Tommy Ross and the Prom Date February 27, 2007Posted by kelly in Carrie, teen films.
This is just a quick post to comment on the common theme of the hot, popular guy asking the shy, awkward girl to prom. It’s interesting because I expected Carrie to immediately fall for Tommy Ross’ advances. Instead, she immediately suspects trickery and even after the gym teacher tells Carrie that perhaps Tommy actually likes her, Carrie still refuses to be his prom date until she has to agree to get him to leave. My expectations arise from the scenario that is common in many contemporary teenage films such as “She’s All That,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and “Never Been Kissed.” In all of these films a boy asks a supposedly pathetic and ostracized girl to the prom either to win a bet, earn money, or to trick her for their own (and their pretty, popular girlfriend’s) amusement. In the former two, as well as in “Carrie,” the advances of the popular boy lead to tremendous evolutions in the female character – she undergoes a huge makeover and her classmates begin to see her in a new light. Of course it is a male that aids in her femininization. It is interesting though, that only in these more modern versions of this motif does the girl actually fall for it. Although in “Carrie,” the protagonist does eventually fall prey to the cruelty of the popular girls, at least she is not originally gullible and ignorant. I’m just wondering why the more contemporary films, the ones we would expect to be more progressive, are the ones that present the women as easily fooled and victimized.
I’m sure this is an oversimplification, I just had it in my head and thought I’d share it!