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Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story

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.

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With: Aaron Ashmore, Scott Thompson, Marie Tifo, Fiona Reid, David Foley, Paul Zabriskie, Mac Fyfe, Tamara Hope.

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.

Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story

Canada

Production: A Tapestry Pictures production. (International sales: Seville Pictures, Montreal.) Produced by Heather Haldane, Mary Young Leckie. Directed by John L'Ecuyer. Screenplay, Kent Staines; story, Michael MacLennan, Staines.

Crew: Camera (Alpha Cine color), Glenn Warner; editor, Mike Lee; music, Gary Koftinoff; songs, Melanie Doane, Botanic, the New Pornographers; music supervisor, Ron Proulx; production designer, Tim Bider. Reviewed at Palm Springs Film Festival, Jan. 13, 2005. English, French dialogue. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Aaron Ashmore, Scott Thompson, Marie Tifo, Fiona Reid, David Foley, Paul Zabriskie, Mac Fyfe, Tamara Hope.

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