High School Musical


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.

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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
Joey Miyashima
as Principal Matsui
Bart Johnson
as Jack Bolton
Olesya Rulin
as Kelsi Nielsen
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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.

    Feb 28, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There's no denying the tween audience was hungering for this movie, without even knowing it. [Blu-ray]

    Feb 14, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A simplistic, and single minded teen romp filled with Disney channel regulars that disappears from your collective memory minutes after viewing it...

    Jul 10, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • 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.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its ungainliness, its cheesiness, its silliness, High School Musical is undoubtedly a great big heap of fun.

    May 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for High School Musical

  • Nov 24, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    High School Musical is just not my thing, maybe it me but I didn't like the plot or acting, but I guess the songs were okay.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    High School Musical is just not my thing, maybe it me but I didn't like the plot or acting, but I guess the songs were okay.
    Jim C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Now that I think about it, it's not half bad. I don't like musical but some of the songs are catchy. Disney movie in general.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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