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The World's Best Prom (2006)

Video  -  Documentary | Romance  -  4 April 2006 (USA)
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Once a year for the past 50 years, prom mania grips the entire population of Racine, Wisconsin. If the Academy Awards were moved to the heartland, this is what it would resemble.

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For over 50 years in Racine, Wisconsin, prom mania grips the entire town of 80,000 residents. Racine's extravagance begins with a parade of limos, fire engines, trucks, boats, and even elephants, carrying students through the streets to the red carpet waiting at the citywide prom as residents keep their eyes glued to the live television coverage of the spectacular event. The film focuses on two very different girls and one boy who provide an all-access pass to the days and nights leading up to their unbelievable prom night. A revealing epilogue catches up with Tonya, Dori, Ben and six more of the film's teenage subjects four years later, allowing us to see whose hopes and dreams are coming true, and whether prom is still the greatest night of their lives. Written by JL

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An American Rite of Passage Taken to the Extreme


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14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reminiscent of 2002 Spellbound, "The Worlds Best Prom" is a fun and fascinating look at Midwest Prom culture. While Spellbound did an incredible job of showing us various kids from different cultures and backgrounds (from poor immigrants to rich kids with tutors), "The Worlds Best Prom" does one thing Spellbound never can: It makes me think about my own experience. While I never entered a spelling bee, I certainly do have memories of my own prom, sad and embarrassing as they may be. The documentary films students in Racine, Wisconsin, a working class town akin to Detroit or Houston: rich kids and ghetto kids all mixed in the same schools. The film focuses on three students in particular. Tonya is the shy, black girl from the ghetto neighborhood who wants to leave Racine and start a new life. Dory is the example of the white, rebellious Catholic school girl who rebels against her parents through drinking, sex, and drugs, and is simply the "popular" one. Ben is the unassuming high school quarterback who has a tough home life but still respects his mother and brother. The film does a solid job of giving us a history of the town and prom, which was started 50 years ago by the local Rotary club after some students died in a drunk driving accident.

The Racine prom is outrageous, insane, and still, at its core, a view into what can only be described as Midwest: all heart, a bit of style, and certainly a lot of fun.


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