High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Movie Review: Go Wildcats!

By: Alex Phuong (Three Beers) –

Many people agree that high school consists of four miserable years. Even with such teen drama, a very popular genre is the “high school fantasy.” In fact, popular films and television shows oftentimes are set in high school, such as Clueless (1995) and the Golden Globe-winning TV series Glee (2009-2015). One year before Glee premiered, though, Disney released the third installment of the High School Musical series to show the cast during their fictional senior year. This film is not exactly the best Disney movie ever made, but it is still very popular and has a fan base that supports the East High Wildcats.

A Toast

Since this is a musical, the film actually does feature some catchy tunes. There is the prom number called, “A Night to Remember” and the romantic duet “Can I Have This Dance?”. Even though it features eleven original songs, none of them received nominations at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. Still, the songs are still somewhat delightful because it adds fun to a “Disney-fied” version of high school. Along with the singing, the film also features very elaborate choreography.

Beer Two

Even though this film received a “G” rating from the MPAA, this film is not exactly family-friendly. There are two main reasons for this. First of all, Sharpay Evans is not a great role model because she is very materialistic and self-centered, which the film showcases during the musical number “I Want It All.” The second reason is because of Zac Efron’s somewhat inappropriate behavior in the film. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say that he “acts like a teen heartthrob.” Fans of Zac Efron might like that, but parents won’t.

Beer Three

In contrast to the first two made-for-TV films, this new installment features a new character named Tiara Gold. She basically just imitates Sharpay, and they are both blonde! Is her character really that necessary, though?


It has been over a decade since the first High School Musical film premiered on Disney Channel in 2006. In spite of that, many people still adore this film series. Disney also announced in 2016 the possibility of a fourth film in the series. This third film also holds the record for having the best opening weekend for a movie musical at $42 million. It has been years since the original Wildcats graduated from East High, but maybe Disney will be able to revive this beloved musical trilogy in the near future.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever Troy and Gabriella do anything romantic

Take a Drink: during every reference to typical high school topics, like prom, graduation, and preparing for college

Drink a Shot: every time the East High school colors (red and white) appear on screen.

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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