicate juggling act of comic caricature and sincere sentiment, and Murphy can’t quite pull it off. Some have made strong cases that the performance by Corden as a gay stereotype, in particular, is off-key. Others are more successful. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Meryl Streep is terrific. More than anyone, she seems to relish parading through the gulf between Broadway and Middle America, proudly introducing herself as a “gay-positive icon” and trying to land a non-existent hotel suite by presenting her awards at the front desk. The Prom works hard to be a good time and it is, but its long runtime makes it insufferable in some instances. I agree the movie is a musical but its soundtrack included one song too many.
Verdict: Worth the Home Popcorn