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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Predictable but enjoyable musical is fine for tweens.

Movie G 2008 109 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 6+


I LOVED this movie personally. Zac and Vanessa look adorable together. The only thing is that they kiss for a long time. Kind of making out. But SO GOOD!
age 5+

The best in the series by far!

My family loves these movies! And this one is THE BEST! There is hand holding and kisses but that's it. There is no cussing, no drugs, and absolutely violence. This is totally family friendly. If your kid is above 5 I think they can handle it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (68 ):

Earnest, schmaltzy, and wildly entertaining, the first film in Disney's enormously popular HSM franchise to debut on the big screen proudly wears its heart on its sleeve. Yet it doesn't suffer from doing so, largely due to the obvious rapport of its talented cast, particularly Hudgens and Efron, who share an unmistakable chemistry (they're a couple in real life, too). And the music? It's as catchy as ever (standout tunes include the anthem-like "Now or Never," the sweet "Can I Have This Dance?" and a slowed-down, nostalgic "We're All in This Together"). The musical numbers are ambitious productions marked by exemplary choreography--the hallmark of a hit Disney feature. (We dare you not to tap your feet.)

Make no mistake: High School Musical 3 is cheesy. And the plot does have holes -- for starters, director Kenny Ortega's decision not to show prom at all, even though the ritual of asking dates is pumped up in the movie's first half. But it's a good kind of cheesy, the kind that gamely tugs at your heart and grows more adorable by the minute. HSM 3 proves that the franchise has the heft to make the leap from television to the big screen, and it does so with honors.

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