High School Musical - 3 Stars (Good)
The Disney Channel had to be beside itself with the premiere broadcast in January 2006 of "High School Musical" which was its most successful made-for-television movie up to that time with 7.7 million viewers.
In addition to its commercial success High School Musical is an even bigger artistic success with an outstanding message about acceptance by teenagers in today's world.
This movie represents everything that is right about today's teenagers. We see quality athletes, quality academic students, quality relationships and personal growth which leads to right thinking, right motives and right actions at the appropriate time.
All of this happens in a movie that is rated G, not PG, PG-13, R or NC-17. Can you appreciate how rare it is to see a G-rated movie that is not an animated film?
Millions of parents and adults are so sick and tired of seeing teenagers involved with filthy language, sexual gymnastics, drug use, murder, rape, mayhem and evil doing.
Hollywood says they only make these films because it is what moviegoers want to see; it really gives you an insight into just how permissive, warped and out of touch they are with mainstream America.
Having said that let me gush about High School Musical and the quality direction by Kenny Ortega and quality writing by Peter Barsocchini, who sends an excellent message about acceptance that every teen struggles with growing up.
A New Year's Eve party brings Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) together. While they are singing karaoke together they discover their love for music and interest in each other.
Gabriella, a very bright student, comes to a new school and rediscovers Troy, a jock and star of the basketball team. When Troy and Gabriella become fast friends they win a callback during the school musical auditions. Teen drama queen Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) and her brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) are upset as they have been the lead in the past 17 프리미어중계 school plays.
When Troy's basketball teammates realize he has auditioned for the musical and is neglecting his duties as team captain, and Gabriella's teammates on the academic team realize she has become friends with Troy, members of both teams conspire to break up their friendship.
When both Troy and Gabriella's performances slip dramatically and are obviously distraught because they are only trying to break out of their expected roles, their teammates confess to the conspiracy to break-up their friendship.
The conspiracy is led by Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), Troy's best friend and basketball teammate, and Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman), Gabriella's friend and leader of the school's Science Club that competes in the scholastic decathlon. Monique Coleman went on to compete in the popular series Dancing With the Stars.
Sharpay and brother Ryan know that Troy and Gabriella are real competition for their usual position on stage and set about to disrupt the callback by getting their drama teacher Alyson Reed, an even bigger drama queen, to change the time of the callback to interfere with Troy's championship basketball game and Gabriella's scholastic decathlon.
Troy helps his team win the championship, and Gabriella helps her team win the scholastic decathlon. Both of them make the callback and get the lead role in the play even though all three events occur at the same time. You will have to see the film to understand how their basketball and scholastic teammates devise a plan to make it happen.