The Prom

Director: Ryan Murphy
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.0

A group of theater people (Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells) become "activists" when they find out in Edgewater, Indiana the Parent-Teacher Association canceled prom when high school student Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman) decided she wanted to take her girlfriend Alyssa Greene (Ariana DeBose) with her, which supposedly violated their "puritanical" values.  I like how Murphy - with a script by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin (who wrote the original Broadway show) - mocks sanctimonious celebrity culture (who have strong political opinions despite having little to no education), but the movie itself is way too self-congratulatory and flamboyant, and I dare anyone to explain to me what Emma's appeal is supposed to be, as I found her to be smug and not even semi-likeable.  I'm also not sure how Kerry Washington's homophobic Mrs. Greene changes her mind in roughly fifteen minutes, but whatever makes it end faster is fine by me....