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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

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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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Kenny Ortega

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Troy Bolton
Vanessa Hudgens ... Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale ... Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel ... Ryan Evans
Corbin Bleu ... Chad Danforth
Monique Coleman ... Taylor McKessie
Olesya Rulin ... Kelsi Nielsen
Chris Warren ... Zeke Baylor (as Chris Warren Jr.)
Ryne Sanborn ... Jason Cross
KayCee Stroh ... Martha Cox (as Kaycee Stroh)
Bart Johnson ... Coach Bolton
Alyson Reed ... Ms. Darbus
Matt Prokop ... Jimmie Zara
Justin Martin ... Donny Dion
Jemma McKenzie-Brown ... Tiara Gold
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Storyline

Troy and the gang of East High School are going through their senior year, facing graduating and going their separate ways. Coming to terms with the reality of it all, Troy wants to attend the nearby University of Albuquerque next year on a basketball scholarship, but Gabriella wants to attend Stanford University in California. Meanwhile, Sharpay, the school's shallow and spoiled rich girl, plots to go all out planning the school's final musical show with the idea to add music to her hopes and fears about the future. While Sharpay takes an up-and-coming British exchange student under her wing, her flamboyant fraternal twin brother, Ryan, has his sights set on something different after school. In addition, Troy's best friend and basketball teammate Chad, and Garbiella's best friend Taylor, all have their sights set on their plans after high school and come to terms with the reality of the real world. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Disney [France] | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haunted High School Musical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,030,184, 26 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,559,416, 5 February 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,909,177, 12 April 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Gabriela was on her bed when she got a call from Troy, it was Vanessa Hudgens idea to be barefoot. She also wanted the camera to be focused on her soles and toes then zoom out to capture her as it was shot but that idea was scrapped. See more »

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When Troy and Chad arrive at the junk yard, Troy gets out of the truck and you can see he has on light blue boxers. When they start singing his boxers change to navy blue or black. See more »

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Jimmie Zara: Yo yo yo, it's lunchtime!
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A Nutshell Review: High School Musical 3
2 November 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

My only exposure to High School Musical was from a chalet gathering last Christmas where a friend who was a fan brought his DVD and shared with us what's there to like from this highly popular franchise. The DVD has countless of versions released to milk its fan base, that I've really lost count just how many variations (Encore? Extended Dance?) there are out there in the market. Even then I didn't really watch High School Musical 2 completely, only zooming into the catchy song and dance numbers, and as for the first movie, I was only familiar with one or two songs that became like anthems for working together?

Anyway I'm not a fan, and the reason why I would have watched this is because Disney decided it was good enough for the big screen. Either that, or they actually did their sums and realize that the huge fanbase would turn up in droves to support it in the cinemas. And I guess they were right, looking at how it opened at #1 at the US Box Office. Is it any good then? For the uninitiated like me, the story's nothing spectacular, as it deals with growing pains of students and decisions that come with the end of high school, having choices presented on where you would want to go next for further studies. This would naturally mean a split amongst established friends as you'll be geographically separated, and temporarily close a chapter in your life.

Central to the story would be the possible insecurities and impending (long term?) split between lovebirds Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vannessa Hudgens) due to the latter's brainier character being accepted by Stanford. In fact just watching this movie alone, I thought Gabriella was the psychologically tougher of the two, with Troy being your typical indecisive jock who's a bit wishy-washy about his own development path ahead. The other subplot would be the usual resident evil Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) and her antics in wanting the limelight all for herself, this time though with her personal assistant thrown into the mix, and having the audience judge who's the biggest bitch out there.

But of course this is Disney, so don't expect too deep a theme to be dwelled upon. It's still fairly light stuff that is meant for enjoyment by kids, and supposedly with wholesome values thrown in too that would meet parental approval. It's fairy tale stuff that would seem like a cop out with its perfectly ideal ending, though some may find such saccharine positivity a refreshing change for once.

The song and dance numbers are wonderfully choreographed, though one can cringe at some of the lyrics for the slower numbers. A pity of course that we don't get to see the centerpiece of the show within the show, and only bits and pieces of the graduation play that the characters designed as something to commemorate their time at East High by. But of course I suspect that this is probably reserved in advance for the DVD release, where you can sit through the entire thing in one sitting.


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