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Disney’s Prom Pact Breaks Stigmas & Offers 2 Versions

Prom Pact cast and filmmakers reveal how the Disney movie breaks friendship stigmas and that there are two different versions during this interview.

Prom Pact interview

PROM PACT – (Disney/Kailey Schwerman) MILO MANHEIM, PEYTON ELIZABETH LEE

Prom Pact Breaks Friendship Stigmas

Disney’s Prom Pact breaks the friendship stigma in that it features a platonic relationship between two members of the opposite sex. Director Anya Adams explains that is something she really loves about the movie. “I was really passionate about showing that to the world. That you can have a friend of the opposite sex and it’s platonic and it’s supportive and it’s loving. And you don’t have to have a relationship. I love that because I feel like we never see that. And it was a great thing to show off.”

Prom Pact interview

PROM PACT (Disney/Kailey Schwerman) MILO MANHEIM, PEYTON ELIZABETH LEE

Anya continues that in Prom Pact “we see in a very characterized view of driven teens and I think giving Mandy the drive to go to Harvard, but also the layering and the learning and the multiple colors within her character to blossom into something different at the end, was something that I really wanted to show. To break the stereotype that these people that are driven aren’t monolithic, they have other they have other feelings and thoughts and sometimes they just need to be triggered in different ways. But they’ll get there.”

Prom Pact interview

PROM PACT – (Disney/Kailey Schwerman) MARGARET CHO, PEYTON ELIZABETH LEE

There Are Two Versions Of Prom Pact

Probably the biggest surprise that we learned from the interviews for Prom Pact is that there are two different versions of the movie. The original, unedited, version of the movie was made for Disney+, where there is a little more leeway when pushing the boundaries. Executive Producer Julie Bowen explains that Disney loved the movie they shot so much, they wanted to put it on the Disney Channel as well. She says they had to think about the difference in audiences. For Disney+, older kids are watching, and likely with their parents.

“With a young child watching the Disney Channel after school hanging out, you don’t want them to have too many inappropriate questions.” she says. So the version on Disney+ opens the doors for conversations for parents to have with their kids, while the Disney Channel version is safer for a younger audience.

Julie loves that with Prom Pact, Disney has opted to grow with their audience. “Our Disney Plus version, our original version, is definitely addressing some topics like sex or parties or things like that. We don’t hit it like a hammer, but it’s in there. Because we think that these are issues that kids are addressing and seeing all around them these days. And Disney+ wanted to do something that was a little bit more elevated for a teenage audience.”

Director Anya Adams adds “One of the things we were really excited about was that we feathered all this stuff in and people can enjoy this and have a good time. And if you want to have a conversation about what it’s like to be driven and want to go to Harvard, and how that impacts you, you can do that. If you want to have a conversation about different ways to talk about sex, you can do that or not.”

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Prom Pact movie poster

About Prom Pact

It’s the height of prom season, and high school senior Mandy Yang and her best friend and fellow outsider Ben are surrounded by over-the-top ’80s-themed Promposals. However, Mandy keeps her eyes focused on a different goal: her lifelong dream of attending Harvard.

When she finds out that she has been put on the waitlist, she is determined to do whatever she can do to get herself accepted, even if that means asking for help from the one person she abhors – popular all-star jock Graham Lansing, whose father is a powerful senator and Harvard alum.

Once Mandy becomes Graham’s tutor, she begins to realize there’s more to him than she thought and perhaps something more to life than Harvard.

“Prom Pact” premieres Thursday, March 30 on Disney Channel and next day on Disney+.