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High School Musical

High School Musical

4.1 161
Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale


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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
In the 65-plus years since Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland first all but patented the idea of putting on a show, the spirited high-school-musical formula has been reworked on film countless times. Still, one is hard pressed to recall a variation that has met with more phenomenal, out-of-nowhere success than the Disney Channel's surprising High School Musical. Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) is his school's star basketball player. Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) is a math whiz he meets on vacation. They make beautiful music together in a karaoke contest. Shades of Grease -- she turns up as the new transfer student at his school, and together, they decide to try out for the school musical, a threat to the social status quo. The karaoke-crossed lovers first face peer pressure from Troy's teammates and Gabriella's "brainiac" pals. Then, there are the machinations of the school's reigning drama queen, Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and her brother, Ryan (Lucas Grabeel). Ultimately, of course, there is a jubilant conclusion, played out during a confluence of musical call-backs, a championship hoops game, and the scholastic decathlon. Alyson Reed deserves applause as the hilariously "harsh" drama teacher Mrs. Darbus, who is part Margo Channing (from All About Eve) and part Simon Cowell. Director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing) makes all the right moves with such high-spirited showstoppers as "Stick to the Status Quo," "Get'cha Head in the Game," and the sassy, Latin-flavored "Bop to the Top." Since High School Musical debuted on the Disney Channel in January 2006, the film has become a pop-culture phenomenon, an innocent Rocky Horror for the tween set. It became the highest-rated program in Disney Channel history, spawning sing-along and dance-along rebroadcasts, as well as chart-topping soundtrack album and singles. Much more would seem inevitable for this sudden smash, and for all involved.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although this Disney telepic won incredibly high ratings among its target audience and spawned a chart-topping soundtrack CD, High School Musical is at best a middling attempt at reviving the old-time "tuner." To start with the good news, the young cast is extremely appealing, and their energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the material (as well as their teen-magazine cuteness) go a long way toward making Musical work -- and help to explain why so many teens and 'tweens found it so engaging. Kenny Ortega has staged the musical numbers sharply; the choreography itself is of varying quality, but Ortega captures them well on film. And certainly the basic theme -- whether it's better to be yourself or to be what is expected of you -- is one that resonates with the viewers Musical is reaching out to. Unfortunately, that theme is carried out via a screenplay that is trite, superficial, unbelievable, and actively annoying -- at least to most viewers over 18. There are also large credibility issues, including whether the drama clique at any high school could be as popular as presented here; the cartoonish manner in which the drama teacher is written and acted; and the fact that the leading male is supposed to be a major contender for a basketball career, despite the fact that a generous guess at his height would put him at no more than 5' 10." To make matters worse, the adult characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, Ortega's direction is overly obvious, and the score, with one or two exceptions, is bland pop pap. Still, many people will be very willing to overlook these flaws, finding the youthful cast and the basic idea more than enough to keep them entertained.

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Special Features

Contains both the originally telecast version of the film and a "sing-along" edition that displays the lyrics on-screen; "Learning the Moves" with director-choreographer Kenny Ortega; "I Can't Take My eyes Off of You" and "We're All In This Together" music videos; behind-the-scenes featurette.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zac Efron Troy Bolton
Vanessa Hudgens Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale Sharpay Evans
Corbin Bleu Chad
Lucas Grabeel Ryan Evans
Monique Coleman Taylor
Alyson Reed Mrs. Darbus
Bart Johnson Coach Bolton
Joey Miyashima Principal Matsui
Olesya Rulin Kelsi Nielsen
Chris Warren Actor
Ryne Sanborn Actor

Technical Credits
Kenny Ortega Director,Choreography
Peter Barsocchini Screenwriter
Bill Borden Executive Producer
Seth Flaum Editor
Natalie Hart Casting
Mark Hofeling Production Designer
Jeff Johnson Casting
Charles Klapow Choreography
Jason LaPadura Casting
David Lawrence Score Composer
Gordon Lonsdale Cinematographer
Barry Rosenbush Executive Producer
Don Schain Producer
Bonnie Story Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High School Musical
1. Opening Title [:00]
2. Back to School [:00]
3. "Get'cha Head in the Game" [:00]
4. Auditions [:00]
5. "What I've Been Looking For" (Reprise) [7:40]
6. "Stick to the Status Quo" [6:35]
7. A Private Conversation [12:30]
8. Interventions [9:23]
9. The Truth Is Revealed [2:47]
10. Working Together [8:28]
11. "We're Breakin' Free" [8:45]
12. "We're All in This Together" [11:01]

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High School Musical 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
cute movie . Zac is so cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago