High School Musical 2

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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High School magic strikes again.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 113 reviews

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Positive Messages

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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters learn and demonstrate empathy, humility, and integrity.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

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."


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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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. -- High School Musical 2 also has plenty of positive messages about being true to yourself, following your own path in life, and valuing true friendship. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 10-year-old Written byjrenouard April 9, 2008

Great role model for girls

If my girls emulated Gabriella, I'd be ecstatic. She's smart, nice, strong, doesn't allow herself to get pushed around, knows her own mind and s... Continue reading
Parent Written byaxxiom2000 October 27, 2014

Typical Disney Mindless Production with Stereotyping of Women as Gullible and Vain

Disappointing absence of opportunity to provide a positive role model for boys or girls - instead, Disney continues to portray kids as mindless and void of any... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 20, 2010
I like this one the best
Kid, 10 years old June 15, 2016


This is one of my favorite movies

What's the story?

When Troy is offered a summer job at a posh country club in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, he gets his girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), longtime buddy Chad (Corbin Bleu), and a bunch of other Wildcats hired there as well. Little does Troy know that the scheming socialite behind the job offer was snooty Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale), whose daddy owns the club and who has her summer sights set on snatching Troy out of Gabriella's arms. She tempts Troy with a flashy job, famous friends, and the promise of a college basketball scholarship if he devotes his time to her. Eventually he has to choose between this fast track to success and the person he knows himself to be.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media typically presents teen life in movies like High School Musical 2. Do you think people get an inaccurate view of teen life from the media? Why or why not?

  • Tweens: Do you find the characters and scenarios in this movie believable? Why or why not? Were any of the issues the characters faced similar to ones you've experienced? If so, how did you handle them?

  • Families can also discuss how this movie compares to the original. How have the characters changed since the first High School Musical? Which do you like better? Why?

  • How do the characters in High School Musical 2 demonstrate empathy, humility, and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

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