Top Five Movies That Feature a Prom

Prom season is upon us for the first time in our household.  My Monster is a Senior this year and she has decided to go to the prom, sans date, but with a group of friends.  This is fine with me as she has never really thought much about the opposite sex, except for ones in movies or anime.  She will have more fun than with someone that she would feel socially awkward around. So we have done the whole thing: dress, shoes, tiara, transportation.  Finding the dress was the hard part.  We looked at the skimpy, flesh revealing collections that JC Penny’s, Macy’s, Nordstroms, we even checked out local consignment shops.  She tried on many dresses, liked a few but nothing were “The One”.  I bit the bullet and we went to Davids Bridal.  She found a nice, black Vera Wang (with pockets!) that only needed a small alteration.  We gussied it up with a rhinestone belt (to match the tiara), fancy earrings, and very high, sparkly shoes.  A friend will be doing her hair and make-up, so we are all set.

Getting her ready for prom made me think of all the movies that feature a prom.  So, here is my list of top five movies that feature a prom, in no particular order.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Oh Shakespeare, how I adore thee.  The prom in this one is the climax in the movie.  The whole situation builds up to whether Patrick (Heath Ledger (RIP)) will be successful in dating Kat (Julia Styles).  With Kat dating, it allows Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) to peruse her many suitors. Eventually, Bianca finds out that the nice guy is the right guy.  Kat find out that Patrick was paid to take her to prom, hearts were broken, then mended. The End.

Carrie (1976)

Stephen King is a God.  This was his first novel that was published.  Casting Sissy Spacek as Carrie was ingenious.  She is very pretty and can pull off the shy, but psycho.

The prom itself was generic, but once Chris (Nancy Allen) and Billy (John Travolta) rig the election causing Carrie to get doused in pigs blood, things get exciting. Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to punish those who did this to her.  Since people laughed, everyone died.

This is one of my favorite scenes in any horror film.  It starts out all sweet.  Everyone is clapping for Carrie and Tommy (William Katt) as they walk toward the stage to be crowed King and Queen. The music is promising, the lighting is happy.  Carrie gets crowned, then Chris pulls the cord to the bucket of pigs blood.  Everything goes silent.  All we hear is the metal bucket bouncing and ricocheting. Then the laughter begins. Carrie hears her mother in her head “They are all going to laugh at you!”. Carrie snaps, and they die.

Footloose (1984)

This is another movie where the prom is the center of the story.  Ren (Kevin Bacon) finds out that in the small town they moved to, music and dancing are banned. Ren finds a loophole in their ridiculous ban and holds a prom for the seniors. And everyone lives happily ever after.

Not really, but people learn a lesson that there are some things that are a right-of-passage and some things that every child needs to experience.  I’m not saying that everyone needs to go to prom, what I’m saying is that children need to experience life and make their own mistakes.

Back To The Future (1985)

The prom scene in this movie is a critical point in Marty’s (Michael J. Fox) life.  If Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover) don’t kiss at the prom, Marty and his life will never be.  But thanks to Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) and his crew, the band is one short.  Marty offers to help out, but he starts to fade, literally. But George finally grows a pair and kisses Lorraine.  Marty celebrates by playing “Johnny B. Goode” and introduces everyone to the wonderful (not) 80’s style of guitar shredding their children will learn to love.

American Pie (1999)

What is with people thinking prom night is the night to lose their virginity? Personally, at the end of my prom, I just wanted to go to bed, by myself and sleep.

Here is a movie about four friends who vow to loose their virginity by the end of prom.  Three succeed and one doesn’t. But they all learn something about themselves along the way.

Jim (Jason Biggs) is our main participant.  He almost has sex with Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), but he gets a bit too excited and cums early.  Word gets out what happens (thanks to everything being broadcasts live on webcam) so his chances of losing his virginity declines. Thankfully, Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) agrees to go to prom with Jim and when the big moment comes (pun intended) she tells him that he was a sure thing, that is why she agreed to attend prom with him.

Next is Chis aka Oz (Chris Klein) who begins dating a girl who is out of his league. She is smart, pretty, and a positive influence on Oz.  He realized that he is a complete ass and adjusts his attitude to one where everyone likes him better. He doesn’t end up losing his virginity, but he does find out what love is.

Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) has a long time girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid).  They promise each other that they will have sex when the time is “perfect”. Which they keep on saying over, and over, and over again.  The “perfect” moment is at Stifflers’ (Seann Willam Scott) after prom party.  They have sex, things get awkward, they beak up because they find out that they really aren’t that compatible.

Finally we have Paul aka Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas).  He is holding out for a seasoned lover.  Which turns out to be Stifflers’ mom. (Don’t worry, he’s 18)

Honorable Mention:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The episode where she gets the award for “Class Protector”.  I tear up every time.



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