Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to

High School Musical 2

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

High School magic strikes again.

Movie NR 2007 111 minutes
High School Musical 2 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 16+

Very Immodestly Dressed Teenagers

I cannot believe the low age ratings this has been given. I don't want my teenagers watching this. There are entire scenes with girls in low cut swimming suits and very low cut tops revealing cleavage. I don't want my girls thinking this is how they need to dress and I don't want my boys thinking this is how girls should dress. More than disappointing!
1 person found this helpful.
age 6+

A really good movie!

I really really loved this movie! My kids did too. I'm 18 so I can kind of relate to them. I love how they expressed their true selves!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (58 ):

For fans of the first High School Musical, the sequel picks up right where the original left off, not missing a beat with 10 catchy new songs and improved choreography. A little extra maturity in the cast only increases the characters' likeability, and the slightly more emotional storyline (Efron even seems on the brink of tears during one sad scene) will win points with older viewers who may tire of teen issues being too easily resolved on TV.

There's no doubt that tweens will flock to High School Musical 2 like they did to the first, and, once again, parents can rest assured that there's nothing to worry about here -- unless you take exception to the movie's sparkling, sanitized view of teen life. There's no bad language, no violence, no drinking, and only one kiss (which, as in the original, is reserved for the end of the movie). Tweens who watch will be treated to positive messages about relatable issues like overcoming cliques, valuing friendship, being true to yourself, and standing up for what you believe in.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate