F the Prom
F the Prom, also known as F*&% the Prom, is a 2017 American teen comedy film directed and produced by Benny Fine and written by him, Rafi Fine, and Molly Prather. The film stars Danielle Campbell, Joel Courtney, Madelaine Petsch, and Cameron Palatas, with Meg DeLacy, Nicholle Tom, Richard Karn, Jill Cimorelli, Luke Bilyk, Brendan Calton, Michael Chey, Adan Allende, Diamond White, Cheri Oteri and Ian Ziering in supporting roles. It was released online and on-demand on December 5, 2017.
Maddy and Cole were inseparable friends until high school started and Maddy became the most popular girl on campus. When Maddy finds herself suddenly single and heartbroken, she reconnects with Cole and the duo conspire to destroy the prom.
Why It Sucks
- The themes of the movie are very unoriginal, a group of unpopular teenagers planning to get back at popular kids for being bullied by them. Not helping that it is unrealistic, too, as the Fine brothers, the writers of the film, were homeschooled during childhood.
- Even the premise is also very bland, as it is another one of those movies with the high school prom being the main focus.
- The film is very out of touch, with the opening credits being just text effects with Emojis at the end.
- Atrocious acting, with none of the cast feeling like a real person.
- None of the characters are even close to being likable, as none of them are aware that their actions have consequences. One notable offender is Cole's father, who is nothing but an abusive, entitled pervert who is mostly aware and proud of what he is doing.
- Showing and telling: the movie keeps having characters explaining about the their own flaws and not having them do the stuff they have done in that respective flaw, which is also another way of releasing exposition.
- The editing feels amateur and lazy. The flashbacks are just recycled clips from the beginning of the film, but with an orange hue.
- Several pointless scenes that serve nothing other than to pad out the runtime.
- Pointless references to BTSW and GMW.
- Laughable dialogue, including:
- "You're a selfie virgin? A sergin?"
- "We didn't shoot up the school, none of us committed suicide. And here we are with these newfound of communication, not to bring us together, but to rip each other apart! What is up with that?"
- Cruel and disturbing jokes, with Cole's father infamously ordering his own son to stop trying to peek at Maddy's nipples, when she is supposed to be around fourteen or fifteen years old; thus, the joke is considered pedophilia. In another scene, the principal is okay with students raping each other.
- One homophobic joke is where the basketball team, including the teacher, are backing away from the gay kid.
- Director Benny Fine wanted to add drama to the film he claimed that "no comedy has done before", but instead tries too hard to be emotional, with Maddy and Cole having a fight about her problems during her years of high school, when it is just about Maddy betraying Cole and his friends, and going back to her ex-boyfriend, who is nothing but a bully and an asshole. How do we even feel sympathy for Maddy? And why would she go back to the man who cheated on her and made her life miserable?
- Plenty of missed opportunities:
- Rather than just calling his dad for being "weird" and staying quiet while his dad was explaining what would have happened if he were to become prom king, Cole should've called out to his own dad for being a disgusting pervert, then explains as to why Cole himself hated his own dad, and lastly, tells him: "Maybe if you weren't such a selfish asshole who is stuck in the past, then you wouldn't be such a loser, and mom would never have left you.".
- The unpopular kids' plan to ruin prom night is very illogical and pure nonsense. Their plan is to rig the votes, drug one of the popular kids, send pictures of gay students to the jocks, send pictures of Donald Trump to the gay kids to make them hate each other, then tar and feather Maddy to humiliate her on stage.
- This scene alone is a lot harder to root for the good guys, since they came up with a revenge plan by tormenting the bullies and ruining their prom night, making them no better.
- The ending is terrible, both Cole and Maddy got back together and made up for their love of each other, even after the things Maddy had done.
- The soundtrack is just stock music from YouTube.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Cole calling out Maddy for being a bad person, and never doing anything to stop the popular kids from bullying them is really justified and satisfying.