*½/**** Image A Sound B Extras C+
starring Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonnell, De'Vaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell
screenplay by Katie Welch
directed by Joe Nussbaum
by Bill Chambers Prom--not inconsequently promoted as "Disney Prom"--is an ensemble piece I'd love to call Altman-esque, but its major influence appears to be episodic television, specifically the seriocomedies one finds on Disney- owned and operated ABC Family. Much like that weekly dose of "Greek" or "The Secret Life of the American Teenager", Prom features multifold, compartmentalized storylines, a cast that meets the minimum requirements for forming a model U.N., an unyielding soundtrack geared towards dictating emotions and/or spurring iTunes downloads, and subject matter that alternates between light comedy and light controversy. Its ending even feels like that of a season finale--enough to tide viewers over during the summer, perhaps, but hardly the soaring stuff of Chuck Workman montages. Audiences seemed to sense that Prom was just going to place a big-screen surcharge on the type of thing they'd normally watch for free, and without any larger box-office incentives (3-D, a certified heartthrob, a pre-established character), the film barely recouped its paltry $10M budget.