Director: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Merryl Streep, James Cordon, Nicole Kidman,
Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Jo Ellen Pellman
Running Time: 131 minutes
Release Date: Streaming On Netflix Friday, December 11
| Film Synopsis |
Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma's predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
| Review |
Summary (out of 5)
'The Prom' is an adaptation of Matthew Sklar‘s Broadway musical of the same name, directed by Ryan Murphy. It is also based on a true story of a teenage girl in Mississippi in 2010.
Meryl Streep and James Corden star as narcissistic show people. They're belting out a number that celebrates how they are "Changing Lives" by playing little-known historical figures Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, when they get the bad news that their show "Eleanor!" is a bomb. Needing good PR, they pivot to a story from Twitter about an Indiana high schooler whose prom was canceled because she wanted to bring a female date. So they gather some friends to make her a prom.
'The Prom', plays as a typical musical, lots of singing, dancing and over the time acting. Streep and Corden performances together were delightful. Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells complement alongside them. I really had a good time watching this adaptation. With 2020 being a bleak year, this film bought some ray of light. I would recommend if you're a fan of the genre.