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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Strick, who was born in Pennsylvania, died on 1 June (10) in Paris, France, where he had lived for several years.
He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1970 for Interviews With My Lai Veterans, which he wrote, produced and directed.
He also won the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) Flaherty Documentary Award for his 1959 film, The Savage Eye.
But Strick was perhaps best known for his screen adaptations of risque literary works including The Balcony, Ulysses and Tropic of Cancer, starring Rip Torn.
He hit headlines in 1970 after losing a court battle to overturn the X rating awarded to Tropic by the Motion Picture Association of America. The movie retained its adult rating until the early 1990s, when it was lowered to allow anyone 17 and over to view the film.
Other notable movie credits include Never Cry Wolf, Ring of Bright Water and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Strick is survived by his second wife, Martine Rossignol Strick, and their two children, as well as his three kids from his first marriage.
The Whole Ten Yards picks up about two years after the events that changed the lives of Oz (Matthew Perry) Jimmy "The Tulip" (Bruce Willis) Jill (Amanda Peet) and Cynthia (Natasha Henstridge)--and made them a whole lot richer. Nice-guy dentist Oz is now married to Jimmy's ex-wife Cynthia and living in Brentwood Calif. where he still practices dentistry. They seem happy but Oz is so paranoid someone will come after him that he keeps an arsenal of weapons in his home which is teeming with high-tech surveillance equipment. His suspicions however are not so farfetched: Turns out Cynthia is in cahoots with Jimmy who is now married to Jill and living in Mexico and they're planning to rob Hungarian mobster Lazlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak) who's just been released from prison. But Lazlo has an agenda of his own. He wants to kill Jimmy for the murder of his son rival hitman Yanni Gogolak a couple of years ago. When Lazlo kidnaps Cynthia to get to Jimmy (he figures Oz will spill the beans on his whereabouts) poor Oz runs off to Mexico and pleads for Jimmy's help. What Oz and Jill don't realize however is that they are part of a much bigger revenge plot against Lazlo perpetrated by their own spouses Jimmy and Cynthia.
The only thing that makes The Whole Ten Yards engaging is the returning cast who have a playful and endearing on-screen chemistry. Willis and Perry are at the forefront reprising their roles as Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudesky and Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky respectively. The actors craft their characters well and uniquely and the conflicting personalities they create--Willis' cool and collected Jimmy and Perry's nervous and scatterbrained Oz--make watching their interactions entertaining. When the two discover that the hostage in the trunk of their car has died for example Willis stands there unflinchingly while Perry yelps "It looks like he got shot in the foot! Who dies from being shot in the foot?" Peet blends in with her own brand of humor; her klutzy character Jill is hilarious without trying to be which is the key to her performance. Jill's hung up on the fact that although she's a professional marksman she's never had a real kill--she's so accident-prone that her targets always die by default. Also returning for the sequel is Pollak who played Yanni in the first film. Here he returns as Yanni's father Lazlo aged with the help of prosthetics and makeup. It's a great idea and the result is pretty funny although the character is cartoonish.
Director Howard Deutch makes a valiant effort with this sequel to the 2000 hit; there's continuity in the characters although their lives have progressed since the events of the last film. The problem with The Whole Ten Yards is its story penned by Mitchell Kapner and George Gallo. While The Whole Nine Yards had an elaborate storyline it was easy enough to follow--everyone was basically trying to kill one another. Here the plot's equally convoluted but rather than interesting twists and turns we get inconsistencies and dead ends. Take Jimmy's new Suzy Homemaker role for instance. As the film opens Willis is traipsing around his Mexican villa in bunny slippers wearing a 'do-rag on his head fussing over dinner and the fact that the potatoes are supposed to be "floating around the lobster not just stuck there." We find out it's all an act but the reasons are never disclosed. By the time the film ends audiences will be asking themselves what it was all for. Perhaps the filmmakers thought the sight of Willis as a dowdy housewife would make moviegoers laugh so hard they'd forget to ask why.
Slackers stars Devon Sawa as Dave a lazy college bum who along with his two cronies Sam (Jason Segel) and Jeff (Michael Maronna) cheats his way through school in a variety of schemes that involve elaborate ways of getting advance peeks at test questions and then paying the smart nerdy kids to provide the correct answers. (Methinks it would be far easier for them to just do the work themselves.) While stealing the midterm test from a physics class Dave meets a pretty girl Angela (James King) and asks her out. It turns out to be a big mistake because Angela has previously attracted the attentions of Cool Ethan (Jason Schwartzman) a psychotic geek who is stalking poor Angela without her knowledge. Happening upon a document that will expose Dave's misdeeds Ethan blackmails Dave and his gang--in return for not incriminating them they must work their magic and get Ethan the necessary information to win the heart of unsuspecting Angela.
Ethan is clearly the film's antagonist and Schwartzman's (who was brilliant in Rushmore) fearlessly repellent performance is as insanely funny as it is completely disturbing. (It's also the one true thing that sets Slackers apart from complete anonymity.) There's no sweet side to this guy that Angela might fall for if she only got to know him. Schwartzman's Ethan is abrasive aggressive unrelenting hyperactive socially inept and full of ill-advised impulses he never filters. Meanwhile Sawa and King come off as a bland cut-and-paste Ken and Barbie who never set the screen on fire. Aside from the sock puppet gag bit Maronna and Segel are wasted as Sawa's slavishly devoted friends. Laura Prepon (TV's That '70s Show) tantalizes us as King's lascivious roommate but we just don't get to see enough of her fine performance.
There's little wittiness found in Dewey Nicks' direction or in the writing though there are a handful of moments that rise above the film's generally uninspired technique. Nicks effectively rips off Spike Lee's floating camera movement in a scene where Dave walks through an operatic graduation celebration and the alternate reality sequences (Cool Ethan's kissing threesome; Jeff's sock puppet; the cheaters imagining themselves as superheroes rap stars and Peter Pan) are genuinely funny and almost innovative. Nicks almost inserts enough of this to make Slackers more than just your routine gross-out romp rife with weird sex masturbation and toilet humor--but just almost. Ultimately in Nicks' hands the movie never rises above its pedestrian plot and dialogue.