Rated: G

Distributed By:

Buena Vista/Walt Disney

Directed by:

Kenny Ortega

Starring:

Zac Efron as Troy Bolton; Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez; Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans; Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans; Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth; Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

In High School Musical 3: Senior Year, those Wildcats at Albuquerque's East High are embarking on their senior year. No longer will life just be about basketball games and summer jobs and high school musicals: Graduation is just around the corner and semi-adulthood lurks on the horizon-and so, it seems, do some bittersweet good-byes.

Troy and Gabriella, East High's dancing and singing royal couple, are planning to attend different colleges. And Troy must decide whether to play basketball or pursue his musical dreams. Meanwhile, dimpled-but- dastardly Sharpay plots another takeover of East High's last musical-and a chance to finally sing that elusive duet with Troy.

Wholesome themes such as teamwork, friendship, responsibility, being yourself and modesty pepper this musical treat. Characters also grapple with heavier issues. Troy's dad expects Troy to attend the University of Albuquerque and play basketball. Troy's not so sure, but he doesn't want to disappoint his dad.

HSM3 has just a few problem areas. Some costumes are more revealing than in the first two films. Also, Gabriella shares a pizza with Troy in her bedroom, without Gabriella's mother's knowledge. And in a prank, some boys steal some other students' clothes, leading their victims (wearing only towels) through the school.

For the most part, HSM3 is refreshingly clean with good moral messages. The film shows the way high school should be—where people burst into song and where most every problem can be worked out by dancing up a storm.

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