If you haven't heard of the High School Musical phenomenon…where have you been? This Disney success story has young girls everywhere gushing over lead actor Zac Efron. Parents are probably thrilled to see their kids watching something wholesome. Then there are the guys (who probably won't admit it although one young man did admit it to me) that they cannot help but get caught up with the lively song and dance numbers since their younger siblings watch the DVDs all the time. The third installment has been anxiously awaited by dedicated fans and it has finally hit the big screen.
It's senior year at East high school and the students are looking forward to prom and graduation but also have to figure out which college they will be attending in the fall. Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) is caught between pursuing basketball or theater and has to do some sould searching to figure out which way to go. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) also has a tough decision to make about school and her relationship with Troy. Fellow classmate Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) is up to no good and has a few tricks up her sleeve to have the spotlight shine on her during their last talent show performance before graduation.
Disney is on the right track with High School Musical. Not just because of it's tremendous commercial success but also because it is wholesome entertainment (which is what the public expects from Disney anyway). The point is that there are just so many films geared towards young people that are filled with violent and sexual images which can affect their self-esteem negatively and influence them to make poor choices in life. High School Musical is light, fun and filled with upbeat song and dance numbers. Another bonus is that you leave the theatre in good spirits.
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