Intersecting stories unfold as high-school seniors prepare for their seminal event.
" Director Joe Nussbaum's movie comes from promising first-time screenwriter Katie Wech. Her work has a nice spirit; "Prom" may be the same old thing, and squeaky-clean to the point of mild-to-moderate aggravation, but it's not pushy. "
" 'Prom,' directed with too bland a TV hand by Joe Nussbaum, evaporates as you watch it, but it does go down easy. "
" This is a Disney flick, complete with an ensemble of Mouseketeers doing their level best to be the Muzak of kids -- any resemblance to an actual teenager is purely accidental. "
" It's a sweet, generic safe harbor for young kids, parents, and those teenagers who want to hide from the world for a couple of hours. "
" Occasionally, it's mildly amusing but the conclusions are so soft it hurts. "
" Prom is a good-hearted, perfectly watchable bonbon about adolescents with little on their minds besides who will ask or be asked to the graduation night shindig. "
" She's a conformist overachiever, he's a troubled soul; a third-grader could tell that the two will fall hard for each other by the movie's halfway point. "
" You certainly don't expect a Disney live-action movie to be ambitious or edgy, but you don't necessarily expect this degree of sloppiness either. "
" "Prom" is so strenuously inoffensive it makes Disney's "High School Musical" look almost racy by comparison. "
" Never have the stakes seemed so low for everyone involved. This is a sterile high school environment, lacking anything nearing controversy. "
" "Prom" is pure bubble gum, from its shiny wrapping to its mushy insides to its fleeting aftertaste. And sometimes, there's nothing wrong with chewing bubble gum. "
" A movie that's so anachronistically mushy and awkward, it earns extra credit simply for being so innocent. "
" They're a ridiculously cute pair and ridiculously at odds over this whole prom thingy, which is, by its very nature, ridiculous. So the ridiculous quotient is extremely high. "
" Here's a by-the-playbook movie if ever there was one. The machinations leading up to the big night are hardly worth the fuss: Prom's entertainment quotient comes up deficient. "
" There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh. "
" Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video. "
" For its intended audience, it hits just the right note of drama mixed with cuteness. "
" The pace is brisk, the soundtrack's bouncy, it really is more like a ride than a movie, and as lies about high school go... it goes down quite easily. "
" Nussbaum's crew works hard to maintain a fresh-scrubbed look to the school, its students and the small community that contains it. They succeed all too well. Couldn't there have been at least one wall with graffiti? "
" Except for a couple of nice touches, "Prom" is a remedial class in cliches. "
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