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High School Musical 3 (2008)

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (original title)
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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.

Director:

Kenny Ortega

Writers:

Peter Barsocchini, Peter Barsocchini (characters)
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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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high school graduation


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Trivia

This film was released theatrically because it was the most expensive of the three. Its production budget of $11 million was almost equal to those of the first two combined ($4.2 million for the first, and $7 million for the second) and was thus deemed unfeasible for a direct-to-TV movie. See more »

Goofs

While Kelsi is trying to get the group to do the musical, Gabriella is talking to Ryan, the next shot, she is facing the other direction. See more »

Quotes

Troy Bolton: [singing] The way we play tonight is what we leave behind. It all comes down to right now it's up to us. So what are we gonna be? T-E-A-M Team! Gotta work it out turn in on!
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Crazy Credits

There is a music video during the credits: "Just Getting Started" by the "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" reality show winner Stan Carrizosa. See more »

Connections

Followed by High School Musical 4 See more »

Soundtracks

A Night to Remember
Written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil
Performed by Ashley Tisdale and Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Produced by Matthew Gerrard
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One for the fans...ONLY!
29 October 2008 | by SophomoreSlumpSee all my reviews

The thing about the High School Musical franchise is that you either love it or hate it. Ever since the first movie, it has always been like that. I, for one, will now be standing in the middle because I will review this film unbiasedly. I've to say, the movie was fun to watch. It has a very simple storyline, which was made complicated later on in the movie. The characters whom are now in their senior years has to choose where they have to go after they finished high school. This is the story about their hope and fears and choices they have to make. Simple enough...

What amazes me is the dance numbers which had me completely blown away. It was choreographed so sophisticatedly and so beautifully that it will leave the audience enthralled. From a simple waltz during the rooftop scene to a very complicated-sorta-breakdance in the junkyard scene. I give my applause to the choreographers and the dancers. Well done!

The songs, I've to say, are good and most are very catchy and fun to listen to. The lyrics have matured. They are mostly better than the songs from High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2. The lead singer of each songs sings the song greatly. My compliment to Efron for his rough and edgy voice and Grabeel for some nice and melodic pitch. Although I'm not quite fond with Hudgen's nasal high-pitch voice.

One thing that I'm not happy with this movie is the fact that most of the musical numbers and songs are performance scene. Whether they're rehearsing the play or the play itself. In a true musical the dancing and singing are the way the characters express their feeling or just a way they talk. It is apart of the story, the dialogue. But in HSM, some of it are performance scene. For example, the prom scene is actually the rehearsal of the actual play. This slightly takes away the musical feel to it.

A bit of a warning though. This movie is made FOR THE FANS ONLY. If you're not a fan, you might want to start with the first HSM and work it up or just stay away from the franchise. Because, if you're not a fan, you might find some of the scenes quite cheesy. From some of the dialogues, to the ending where the camera focuses on the characters' faces before the big red curtain closed, even the last song (entitled "High School Musical") during the graduation is slightly cheesy.

Other than that, I'd say it is a great movie for all ages, especially the young ones. And it is a great family movie if you want some times to relax from the rough actions and romance or even politics of Hollywood.

The songs and the dance moves will keep you glued to the screen.


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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

Gross USA:

$90,559,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,909,177
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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