“The Prom”: A Musical That Teaches Acceptance

Emilia Aviles, Staff Writer

For some, “The Prom,” a Netflix film, is a relatable musical comedy, and for others, it is a must-see due to the director’s past musical hit,“Glee.”


The focus of this movie is on Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden), two narcissists who need to get some good press after their Broadway show received terrible reviews. They are followed by their two friends, Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells), a Juilliard graduate, and Angie Dickison (Nicole Kidman), an out-of-work actress. The four intend to drum up good press by publicly supporting Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman), a high school student who went viral for being ostracized due to her sexuality.


Emma is a teenage girl who wants to go to prom like the rest of her peers. However, the school’s PTA board cancelled the prom because she wanted to take her girlfriend as her date. The PTA eventually finds a way around it all and sets up two proms, so Emma can go to prom but not with everyone else. The outcome was not acceptable, so Emma fixes things her way by taking it to the internet. She reached out to others like her with the power of music and hosted a dance where everyone could be accepted.


This movie is great for those who enjoy singing and jazz hands. As someone who is not a fan of musicals, it was hard to stay engaged. Some parts of the movie were slower, and others were more intriguing. For example, it was interesting when the whole school tricked Emma or when the audience learned about Emma’s home life. This was definitely a production with ups and downs, but overall had a good message behind all the singing and choreography. No matter who you are or who you love, embrace it and accept others for who they are.


“The Prom” earns four stars if you stick with it and view the production as a whole. This is a good movie to watch with friends and family. It opens the tables for discussion and understanding each other in different ways. My only problem with this is sometimes they lose the viewers in the constant singing. They did portray an interesting way of showing you must always fight and stay true to yourself even if others oppose it.