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Prom Dates Review: An Amusing Blend of Raunchy Teen Clichés

Prom Dates Review

Prom Dates directed by Kim O. Nguyen and starring Antonia Gentry and Julia Lester is now streaming on Hulu in the US and Disney+ globally. Frankly, the title of the movie attempts to cover the entire premise of this teen movie and succeeds to a large extent. Hulu’s latest teen comedy-drama is about two best friends who are preparing for the biggest night of their lives, aka prom night, however, things certainly aren’t going as planned.

If you’re looking for a raunchy teenage movie where those graduating drink too much, cheat on their partners, and discover their sexuality, then Prom Dates is the place to be. In this review, we will give you a deeper look into Prom Dates and what worked versus what didn’t work for this comedy-drama, because let’s face it, there’s plenty to unpack when it comes to Jess and Hannah’s life.

Antonia Gentry and Julia Lester Deliver Awkwardly Phenomenal Performances

The premise of Prom Dates is fairly simple on paper, but when you into the actual nitty-gritty of the plot, things begin to unfold at a speed that you may just need to put your best foot forward and try to keep up.

For starters, there’s plenty to love about Hannah and Jess’ friendship, which has been established from the very beginning of the movie, despite both of them being very different from each other in every way possible. Frankly, this sets Prom Dates apart from some of the more popular teenage dramas, but it is only a small fraction.

Antonia Gentry and Julia Lester Deliver Awkwardly Phenomenal Performances
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Jess has a popular boyfriend, and she is ready to be prom queen, meanwhile, Julia chokes on her chewing in front of her crush right before her boyfriend is about to deliver one of the biggest prom-posals in the history of prom-posals.

It’s chaotic, we know. Oh, did we also mention that Jess has previously slept with Hannah’s older brother, and Hannah doesn’t know? And although Jess is dating someone else, she still has feelings for her best friend’s brother. Oh, another little detail, Hannah is actually a lesbian.

If you have reached this far, the title of this review will make a lot more sense if you haven’t watched the movie, or decide not to invest your time into it. While Prom Dates won’t be the most critically acclaimed movie of the year, it’s still fun, and often funny.

Prom Dates Review
Credit: Disney+

It has far too many awkward moments that are beautifully executed by Antonia Gentry and Julia Lester for the entire runtime of the movie. You will go through some second-hand embarrassment while watching this movie too, that’s just how awkward things get, but somehow, that’s also the charm of the movie.

Had it not been for the awkward moments like Hannah’s bleeding nose or Jess assuming someone wanted to have sex with her while all he wanted was her help with an email, Prom Dates would have been a dull affair. At the end of the day, however, Prom Dates felt like an awkward and exciting mix of many teenage comedy dramas that have existed for decades now.

P.S. Jess and Hannah ultimately have a great prom night.

Prom Dates
Credit: Disney+

Conclusion

Prom Dates is a fun and breezy watch, and if you have spent your week looking at boring emails or are planning to watch some horror this weekend, Prom Dates would be the perfect treat. Do let us know in the comments what you think of Hulu’s latest teenage movie!