Back to High School.

While most people in America have been counting down to the Presidential election, in our house, the excitement has been building towards a different event: the release of High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Forget about Barack, John, Sarah and Joe. All my kids care about are Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and Chad. Presidential politics may be fascinating, but hey, who wants fascinating when you can have fabulous?


I’ll admit, however, that my kids are not the only fans of the HSM franchise. As far as Disney movies go, they’re definitely my favorite. I’m so animated-princess-weary at this point that real, live teenagers are downright refreshing, even if they are absurdly well-mannered, undersexed, and well, nothing like real, live teenagers at all. But still, the songs are catchy. And after months of listening to the new HSM songs being totally overplayed on Radio Disney, I was anxious to watch the movie, if only to see whether the prom scene lives up to the title of the prom song, Night of Nights. Because with a title like that, I’m thinking a little somin’ somin’ is gonna’ go down in the motel room at the prom after party…oh, but wait, these are well-mannered, undersexed, Disney teens, so maybe not.


Okay, so, we went to see it over the weekend, and I’m not gonna’ lie, I loved it. It disturbed me that I found myself attracted to Zac Efron more than once, but aside from that (and – spoiler alert! – aside from the fact that there wasn’t a prom scene), I thought it was really well done. Although, I have to say, it was kind of like being at a Disney version of a Beatles concert. There were all of these twelve year-old girls there, and they all screamed every time Troy had a close up. One girl even yelled “I love you, Troy,” every time he so much as glanced at the camera. And, I also have to say, as someone watching with a group of six year-olds, I’m really grateful for the undersexed aspect of the characters, because the fits of giggles that ensued from the first grade crowd when Troy and Gabriella had their one kiss was almost more than I could handle But I digress.


When the movie was over, and I was in the bathroom waiting for my daughter, I heard about a dozen moms say that watching HSM 3 made them want to go back to high school. And then the next day my friend e-mailed me, and said that watching it made her want to go back to high school, too. And so I started thinking: what is that about? Because I know that nobody really wants to go back to high school. Maybe they want to go to East High, which, may I remind you, is filled with well-mannered, undersexed, incredibly talented, fictional teenagers, and where detention is fun and homework is nonexistent, but then again, I think we’d all like to move to Candyland, too, where everything is made out of chocolate and gum drops, and nobody ever, ever, gets sad. But real high school? I don’t think so.



LilMisBusy said it perfectly. I saw the movie with my daughter (age 10), too!

The "Scream" sequence took me back to watching Kevin Bacon in Footloose. Which made me dwell on the boy from high school....which made me shed a tiny tear when Troy changes his college choice to be closer to Gabriella. The fact that their relationship didn't end is what made me love the movie. I think it's unusual for high school sweethearts to go the distance these days.


Here's how anxious we (me and my 2 daughters, 6 & 3)were: The girls had a dentist appointment the morning of the release. I figured "what the heck? I'm already missing work, why not go see a matinee?" I admit, I've had a crush on Zac since the original HSM. My 6 year old now mimics me by saying that he is "smokin". Go back to high school? Not quite. Most boys didn't look like Zac.


We saw the movie this weekend. It was a great movie. We were counting down at my house as well. My 5 year old LOVES the HSM movies. I also love that she LOVES them because I do too! :)
It did not make me want to go back to school, however. My high school years were nothing like theirs, but it was fun watching it nonetheless! :)


I was nostalgic for a different reason - that this phase of my daughter's life was coming to a close. We discovered HSM 1 together, and anxiously awaited 2 and 3. As the movie opened with those same old music strains over shots of East High, I felt a twinge of sadness that it was the last time (at least with this cast!) that we'll be doing this together. I think if she was older, she wouldn't be so keen on doing this with mommy, and that fact was definitely illuminated by her running into several friends at the theater. It just marked the passage of time, and years of her childhood gone by so quickly.