Facing off with Catholic authorities in a quintessentially teenage desire to go to his high school prom, a gay student’s struggle is the iPod generation’s version of a revolution in “Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story.” Based on an actual cause celebre in Ontario in 2002, pic is a flatter-than-flat made-for-tube throwback to the afterschool special tradition, with its teenybopper comedy nods and socially progressive messages. Pic aired on Canuck TV last June; its friendliest theatrical dates will be at gay fests.
Affable, blue-haired Marc (Aaron Ashmore) tells b.f. Jason (Mac Fyfe) he wants to take him to the prom, but his Catholic school — partly repped by “Kids in the Hall” vet David Foley as an unconvincingly stern principal — puts up a fight. His parents, realized intelligently by Marie Tifo and Paul Zabriskie, are phenomenally supportive of their son, who clashes as much with do-gooders and school pals as the hidebound conservatives. Messages and staging couldn’t be more elementary, as if teens couldn’t grasp a more nuanced approach.