Ah, prom. The single most important thing to an 18 year-old American with an active libido and a pop culture saturation. Prom is built up to be one of the best memories a high school student will make. Unfortunately, like most of the best things in life, prom is far from free (take that, Luther Vandross). Of course, when it comes to movies, prom always seems a bit more feasible financially... mostly because movies have the convenience of "skipping over" the whole financial aspect of a story, in favor of the more exciting romantic aspects. Check out the list below of some of cinema's greatest prom movies, complete with calculations about just how much these nights would cost in real life terms, and whether or not the characters could truly afford them.
10 Things I Hate About You
Character: Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger)
Expenses: Tuxedo + a guitar to make up for the whole “I’ve deceived you from the start” thing = $600
Funds: Dirty money courtesy of Joey Donner
Payoff: He tamed the shrew, and fell in love
Character: Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles)
Expenses: Dress + pearl necklace = $500
Funds: A father who, while dead-set against the idea of either of his daughters having fun, is secretly generous enough to buy her whatever she wants
Payoff: A brand new guitar... oh, also love, and a new lease on life
Character: Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Expenses: Tuxedo + an ice pack for his punched nose (also courtesy of Joey Donner) = $108
Funds: Never revealed
Payoff: A whelming end to all the burning, pining and perishing
Character: Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs)
Expenses: Tuxedo = $100
Funds: Never revealed, although he does have some generous parents
Payoff: He fulfilled his pact, met his future wife, and began the next step
Character: Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan)
Expenses: Dress + band camp (which proved to be necessary preparation) = $650
Funds: A band camp counselor's salary
Payoff: Met her future husband, which started her on a path to gradually losing that bizarre speech habit
Character: Carrie White (Sissy Spacek)
Expenses: Dress + and a whole lot of funeral arrangements = tens of thousands of dollars
Payoff: The ability to start a fire
Character: Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon)
Expenses: Tuxedo + professional dance lessons (don't be fooled into believing that people can just dance like that) = $200
Funds: Never revealed, but he might have won a few bucks betting on tractor chicken
Payoff: Bringing joy back to the American Midwest
The Girl Next Door
Character: Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch)
Expenses: Tuxedo + limo, camera crew, pornographic actresses, various other film production materials = Well over $1000
Funds: Retroactive profits from his highly successful line of sex education films
Payoff: He fell in love, got to go to Georgetown, and, most importantly, had something to write in the “I Will Always Remember” section of his yearbook
Character: Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan)
Expenses: None; she didn't even wear a dress — that tiara really jazzed up her math-lete jacket, though
Funds: Did that math competition victory come with any prize money?
Payoff: Instituting a new regime of kindness, acceptance and honesty throughout her high school
Never Been Kissed
Character: Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore)
Expenses: All the era-appropriate clothing and age-concealing makeup to make a twenty-something reporter look like a high school student = $300
Funds: A reporter's salary... so there's probably some debt
Payoff: Spoilers: she gets kissed
Pretty in Pink
Character: Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald)
Expenses: None — she made her dress herself
Funds: Just the loving support of her father to overcome feelings of social inferiority
Payoff: The kind of unmistakable ending the world just doesn't get any more
She's All That
Character: Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.)
Expenses: Tuxedo + a soccer ball = $125
Funds: Never revealed.
Payoff: Indecent exposure that probably landed him behind bars
Character: Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cooke)
Expenses: Dress = $250
Funds: Art is a frugal career, right?
Payoff: The love of a boy who, even at the end of the movie, was kind of a jerk
Character: Louise Miller (Robyn Lively)
Expenses: Dress + amulet polish = $275
Funds: When you have witchcraft, do you really need money?
Payoff: The valuable lesson that all the magic you need is in your heart
The above prices for tuxes and dresses were gathered from Men's Wearhouse, Prom Girl, and the Hollywood.com staff's rampant high school nostalgia.
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Superman Spends What? The Price of Being a Superhero
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February 18, 2003 10:38am EST
At the tender age of 12 Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) was splashed in the eyes with radioactive waste and lost his sight--but his other four senses developed with superhuman sharpness. He grew up to become a bleeding-heart lawyer running a law practice with his best friend Foggy Nelson (Jon Favreau) and chasing beautiful women including the bright and fearless Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner). By night he is the masked vigilante Daredevil using his incredible senses and abilities to defend the downtrodden in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil the movie stays true to all the elements that are pervasive in the Marvel Universe: drama love action violence revenge a spiteful police department and best of all the probing reporter on a quest for the truth. Here moviegoers will become familiar with events that become catalysts in Daredevil's crime-fighting career including the death of his father (David Keith) at the hands of the mob and the victimization of those close to him. The villainous underworld figure Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his hired hand the psychotic killer Bullseye (Colin Farrell) are also introduced as Daredevil's foes--and the battle between good and evil is born in this gritty urban borough.
Daredevil's appeal is that he does not possess any superpowers which made Affleck (Sum of All Fears) a good choice to portray this rather vulnerable crime fighter. While he beefed up for the role Affleck still retains that guy-next-door quality that makes both Murdock and Daredevil so relatable. His love interest in the film Elektra is played by Garner better known as Sydney Bristow on ABC's Alias. Elecktra is as brawny as she is brainy and Garner is the perfect fit for the character: she's gorgeous in a non-Hollywood kind of way and convincing as skilled fighter. Playing Murdock's lifelong friend and partner Foggy Favreau's (Made) role here is the most low-key of the bunch but he delivers some comic relief with some really funny lines. As far as villains go no one could be better suited for the role of Kingpin than the larger-than-life Duncan (The Scorpion King). This massively muscled character had to be played by someone with a powerful presence and sophisticated intellect making Duncan the ideal candidate. Rounding out the malefactors is Farrell (The Recruit) who churns out a powerful performance as the psychotic killer Bullseye complete with the nervous twitches and shifty eyes.
The decision to place Mark Steven Johnson at the helm of Daredevil was a little surprising. His 1998 directorial debut Simon Birch and his screenwriting credits Grumpy Old Men and the astoundingly bad Jack Frost hardly seemed on a par with an action adventure feature like this. The fact that Johnson hasn't worked extensively with digital effects becomes apparent in some of the film's action sequences that include a CGI Daredevil running upside walls and taking giant leaps from rooftop to rooftop. The completely animated version of Daredevil doesn't behave naturally and lacks details such as muscles texture highlights and shadows. But Daredevil didn't have a huge budget (compared to Spider-Man at least) and what it lacked in f/x it made up for with a gripping and gritty story line. Daredevil's mission is to rid Hell's Kitchen--not the universe--of as much crime as he can and his vendettas are personal--and grotesquely violent. More importantly Johnson's screenplay stays true to the comic book characters and their attributes. Fans of the comic book will appreciate his truthful touches such Bullseye's maniacal talents which include being able to turn a paperclip into a deadly weapon and Kingpin's ritualistic removal of his blazer before pounding the snot out of adversaries.