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Summary: As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
Possibly the most popular Disney series of all time, The High School Musical franchise continued to grab the attention of movie goers with its third installment. Simply, it is hard not to enjoy watching these films. The storyline flows nicely,the songs are catchy, and the characters are likable. The "tween" fans of the first and second will remain pleased with the third. My only concern about this movie is that it will not appeal to anyone over the age of about 16.
I don't recall high school being like this. Anyway, it's genuinely wholesome entertainment for kids and young teens and it's pretty inoffensive. The music's alright. I wasn't expecting anything amazing, but the plot could have been less transparent. But it's nice to see a movie that doesn't try to grab for the parents' attention with poorly placed pop culture references, so the HSM movies may just stand the test of time.
In the third installment of the HSM series, the Wildcats' senior year comes to an end as they are faced with the reality of graduating, going to college, and embarking on new lives. The movie takes you to East High's basketball championship, prom, spring musical, and graduation with a bittersweet good-bye; leaving many to wish they experienced the perfect senior year shown in the movie. HSM3 is enjoyable and full of clean, catchy, sweet show tunes that are guaranteed to stick in your head.
Mistakes - 1) The character Kelsi is seen to be in two different places at once. She is DJing in one shot, but is then seen on the dance floor in the next shot. 2) In one shot, Chad is seen to be looking over the cafeteria clutching a basketball, but then in the next wide shot, he is not seen to be in that place.
Ya now what, fuck me! This movie was incredibly epic and enjoyable. I did care about what schools they went to and who got scholarships. There are many moments that are truly inspired. Pure Disney delight. Kelsey gets totally shafted though...she's like the most important character in the whole series, none of it would have happened without her feel-good song writing skillz. Where is her final farewell finale close-up? I love you, Wildcat.
"It's hard not to see the rabidly popular series's deliberate insubstantiality, its desire to address teendom in juvenile ways, as a depressing commentary on the dwindling standards of young entertainment consumers." - Nick Schager
I'm just gonna come right out and say it: I loved this film. The songs and dances were great to watch and stunningly directed and the plot certainly struck a chord with me, resonating with my leaving secondary school. If your kids liked HSM 1 & 2, they'll adore number 3 - the best in the series.