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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Unrealistic prom flick is bland for teens, fine for tweens.

Movie PG 2011 104 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 9+

Cute, nice movie, but is important to talk about its message

Not good, not bad either. There are a few good role models so, if your kid is about 8-10 years old, he/she might actually like it, but I would also recommend to talk afterwards about the messages and why is prom so important in our society, making clear that it's NOT the most important thing in your life, and if it is, you have to broaden your horizons.

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Great role models
Too much consumerism
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age 9+

Pre-teen movie.

"Weird" is how the group of 9yo and 10yo I took to see it. However, they enjoyed it well enough. Completely innocent look at realistic teenage drama.

This title has:

Great messages

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Parents looking for a completely tame high school movie for their younger kids to watch will be thrilled with this PG version of adolescence. Director Joe Nussbaum has so rigorously Disney-fied the high school experience that the characters act more like Disney Channel or Nickelodeon TV tweens than real teenagers. In the Prom universe, no one is belligerent or rebellious or even hormonal. Jesse skips class to help his single mom, and when it's revealed that the school 's big jock, Tyler (DeVaughn Nixon), is cheating on his prom queen-wannabe girlfriend, Jordan (Kylie Bunbury), she breaks up with him without betraying any bitter recriminations. It's like these teens are from another planet where high school is devoid of any wild and crazy -- or even merely emotional -- students.

Naturally, such a sugary-sweet take on the last month of senior year is fine for tweens, because it's definitely not aimed at actual high schoolers. While teens are likely to laugh right along with the adults, a 10-year-old may not pick up on all of the clichés -- like when Jesse takes off his lumberjack flannel shirt to reveal muscular arms, or when he croons to Nova "When I'm about to kiss you, you'll know."

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