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Sunday, October 26, 2008

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Starring: Zac Efron ... Troy Bolton

Gabriella Montez ... Vanessa Hudgens

Ashley Tisdale ... Sharpay Evans

Lucas Grabeel ... Ryan Evans

Corbin Bleu ... Chad Danforth

Monique Coleman ... Taylor McKessie

Bart Johnson ... Coach Jack Bolton

Alyson Reed ... Ms. Darbus

Olesya Rulin ... Kelsi Nielsen

Chris Warren Jr. ... Zeke Baylor

Ryne Sanborn ... Jason Cross

KayCee Stroh ... Martha Cox

Matt Prokop ... Jimmie Zara

Justin Martin ... Donny Dion

Jemma McKenzie-Brown ... Tiara Gold

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: By CHRIS TOOKEY, Daily Mail Online

Anyone who thinks that musicals are dead should have been with me last night, among thousands of fans screaming for High School Musical 3.

It will be too corny, squeaky- clean and wholesome for most critics, and the plot isn't exactly riddled with dramatic tension.

But it's better danced than Mamma Mia, and can safely be recommended even to small children.

The film offers some extremely positive role models, and it's refreshing in a high school movie to see brains being appreciated as much as athleticism.

Unlike most threequels, it surpasses its two predecessors. It has glossier production values, catchier songs and even a little more story.

Parents will be reminded of Grease in 1978, and grandparents may recall classic Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movies, such as Babes in Arms in 1939. For those of you without small children, a little explanation may be needed.

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The first High School Musical was available only on cable TV in the U.S., where it pulled in 7.7 million viewers, and its soundtrack became a best-selling album. Spin-offs have included six computer games, numerous books, one version on stage and another on ice. 18.6 million TV viewers tuned in to see High School Musical 2.

Number 3 has been made for the big screen and belongs there.

Basketball star Troy (Zac Efron) and brainbox Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) remain high school sweethearts but they're off to different colleges, so what can they do to celebrate their hopes and fears for the future but put on a show right here?

If I were mean-spirited, I might point out that Zac Efron is about a foot too short to be a bona fide basketball player, and although the trailer promises 'ten new original songs', most of the numbers are indebted to Madonna and Michael Jackson.

But it would be churlish to deny the movie's energy, good heart and high spirits.

Although the emphasis is on youth, the true star is director-choreographer, Kenny Ortega, who must have thought his movie career had peaked with Dirty Dancing in 1987 and ended with the failure of Newsies in 1992.

This superbly danced film makes full use of his talents and it's a reminder that some ideas - such as Fred Astaire's great routine to Dancing on the Ceiling - need only a little updating to enthral young audiences in the 21st century.

If you have children, especially girls, they would have dragged you along to see this anyway.

The good news is that it's entertaining whatever your age, and far from the commercialised mediocrity that I had expected.


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