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The Prom

The Prom: Meryl Streep and James Corden Broadway stars whose recent play was panned; Nicole Kidman, an actress relegated to the chorus who dreams of being at center stage; and Andrew Rannells, a guy who attended Juilliard but is serving drinks in a Broadway theater are all down on their luck and decide that they need to adopt a cause to reinvigorate their brands. In Iowa, when the local PTA finds out that Emma is going to bring her girlfriend to the prom, the head of the PTA stops at nothing to ensure that Emma won’t be attending. The 4 actors head to Iowa to adopt Emma as their cause. The film is based on a play of the same name that ran during 2018-2019. Overall, I thought the film was light and fun. I enjoyed most of the songs and the choreography. The story is charming and the message very affirming. While I really enjoyed the dancing and singing (more so than I usually do with these kinds of adaptations), the parts outside of that carried less of a spark. Nicole Kidman’s character felt “tacked on” to me, and I am not sure I ever figured out how she ended up with the group. I do love Meryl Streep, and she doesn’t disappoint here; she has a really nice Broadway voice. Thumbs up from me for a film that probably won’t end up on any “Best of 2020” lists, but it doesn’t need to either; it is just good, mindless, and visual fun. (2020; 3 Stars)

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