- Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Cameron Monaghan, Danielle Campbell, Nicholas Braun, Thomas McDonell, Dean NorrisChristine Elise, Faith Ford, Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, Raini Rodriguez, Jonathan Keltz, Jared Kusnitz, Yin Chang, DeVaughn Nixon, Riley Voelkel, Nolan Sotillo, Trevor Peterson, Robbie Tucker, Carlease Burke, Amanda Petersen, Janelle Ortiz, Kylie Bunbury, Kristopher Higgins, Allie Trimm, Joe Adler, Kofi Siriboe, Ivy Malone
- Director: Joe Nussbaum
- Writer: Katie Wech
- Producers: Ted Griffin, Justin Springer
- Executive Producer: Samson Mucke
- Art Direction: Nick Ralbovsky
- Castings: Gail Goldberg, Marcia Ross
- Costume Design: Shoshana Rubin
- D.O.P.: Byron Shah
- Editor: Jeffrey M. Werner
- Makeup: Jeff Lewis
- Music: Deborah Lurie
- Production Design: Mark White
- Set Decoration: Jennifer Lukehart
Portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott, it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: California, USA
- MPAA Warning: Mild language and a brief fight
- Production Budget: $8 million
- Production Companies: Rickshaw Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
- Production Schedule: 26 July 2010 - 3 September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Disney's attempt at creating the next "High School Musical" franchise for itself, this teen romantic comedy is a batch of clique cliches - the beauty queen, the rebel with better hair than anyone else in the film, the handsome yet dumb foreign exchange student, the 'so above it' geek who really wants to belong, and at least one or two 'fugly' girls.
It's all very "The Breakfast Club" meets "10 Things I Hate About You", and sanitised for the tweens and their moms (no gay kids, tame bullying, no sex talk etc.) who're still reeling from the more accurate depiction of teens these days in "Skins" and the like.
Director Joe Nussbaum ("Sleepover," "Sydney White") is certainly knowledgable enough to tackle this genre, however these kinds of films are hard to take seriously considering how often they've been spoofed before such as Chris Lilley's sublime Summer Heights High skit about how proms "remove the apartheid of the playground".
Disney is a master of marketing to their target demographic of young girls and with its late April launch this will be one of the big event films on their calendar. It's a limited appeal movie though, the equivalent 'proms' outside the U.S. are nowhere near as big an event in the school calendar so this won't play internationally the way HSM did."