Picture from Prom
Overall B+

Despite all the hype this yearly event gets in American high schools, Prom causes plenty of angst for those doing the asking as well as for those hoping to be asked. And it is no less traumatic for the teens in this film that are looking for the perfect tux, the perfect dress and the perfect date.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B+
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and a brief fight.

Talk to your kids about…


How does Jesse’s father’s reputation affect the way others in the community view this young man? What does Jesse do to maintain their appraisal of him as a bad boy? Do people often live up (or down) to the expectations of others? What responsibility do teachers, parents and other adults have in helping young people rise above their present circumstances?

How do you feel about social rituals such as prom? Are they an important part of the high school experience or are they events that cause unnecessary drama or angst for students?

While this movie portrays stereotypical high school students, what twists does the plot include?