Ah, prom night. I remember it fondly: awkward hand holding, barely making eye contact, a freezing cold midnight boat ride on the lake, getting in around 4 Am and then going straight to bed. Good times. Wait, is that not how prom nights go for most teens? Typical movie proms are far more magical than what I assume is the average prom experience. We did not have Usher as a DJ at our party, nor did we have a ripping, literally ahead of-its-time guitar solo as our evening entertainment. I guess I should be thankful that my prom didn’t end with getting a bucket of pig’s blood poured over my head. This week “Blockers” imagines how three teenage girls form a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. I’m guessing their prom ends up going better than mine did. These are the best movie prom scenes:
The prom scene in “Carrie
” is a masterclass in demonic paranoia. Brian De Palma
’s kaleidoscopic nightmare, with teens cackling at Carrie in silent, slow motion and the action broken up in split screen chaos, looks like hell unleashed. De Palma could’ve set this bloody climax anywhere, but to put it on prom night, such a pivotal moment in the transition to adulthood for so many teens, makes its emotional terror all the greater.
“Back to the Future
What happens on prom night may feel like a matter of life and death for most teens, but it was literally true for Marty McFly, where if things didn’t go right during the “Enchantment Under the Sea” if we’re being exact, he would never be born. The Johnny B. Goode scene is a classic, a nostalgic throwback that shows Marty actually isn’t just a screw-up, one that provides an inspired nod to music history and ends on a great gag that still says a lot about Marty’s character.
“Pretty in Pink
When in doubt, look to John Hughes. Just the sight of Molly Ringwald
entering the room sends hearts racing in this scene. Instead of a showy dance number, Hughes found a tenderly emotional way to bring the kids back together, rub it in James Spader
’s face, and even send Jon Cryer
’s Duckie off on a good note. Cryer’s quick, knowing glance to the camera is hysterical.
“I like your sleeves. They’re real big.” After about an hour of deadpan awkwardness, “Napoleon Dynamite” proved it had a heart too once it went to prom and Pedro loaned out Deb to Napoleon for a dance.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
There’s no calling “It’s a Wonderful Life” a teen movie, but it does have a charming prom scene, where the gag isn’t that James Stewart
and Donna Reed
fall into a pool beneath the gymnasium floor, but that Stewart’s George Bailey
has the charm and tenacity to keep splashing his arms around dancing long after they’ve been water logged.
There aren’t many teen films where the prom isn’t the emotional high point or biggest set piece in your movie, but the hand-jive is always going to be less interesting than “Summer Nights” or “Greased Lightnin.'”
“Let’S Dance!” This glittery prom scene has become so iconic, now Kevin Bacon
has to slip the DJ a $20 every time he goes to a wedding.
Technically it’s the “Spring Fling” and not the prom, but Cady’s totally unnecessary speech is very sweet, and you gotta love those matching purple suits rocked by Janice and Damian.
“10 Things I Hate About You”
Bonus: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
I know, this is a scene from Homecoming. These are Totally different events in a high schooler’s life. But this scene from Stephen Chbosky
’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower
” is beautiful. I can relate to that invigorating sensation when the DJ amazingly plays some actual good music. Logan Lerman
working his body into a rhythm in the hopes that Dexys Midnight Runners can provide some courage is a stirring image, and it’s even more touching when Emma Watson
and Ezra Miller
welcome him with open arms.
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