Parents' Guide to

High School Musical

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A modern-day Grease for tweens.

Movie NR 2006 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 8+

Very meh

A film that seeks the most obvious portrayals. Stereotypical representations of parents, teachers, and high school students. In spite of this film's many, many, many flaws it still can be engaging. But just because I am intrigued and desire to know what happens next does not mean that I found the journey satisfying. Although the posturing and the singing seem to lift the actors spirits it does very little for expanding the genre and it underestimates the complexity of story that teenagers and tweens can appreciate.
1 person found this helpful.
age 8+


This movie was SO GOOD! My 8 year old listens to the music on the bus!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31):
Kids say (149):

What infuses this movie with much of its spunk are Efron's and Hudgens' lively performances; both come across as friendly, well-adjusted, and immensely likable. During the song-and-dance-filled musical numbers -- including "Breaking Free," "Start of Something New," and "We're All in This Together" (all Billboard 100 hits) -- High School Musical sometimes feels more like a music video. The only thing that really detracts from the movie is the sugar-coated way that it portrays issues that regularly cause teens angst, such as entrenched cliques, self-esteem, and peer pressure. The world of High School Musical seems to be right next door to Pleasantville, where everything works out and everyone gets along in the end.

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