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An exploration of the consummate American coming-of-age ritual as it is observed in middle America. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Hali Lee 
Peter von Ziegesar 
Produced by
Hali Lee .... co-producer
Peter von Ziegesar .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stephen Thomas Cavit 
Cinematography by
Peter von Ziegesar 
Film Editing by
Sari Gilman 
Dina Guttmann 
Editorial Department
Judd Blaise .... assistant editor

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USA:54 min
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What high school is really like, 19 September 2003
Author: j1977 from Stony Brook, NY

The documentary "Prom Night in Kansas City" has by far, the most realistic depiction of what high school is really like. The angle this film uses is the Senior prom, and director Hali Lee does show us four very different proms (a white prom, a black prom, a religious school prom and a gay prom). But once Lee introduces us to the kids who populate these end of the year extravaganzas, the film turns into something more. It begins to show us what makes teenagers tick; why they spend so much of their own and their parent's money on clothes; why appearances are so important to them; their opinions about their peers; what it's like to not fit in the crowd; the pressures put upon students by themselves. And because it's a documentary, it captures the real personalities of the teenagers interviewed, flaws and all. "Prom Night in Kansas City" is filled with hilarious unexpected moments and lots of insight from Lee who remembers her own days as a high school prom girl. I'm curious to find out what happens to Smurf in 20 years, watch the film and see who I'm talking about. What a haracter! -- Reviewed by Scott Gingold -- 2003 -- Director of "Ostrich Egg"

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