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THE PROM

Produced by Kim Todd; directed by Brad Turner
Atlantis Films in association with the CBC, 1990. VHS cassette, 46:00 min., $129.00. Distributed by Magic Lantern Communications, Unit #38, 775 Pacific Rd., Oakville, Ont. L6L 6M4.


Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by Christine Jacobs

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September


This short drama stars Stacie Mistysyn and Sean Roberge. Sixteen-year-old Rebecca goes to a private girls' school, has just won the lead in the school play, and doesn't have a date for the school prom. Ralph works for his small-town school newspaper and devotes all his spare time to photography. He is obviously considered a non-starter in the dating game. However, when Rebecca's cousin must find a last minute replacement for the blind date he has arranged for her, Ralph volunteers, smitten by her picture.

The two boys set off for the city, and a comedy of errors ensues. Everything that can go wrong does. Rebecca is disappointed that her date is not the heartthrob she had expected; the car breaks down and thieves keep trying to steal the borrowed Saab; and finally Rebecca's dress is ruined. But in the end Ralph's optimism and determination win out. Although not exactly the perfect date, the prom does become a night to remember.

This is a competently acted, if slightly predictable, story that deals with issues that plague adolescents peer acceptance, feeling silly, self-confidence, dating, fantasy expectations and personal relationships.

Recommended as an optional purchase for junior high collections.


Christine Jacobs is a freelance indexer in Montreal, Quebec, who for the past five years has indexed films and videos for Film/Video Canadiana.

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