Netflix review “The Prom”: James Corden’s performance as a gay character


As for Netflix’s star production of Prom, one thing is universal: this movie is a lot of fun. And especially for the right reasons!

Based on the short-lived Broadway musical, Prom tells the story of Emma (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman), a high school student from Indiana who is not allowed to attend prom with her girlfriend Alyssa (HamiltonAriana DeBose). Well, that’s at least part of the story. The film is primarily about a quartet of stranded actors – Dee Dee (Meryl Streep), Barry (James Corden), Trent (Andrew Rannells) and Angie (Nicole Kidman) – who decide to stand up for Emma in a final attempt. to relevance.

What ensues is a musical clash of ideologies, with school principal Tom (Keegan-Michael Key) joining the celebrities in their fight against the sinister PTA president Ms. Greene (Kerry Washington), who also happens to be Alyssa’s mother. The plot is thick!

Two hours and 17 minutes later, everything’s going well – it’s a musical, after all – but that doesn’t mean we’re not left out with a few questions. To that end, here are 10 additional thoughts we have on Prom:

1. First of all: why Corden? The biggest complaint from critics across the board is Corden’s “offensive” performance as a gay man. Frankly, we’re surprised that Murphy – who recently brought us a Broadway production and movie The boys of the group featuring an all-gay cast – would put a straight man in the role of Barry, considering the extra weight a gay actor might have brought to the performance. (Bonus question: which gay actor you enjoyed seeing Barry?)

2. Did anyone else feel like they were watching a very long episode of Joy? We swear we’re not asking for this just because it was directed by Ryan Murphy. The vibrant colors, the podunk city that clearly gets the money somewhere, The whole backstory of Trent… everything was extremely Joy-ful. And not bad.

3. Where did Washington hide this voice ?! If you had caught the old one Scandal “Joy to the World” star’s performance during ABC Disney Holiday Singalong, then Washington’s impressive blowjobs probably didn’t take you by surprise. So this one is for everyone: “What what?!“Seriously, they should have written a new song just for her, runtime be damned. (Honorable mention to Key, whose last name matches his beautiful singing voice perfectly.)

4. How long did it take you to realize that the first ball was a fake? Seriously, what gave it to you? Was that when they started real dancing and it looked nothing like a high school gymnasium? Or was it when Emma’s truck was clearly the only vehicle in the parking lot? Either way, it took far too long for these characters to put the pieces together. How any of them even manage to get up in the morning without hurting themselves is beyond us.

5. Have we had enough of Emma? We’re just going to say it – the story focuses too much on the Broadway actors and not enough on Emma and Alyssa’s relationship. Even after multiple views, it feels like they’re being given the same screen time as their bullies. Actually, let’s talk about these jerks for a second …

6. What do we think of all these homophobic teenagers? We understand they change their ways in the end, but we’ve been subjected to so many musical acts involving Emma’s cheerful bullies – from promposals to the dance itself, and beyond – that I have to ask: we supposed to do it? care about them? And on a related note …

7. For a city full of rampant homophobes, weren’t there a surprising amount of well-choreographed musical numbers? Just say.

8. How did anyone even know that Emma wanted to take a girl to the ball? Maybe things have changed since we went to high school [mumble] years ago, but we weren’t asked who we were dating when we bought our prom tickets. What if they asked Emma, ​​what did she say? His secret girlfriend?

9. Does the PTA really have that much power? Or all power, really? Parents, correct me if I’m wrong, but does the head of the PTA usually walk around like he is the mayor of the city? In its defense, Washington technically owns any room it stands in, but I’m talking about real life. For once.

10. Most importantly: did this actually happen ?! Prom is loosely based on the story of Constance McMillen, a Mississippi college student who fought to go to prom with her girlfriend in 2010. In response to her courage, several celebrities – including Lance Bass and Green Day – rallied to organize an inclusive prom for everyone. Isn’t it crazy (and heartbreaking) to think that was just 10 years ago?

OK, it’s up to you: what did you think about Prom? And what burning questions (rhetorical or otherwise) would you add to our list? Rate the movie, then drop a comment below.


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