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High School Musical (2006)

High School Musical (2006)

High School Musical




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The captain of the East High basketball team and the key member of the academic club shock the student body by teaming to audition for the upcoming school musical in a Disney Channel Original Movie that's all about being yourself and following your dreams. Troy (Zac Efron) is best known as the player who keeps the East High basketball team on the scoreboard. Of course, life isn't always about athletics, though, and as Troy slam-dunks on the boards, beautiful and brainy Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) is raising the reputation of East High as the key member of the school's successful academic team. Despite their outgoing natures, no one would ever peg Troy and Gabriella as theater types. When word gets out that this popular pair has secretly chosen to reach for the stars and try their luck on the stage, the students of East High are about to learn an important lesson in teamwork while gearing up for a musical performance that will have their audience dancing in the aisles.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Barsocchini
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2006
Walt Disney Pictures


Zac Efron
as Troy Bolton
Vanessa Hudgens
as Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale
as Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel
as Ryan Evans
Alyson Reed
as Ms. Darbus
Bart Johnson
as Jack Bolton
Joey Miyashima
as Principal Matsui
Olesya Rulin
as Kelsi Nielsen
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Critic Reviews for High School Musical

All Critics (9)

Pop fluff intended for kids stuck between Dora the Explorer and Gossip Girl. Consider it a bonus that it's tolerable, if not fun, for the rest of us as well.

Full Review… | February 28, 2009

There's no denying the tween audience was hungering for this movie, without even knowing it. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | February 14, 2009
Groucho Reviews

A simplistic, and single minded teen romp filled with Disney channel regulars that disappears from your collective memory minutes after viewing it...

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Film Threat

As a marketing phenomenon, this has exceeded all expectations for a TV movie. However as cinema... maybe you just really need to be a teen to get it.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

A schmaltzy little piece of obvious fluff that's directed in truly horrendous fashion and populated by cardboard characters who spit out simplistic platitudes and breathy pop tunes.

Full Review… | December 10, 2006

For all its ungainliness, its cheesiness, its silliness, High School Musical is undoubtedly a great big heap of fun.

Full Review… | May 28, 2006

Audience Reviews for High School Musical

Cute, fun and my daughter and I had a good time watiching.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Corny, to be sure, High School Musical is most appealing to those below the age of 13, but even older viewers can appreciate the important message the film carries. Despite a few cringe-worthy moments, this made-for-tv phenomenon has relatively catchy and memorable songs and features charismatic, albeit exaggerated, performances.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


"Kids today don't know nuthin' bout entertainment! Back in my day we had quality, like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, wit' songs dat meant somethin' and good dancin' too ... dey don't make 'em like dat ennymore! Sniff!" But wait, they do, they do, or at least they did. Grease, again, with hair gel ... instead of Pomade.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

High School Musical Quotes

Sharpay Evans: Oh. Were you going to sign up to? My brother and I have starred in all the school productions, and we really welcome new-comers there are a lot of supporting roles in this show. I'm sure we could find something for you.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
Gabriella Montez: The Wildcats' superstar is... afraid?
Troy Bolton: No, no, I'm not afraid. I'm just... scared.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
Sharpay Evans: We need to save our show from people who don't know the difference between a Tony Award and Tony Hawk.
– Submitted by Lorenzo V (4 years ago)

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