Sure, teen movies like teenagers tend to be self-absorbed, consumed by the rituals of dating and being popular, and a little annoying to anyone over the age of, say, 20. But this romantic comedy, based on How I Created My Perfect Prom
, by popular young adult novelist Tod Strasser, is smarter and more engaging than it has to be. Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart, of TV's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
) is part of the in crowd, a bright, pretty, school spirit kind of girl who's desperate to go to the big dance with hunky
basketball player Brad (Gabriel Carpenter). But Brad asks some cheerleader instead, so Nicole turns to next-door neighbor Chase...