Skip to Content. One character dominates and manipulates those around her, but she realizes the error of her ways and makes amends in the end. A teen learns that being true to himself and considering his friends' feelings are more important than personal ambition. Mild flirting among teens, with lots of near kisses and a couple of real ones at the movie's end. A male character refers to a girl as a "little hottie. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Parents need to know that although this energy-packed sequel to the wildly popular High School Musical presents a fairly sanitized view of teen life -- wrongs are righted in the end, all parties walk away friends, etc. Staying true to its squeaky-clean predecessor, the sequel spends more time on music than on making out in fact, the only kisses come at the end and are very sweet , and there's really nothing here that's likely to concern parents of tweens. Join now.
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It is the first installment in the High School Musical franchise. The protagonists are Troy Bolton Zac Efron , a basketball team captain, and Gabriella Montez Vanessa Hudgens , a shy transfer student excelling in math and science. Despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, Troy and Gabriella aim to resist peer pressure and rivalry and wish to inspire others along the way not to "stick to the status quo.
Disney Channel movie High School Musical premiered in and became an instant phenomenon. I couldn't go anywhere without hearing the songs or seeing it mentioned. Not long after, HSM spawned a sequel and I've decided to rewatch High School Musical as an adult , mostly because it contains one of my most favorite musical sequences.
Whether to your chagrin, or to your delight, High School Musical 2 was iconic. The television film, which still ranks as the most viewed Disney Channel Original Movie, had essentially raised a generation. The dancing and the vocals were on point, while each song was crafted to fit the story, perfectly. Descendants 2 is, seemingly, the new High School Musical 2 both of which were directed by Kenny Ortega, to top the cake. Happy advanced Birthday, High School Musical 2.