Nicholas Braun

Asking out someone you like isn’t just a Prom matter, it’s one that people face every day. How do you avoid it? Well, when we got to hang with Prom’s Nicholas Braun, he gave ME tips on how to lessen your chances of getting rejected by that special someone you’ve had your eye on. He’s practically an expert! In the movie, Nicholas’ character has a hard time trying to ask a girl to Prom, find out what he had to say and read the review.

-Marjorie Yan

Sparks fly between Thomas McDonell and Aimee Teegarden

Move over, Say Anything and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; there’s a new teen classic in town and its name is Prom. The script, penned by newcomer Katie Welch, is witty, charming and sentimental in all the right places. It’s brought to life by a fresh, young, talented cast including  Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden and “10 Things I Hate About You’s” Nicholas Braun.

The StoryProm Review 
Directed by Joe Nussbaum (Sleepover, Sydney White), Prom captures every bit of the drama that comes along with high school’s biggest night: the dress hysteria, the decorations and th e pressure it puts on the couples and the singles.  It centers around 14 high-schoolers and their various Prom-related struggles.  The story really begins when all of the Prom committee’s hard work goes up in flames. With a show-must-go-on attitude, Senior Class President Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) takes on the task of recreating all that was lost with only three weeks left before the big day.  In order to graduate, delinquent Jesse Richter (Thomas McDonell) must help Nova in her efforts to put together a spectacular Prom.  At first, personalities clash, but, before long (Surprise!), sparks begin to fly.  

 The Cast
Aimee Teegarden gives a worthy performance as perfectionist Nova, but the character is a little bit overdone and pales in comparison to McDonell’s rebellious Jesse, who steals the screen with his
brooding brown eyes and smug delivery.  He looks just like a young Johnny Depp (He’s set to play the teen version of the famous actor in the upcoming film Dark Shadows).  This skilled hottie plays Jesse with a whole lot of poise; His lines fall off his lips like he made them up.  McDonell is truly a modern day James Dean, breathing life into a tired cliché; he makes it good to be a bad boy again.  

Getting creative with Prom invitations

Another triumph for the guys is Nicholas Braun as the perpetually dateless Lloyd Taylor.  Lloyd is adorably awkward, a true romantic who lacks in the swagger it takes to pull off the grand gestures he dreams up.  His asking mishaps are some of the funniest scenes in the film, and his quirky portrayal will surely land him comparisons to a young John Cusack.  

The ladies kind of take a back seat in this stud-filled teen movie, but Danielle Campbell’s Simone is a memorable character, mainly because her pretty face gets a lot of camera time.  Her big eyes convey the innocence and vulnerability necessary for her character, a naïve sophomore who hasn’t yet realized she’s totally stunning.  However, sometimes Simone’s innocence fades to plain old vacancy in those giant eyes, and Campbell becomes more of a camera object than a character. 

The rest of the cast do a great job at making this an ensemble movie, really committing to the subplots that make this movie magical.  Mei Kwan (Yin Chang) and Justin Wexler (Jared Kusnitz) successfully portray high school sweethearts struggling to hold onto their relationship as they prepare to enter the adult world of college.  Nolan Sotillo rocks as a baby-faced underclassman Lucas Arnaz, coping with a raging case of love-sickness for the first time in his life.  De’Vaugh Nixon is convincing as Tyler Barso, a conceited athlete-type that’ll seem familiar to anyone who’s attended a high school where jocks rule the campus and the hearts of every girl in the student body.  And Kylie Bunbury’s Jordan Lundley is a breath of fresh air as a popular girl who isn’t blonde, and is collected and confident rather than catty and cruel. 

The Music 
’s soundtrack is another one of its many pluses.  It’s like an iPod playlist stolen from that cool girl in your math class who goes thrifting and can pull off chunky rings and glasses without lenses in them.  The soundtrack of “Prom” is a nonstop indie-fest, with songs by Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Allstar Weekend and more.  The music, paired with powerful cinematography (the happy scenes are perfectly bright, the emotional scenes contrastingly dimmer), makes Prom one of Disney’s best.  

Prom takes the generic good-girl-meets-bad-boy plot and gives us bright young stars, believable chemistry, funny and heart-breaking subplots with the crazy, stressful, expensive and utterly perfect event that is Prom as the backdrop. Prom is a movie that allows us to turn to our parents and say: Hey, your generation may have had the Brat Pack and John Hughes, but our generation came just as close to capturing that entire teen experience in a smart, funny and touching feature film.
– Karina Stow

Photo credit: Richard Foreman Jr. © Disney Enterprises, Inc.