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A disappointment as it ditches the previous success formula
This is the third year in high school for the teenagers of East High, and they have to make their final year special by staging a play altogether.
"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" is a disappointment compared to the previous two "High School Musicals". The previous two radiates youthful energy and vibrant happiness, this one just lacks any of these qualities. There are no catchy songs, as the songs have a more contemporary feel, ditching the previous bubblegum formula. Many of the songs are not related to high school at all, such as the dance that occurs in a car dump which is so random.
It seems the filmmakers want to revamp the High School Musical cast to become more mature to prepare for possible sequels. However, such a move does not work as it alienates existing fans while fails to attract new fans with their new direction.
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