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Netflix THE PROM Parents Guide – Movie Review

Netflix The Prom movie a glitzy, fun musical with a lot of big names and even bigger stereotypes. Is it appropriate for all ages? Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.

THE PROM Parents Guide

This year has been hard on many of us and the arts have taken the brunt of the beating. With movie theaters shut down and Broadway shows cancelled, we have been getting our fill with streaming tv series and movies. Thank goodness for Netflix bringing us our entertainment fix and now we have a Broadway show type musical, The Prom, to enjoy right from our couches! Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.

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Netflix The Prom Parents Guide

The Prom begins with Barry Glickman (James Corden) and Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) out of a job when their show ‘Eleanor!’ was cancelled after bad reviews. The duo teams up with Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells) to find a celebrity cause which will in turn bring them back into the limelight.

In a small town in Indiana, Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman) has come out as a lesbian and wants to attend her class prom with a girl. This has the PTA parents up in arms and instead of allowing Emma to bring a girl to the prom, they cancel it instead. This act leads to national attention and also the attention of Dee Dee, Barry, Angie and Trent; they fhave ound their cause and head to Indiana!

THE PROM Parents Guide

Netflix The Prom Age Appropriate

Let’s break down all of Netflix The Prom details that parents need to know.

Language: There is some strong language in this movie which parents many be concerned about when allowing their kids to watch The Prom. Lookout language includes the S-word, damn, hell, MILF, a** and crap.

Adult Content: The film is about Emma coming out as a lesbian and in some of the musical numbers, things like masturbation and virginity are brought up. There is also a drinking scene at the very beginning, where the characters are drowning their sorrows and participate in what they call “day drinking.”

Overall Thoughts

The Prom is a glitzy musical extravaganza with perfectly staged musical numbers, you will feel like you are attending a Broadway show right from your living room. It is long, running a little over 2 hours, which just adds to the Broadway experience but can easily lose some viewers with a limited attention span.  This is especially true for younger viewers, although the many musical numbers and flashy costumes may aid in keeping their attention.

The movie is based on the play of the same name, and that play is based on real life events from 2010. This helps put the story and message into perspective, since before I had that information, it felt as though it would better be served if this came out 20 years ago. I was thinking that the fact that it’s almost 2021 and we still have to deal with gay people not being allowed to proms in America is ridiculous. Once I knew it basically happened in 2010…still ridiculous. But I suppose every generation needs their version of this story, and so it will go into the future much the same, sadly.

However where the movie may stumble is the message of acceptance along side the gay stereotypes being thrown in viewers faces. James Corden in particular is receiving much flack for his over-the-top flamboyant portrayal of a gay man. And while it can be understandably upsetting for some, one would hope this does not cloud the very necessary story and message of acceptance.

THE PROM Parents Guide