Movie Review: High School Musical 3: Senior Year

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Trailer

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Summary

East High’s Wildcats basketball team compete against their long-time rival, the West High Knights in the final championship game of the season. At the half, Troy rallies his teammates (“Now or Never”) and leads the team to victory. At the celebratory party, Troy and Gabriella discuss their unknown future and the short time they have left at East High (“Right Here, Right Now”).

At school, Ms. Darbus notices the lack of students signing up for the musical, and Sharpay suggests a one-woman show. Kelsi signs up everyone in homeroom, much to the class’ dismay. Ms. Darbus announces that the show will be called “Senior Year”, focusing on the future of the graduating seniors, and reveals that Sharpay, Ryan, Kelsi, and Troy have all been considered for a scholarship at Juilliard School, but only one will be chosen. Sharpay becomes desperate to win and, knowing that Kelsi will give the best songs to Troy and Gabriella, gets Ryan to try to persuade Kelsi to give them a song by predicting her and Ryan’s future (“I Want It All”). Sharpay later befriends Tiara Gold, a British transfer student and they worked together against Troy and Gabriella for the musical.

While on the rooftop, Troy asks Gabriella to prom and she teaches him how to waltz (“Can I Have This Dance?”), while Taylor refuses Chad’s pathetic attempt to ask her to the dance. She later relents when Chad asks again in front of everyone during lunch. The group rehearses for the musical with a scene about their prom night (“A Night to Remember”). The next day, Ryan and Kelsi rehearse (“Just Wanna Be with You”) which leads to Ryan asking Kelsi to prom, while Troy and Chad reminisce about their past in Reilly’s Auto Parts (“The Boys Are Back”). Tiara learns Gabriella has been accepted into the Stanford Freshman’s Honors Program and informs Sharpay, who convinces Troy that he is the only thing keeping Gabriella from going. Troy convinces Gabriella to go, and she leaves for college the next day (“Walk Away”).

Troy and his father, Jack, argue about which college he will attend, and Troy drives to East High bewildered until he finally screams at the top of his lungs in the theater (“Scream”). Witnessing this, Ms. Darbus reveals that she sent in his application for Juilliard. Troy gets a call from Gabriella saying that although she loves him, she will not return to Albuquerque for prom or graduation. However, on the day of the dance, Troy visits Gabriella at Stanford University and they have their own prom (“Can I Have This Dance? (Reprise)”). Meanwhile, Sharpay prepares for the musical at East High, and Troy texts his junior teammate Jimmie Zara to be his understudy because he is going to be late to the show.

Kelsi and Ryan start the show; as Troy’s and Gabriella’s understudies, Jimmie performs with Sharpay and embarrasses her, although the audience applauds. Troy and Gabriella appear during the second half of the show and sing their duet together (“Just Wanna Be with You (Reprise)”). Tiara betrays Sharpay, telling her she will take over the drama department next year. Sharpay finally learns how it feels to be manipulated and humiliated, but crashes Tiara’s performance and upstages her (“A Night to Remember (Reprise)”).

At the end of the musical, Ms. Darbus reveals that both Kelsi and Ryan have won the Juilliard scholarship, and Troy reveals he has chosen to attend the University of California, Berkeley to be close to Gabriella, play basketball, and perform in theater. Taylor reveals that she will be attending Yale University with honors to study Political Science, and Sharpay and Chad reveal they will attend the University of Albuquerque for Performing Arts and basketball, respectively (“We’re All in This Together”).

At the graduation ceremony, Troy gives the class speech after being selected by Ms. Darbus, and everyone celebrates finishing high school (“High School Musical”). The six leads walk toward the stage and take their final bows as the curtain closes.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I feel eh about this movie, out of all of them in the franchise, it just was forgettable. Dances were okay and the story line was going to continue but it felt pushed and not natural.

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