With prom just a few months away, television stations will probably start airing prom based movies. Although I’ve not seen all of them I did make a list of some must see films for prom.
1. Pretty in Pink – This film was written by John Hughes, directed by Howard Deutch, and released in 1986. The cast includes Molly Ringwald as “Andie “, Andrew McCarthy as “Blane”, James Spader as “Steff”, Annie Potts as “Iona”, and John Cryer as “Dickie” which happens to have the most lovable personality in the film. “Andie” and “Blane” come from two different worlds with one having a lot of money and the other who comes from humble means. “Andie” lives with her alcoholic father while “Blane’s” parents aren’t mentioned. “Blane” is close friends with “Steff” who has a major ego problem and tends to be smug, full of him self, and looks down on those that don’t come from money. However, “Blane” is humble and doesn’t look for someone that is in the same circle; instead he likes “Andie”. Andie also likes “Blane” but is torn because she has a circle of friends who are quite different and also don’t have the financial stability as the “preppy crowd”. The heart of the story comes with “Dickie” who is infatuated with “Andie” but doesn’t know how to tell her how he feels. A couple from two different worlds end up being together, making their relationship work in spite of the obstacles, and enjoying their prom.
2. Carrie-Carrie was written by Steven King and Lawrence D. Cohen, directed by Brian De Palma, and released in 1976. This film isn’t your normal prom movie where everyone is happy and in a good relationship. It stars Sissy Spacek as “Carrie”, Piper Laurie as “Margaret”, “Carrie’s” mom, Amy Irving as “Sue”, and John Travolta as “Billy”. “Carrie” has a psychotic and her overbearing religious mother who isolates her. She doesn’t make friends easily and is the target of a cruel plot. At his girlfriend’s urging, “Billy”, who is very popular, agrees to take “Carrie” to the prom. Unknowingly another classmate decides to embarrass “Carrie” by getting her elected as prom queen and then pouring pig’s blood all over her after she is crowned. But “Carrie” has the power of telekinesis and has the ability to move things around with her mind. She therefore gets even after she is showered with the blood and the prom is like no other.
3. She’s All That – This film was written by R. Lee Fleming Jr., directed by Robert Iscove, and released in 1999. The cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr., as “Zack”, Rachael Leigh Cook as “Laney”, Paul Walker as “Dean”, and Kevin Pollack as “Wayne”, “Laney’s” dad. Laney is a shy and frumpy looking teen who stays away from the social scene and doesn’t have too many friends. “Zack” on the other hand is a popular jock who was dumped by his girlfriend for a soap opera star. At his friend “Dean’s” urging, he makes a bet that he can turn nerdy “Laney” into a popular and pretty girl. But he doesn’t realize what the outcome will be when he falls in love with her and ends up taking her to the prom.
4. Never Been Kissed – This movie was written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, directed by Raja Gosnell, and released in 1999. The cast includes Drew Barrymore as “Josie” who was nerdy, chubby, and not at all popular in high school, David Arquette as “Josie’s” older brother who was popular, athletic, and wanted by most girls, Molly Shannon as “Anita”, “Josie’s” crazy co-worker, and Michael Vartan as “Sam”, who is a high school teacher. “Josie” works at a newspaper where she doesn’t get much respect and has aspirations of being a great journalist. She is given an assignment to pose as a high school student to get information about the school. Unfortunately she doesn’t have much luck fitting in because she herself didn’t fit in when she experienced school the first time. She eventually fits in with a group of popular girls and has a crush on her teacher. She ends up falling in love with him and at the prom her true identity is revealed. Although shocked, the teacher still falls in love with her at the end of the movie.
In addition to these movies you may also like “Napoleon Dynamite”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, and “Prom Night”. Grab your popcorn, drinks, and your date so you’ll be prepared for this upcoming prom season.