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High School Musical (2006)




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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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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.

February 28, 2009 | Full Review…

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

February 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...

July 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.

December 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.

December 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


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

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"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
Kevin M. Williams

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The soundtrack is enjoyable and is an entertaining movie to a point, however if this is supposed to be the best of teen movies then thats very sad! Its an average movie with average acting, yes the singing is good but you shouldnt have high expectations for this movie!

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