"The Prom" Attacked Small Town Hicks For Most Of It's Two Hour Running Length Then Tried To Shift Course In The Closing Minutes
Category: EntertainmentBy: john-russell • 4 weeks ago • 9 comments
These comments might surprise a few people, but so be it.
I was reading an article about the Academy Awards the other day and a new movie called "The Prom" was given a passing mention. I saw it was Meryl Streep, my favorite actress, and Nicole Kidman in a movie about a few washed up Broadway stars who hear about a high school lesbian in a small town in Indiana who is being prevented, by the local PTA, from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, and so the New York elitists decide to go to Indiana and help the girl live her prom dream and change the PTA's mind.
That's the plot, the movie also contains endless singing and dancing, and we are talking virtual wall to wall here. It was fun to watch Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman singing and dancing for the first hour or so , then it started to feel like a little overkill.
Thats not the problem with this movie though, which is a film adaption of a Broadway play, I guess. The problem is the movie is filled with numerous digs at small town people, ranging from the obvious one about their non acceptance of lesbians in their midst, but also wisecracks about their clothes, the cars they drive, the entertainment forms they patronize, the restaurants they go to, their furniture, etc. etc. The dismissal of the "flyover country" lifestyle is also suppose to contain a self satire of the entitled east coasters personal shortcomings, but I didn't think it quite came off that way in the film. While I was watching it I was thinking, this is why Trump supporters hate NY liberals.
And the movie relentlessly lets us know how ok it is to be gay. And when I say relentless I mean relentless. And of course it is ok to be gay, and small town people who think otherwise have to change. The "hicks" in the movie do change, but not until the last few minutes of the film, after they have fought against accepting the teenage lesbians for almost all of the 2 hour and 15 minute running time.
What kind of irks me is that I have the feeling that Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and the creator of this film, Ryan Murphy of "GLEE" fame, who is gay himself, think all this was perfect.