High School Musical 2



High School magic strikes again.
  • Review Date: December 10, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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."

Not applicable

Part of Disney's HSM marketing/product juggernaut.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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. -- it 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.

What's the story?

When Troy is offered a summer job at a posh country club, 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 HSM2 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media typically presents teen life. 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 17, 2007
DVD release date:December 11, 2007
Cast:Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron
Director:Kenny Ortega
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old July 20, 2010
I like this one the best
Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2011


CRAP! thats what this movie is..
Kid, 12 years old January 27, 2009

From Good To The Worst

I used to be obsessed over High School Musical, until everybody became obsessed. They're now driving me crazy: everywhere I look, HSM adverts, T-shirts, backpacks... whatever. Very young children (5-6 years)are simply obsessed with this movie because everybody they know is too. I know children who haven't even seen the movie, and they love it! Plus the movies are too corny and lame.


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