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(2011), PG [PG*] (1hr 40.6min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [PG*] ... "You'll thank me when you're older" rationale.

Production (US): Disney
Distribution (US): Buena Vista
Director(s): Joe Nussbaum
Producer(s): Sam Mucke, Justin Springer, Ted Grifffin
Written by: Katie Wech
Cinematography/Camera: Byron Shah
Film Editing: Jeffrey M. Werner
Casting: Marcia Ross, Gail Goldberg, Brittainy Roberts
Production Design: Mark White
Art Direction: Nick Rablovski
Viewed on Buena Vista Home Entertainment DVD

Prom appears mostly to be geared for preteens and early teens to take them into a journey of "older", whatever "older" is. Sort of the "You'll thank me when you're older" rationale used by some older teens as they introduce younger teens to "adult" matters.

There are several subplots combined into one and each is about teen romance of some degree or another. It is not difficult to capture the theme when a background song speaks of "naked" and "making love."

The central plot is of senior class president Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) trying hard to ready everything for the senior prom. She also expects to go to the prom with Brandon (Jonathan Roberts) but Brandon will have to attend a college interview on the same day of the prom.

Enters bad boy Jesse (Thomas McDonell) who ends up being forced to help Nova prepare for the prom after a fire destroys all she and the prom committee had done. Jesse is the bad boy type but is also the handyman type who can make prom props work that Nova is unable to make work. So, a romantic "symbiosis" is afoot smothered in self-protective "tough guy" bravado.

Another subplot is of geeky Lucas (Nolan Sotillo) trying to work up the courage to ask lovely Simone (Danielle Campbell) to the prom. While she initially seems to warm up to Lucas, her old flame shows up and steals her back ... for a while.

All the other subplots are built in the same formula fashion and I won't spoil any of them in case, after discovering the truth about the content, you decide this teen flick is fit for your preteens and teens.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
The only matters of violence/crime in this film are a breaking and entering by Jesse and Nova, running to avoid police action [Prov. 14:16, Prov. 10:23] and a fistfight.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 57 out of 100
One use of profanity is uttered by and adult. One of the characters has a facial piercing though her lower lip. [Lev. 19:28] Teen arrogance toward and disrespect of fair authority typical of teen flicks are present. [1 Tim. 5:1] There are a number of other matters of impudence and/or hatred which are listed in the Findings section. Know that impudence (proud look, haughty eyes) is the first in the list of seven behaviors God hates. [Prov. 6:16 - 19, Isa. 13:11]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 7 out of 100
Here is where lies the concentration of assault on morality and decency and thus the greatest loss of the 100 points each investigation area starts with (the shortest "red" thermometer). This investigation area found numerous examples of girls wearing clothing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure during school hours and on school property: clothing that would get girls sent home to change from most schools. Further, there is a ton of "public display of affection" that would get the participants into detention or suspension in most schools. And one background song spoke about "naked" and "making love." [1 Thess. 4:7, Eph. 5:3 - 5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
The film is free of any noted form of possession or consumption of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and free of any abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 57 out of 100
God's name is abused seven times, once by an adult and six times by teens using what seems to be a teen favorite three syllable sentence with His name trailing it. [Deut. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides throughout the entire 100.6 minutes of this film.


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  • Prov. 14:16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. [By the way, one does not have to be afraid of the Lord to fear Him. See our Fear of God publication for more information.]
  • Prov. 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
  • Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. [A body piercing cannot be made unless there is cutting involved. And "dead" in "for the dead" is nephesh which includes "seat of the appetites" and "seat of emotions and passions" and "activity of the will."]
  • 1 Tim. 5:1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, ...
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • 1 Ths. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Eph. 5:3 - 5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness [aischrotes: obscenity], nor foolish talking, nor jesting [eutrapelia: scurrility, ribaldry], which are not convenient [aneko proper, fitting]: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger [pornos: s/he who indulges in (Biblically) unlawful intercourse], nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. ["Unclean" is not about being in need of bathing, it is akathartos which means impure in thought and life-immoral. Being sexually pure takes more than abstaining from physical sexual misdeeds. Being sexually pure includes not filling your mind with lustful and debaucherous images and talk which, it turn, cause unclean thoughts-and desires. And seeing how high one can push the hemline certainly makes one's honor of sexual purity questionable.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Prom (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
  • breaking and entering
  • flight to escape legal action
  • fight

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 57 out of 100
  • one use of profanity
  • facial piercing
  • disrespect to fair authority
  • high school students allowed to rummage through building fire remains
  • teen boy in girls restroom
  • skipping class for love
  • boosting son's ego at the expense of the absent father's image

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 7 out of 100
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure during school hours and on school property (short shorts, skirts, dresses), repeatedly
  • public display of affection on school property during school hours, repeatedly
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • teen pair making out on school property during school hours
  • background song about "naked" and "making love"
  • half-dressed teen girl peeking around dressing room curtain at teen boy
  • excessive cleavage

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 57 out of 100
  • seven abuses of God's name, six of them by teens

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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