High School Musical 3: Senior Year

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Still of Corbin Bleu and Zac Efron in High School Musical 3: Senior YearStill of Lucas Grabeel in High School Musical 3: Senior YearKenny Ortega at event of High School Musical 3: Senior YearStill of Kenny Ortega, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron in High School Musical 3: Senior YearStill of Zac Efron in High School Musical 3: Senior YearStill of Corbin Bleu, Kenny Ortega and Zac Efron in High School Musical 3: Senior Year

As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 3.8/10 (23,585 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Kenny Ortega

Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

Troy and the gang of East High School are going through their senior year, facing graduating and going their separate ways. Coming to terms with the reality of it all, Troy wants to attend the nearby University of Albuquerque next year on a basketball scholarship, but Gabriella wants to attend Stanford University in California. Meanwhile, Sharpay, the school's shallow and spoiled rich girl, plots to go all out planning the school's final musical show with the idea to add music to her hopes and fears about the future. While Sharpay takes an up-and-coming British exchange student under her wing, her flamboyant fraternal twin brother, Ryan, has his sights set on something different after school. In addition, Troy's best friend and basketball teammate Chad, and Garbiella's best friend Taylor, all have their sights set on their plans after high school and come to terms with the reality of the real world.

Writers: Peter Barsocchini, Peter Barsocchini

Zac Efron - Troy Bolton
Vanessa Hudgens - Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale - Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel - Ryan Evans
Corbin Bleu - Chad Danforth
Monique Coleman - Taylor McKessie
Olesya Rulin - Kelsi Nielsen
Chris Warren Jr. - Zeke Baylor
Ryne Sanborn - Jason Cross
KayCee Stroh - Martha Cox
Bart Johnson - Coach Jack Bolton
Alyson Reed - Ms. Darbus
Matt Prokop - Jimmie Zara
Justin Martin - Donny Dion
Jemma McKenzie-Brown - Tiara Gold

Taglines: high school graduation


Official Website: Disney [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 24 October 2008

Filming Locations: East High School - 840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $42,030,184 (USA) (26 October 2008) (3623 Screens)

Gross: $251,061,427 (Worldwide) (5 April 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Over 1,000 extras were used for the Graduation scene.

Continuity: Troy gets green paint on his hands, then climbs over the white fence without getting green paint on it.

Gabriella Montez: [all sung] Troy!
Troy Bolton: Right now I can hardly breathe.
Gabriella Montez: Oh, you can do it just know that I believe.
Troy Bolton: And thats all I really need.
Gabriella Montez: Then come on!
Troy Bolton: Make me strong! It's time to turn it up. Game on!

User Review

Oh, god, I can't believe I'm saying this... I actually had fun... did I just really write that? Maybe I should make a doctor's appointment

Rating: 6/10

OK, I work at a movie theater and the main thing we've been waiting for is High School Musical 3: Senior Year, we knew it was going to be big, so a few co-workers and I got together for the matinée before all the kids rushed in, it was still packed surprisingly. But I've seen both previous films because my little cousin is just in love with all that pre-teen hoop-la, it's all good, every generation has something so lovey-dovey-cutesee-wootsee type of thing. But one of the things that made this film enjoyable was to see all the kids who were just participating with this film, I mean, I felt like I was in a concert, the kids were clapping with the songs, screaming for their idols, and just having fun, it was cool to see their reactions, to remember a more innocent time of being in love that much with something. But I felt like this was just a cute movie that is getting too much criticism just because it is High School Musical, give it a break and take it for what it is.

The gang is back for their senior year and everything is just perfect, they came up with a great idea for a musical to represent all that they're going through in this exciting year. But there is also a lot of pressure: Zack is facing a tough decision of which college to go to while Gabriella is planning on going to Yale University so far away from him, Sharpay and her brother, Ryan, are competing for a scholarship to Juliard, and Chad and Taylor are learning what to do with the rest of their lives while loosing their best friends to different schools.

Granted High School Musical is never Oscar material, in fact, it's downright like having a soda after school with the hot quarterback or sexy cheerleader, but like I said, it's for the kids. Seeing their reactions to this reminded me and my co-workers of a more innocent time, when I had the same excitement to see Spice World when I was 12 years old. We all had these silly things we loved at a young age and for some reason we become more cynical as we get older criticizing everything that the new generation has, so I'm cutting this movie some slack. It had fun songs, cute characters, silly situations, but great dance numbers and is just over all a nice film for the family. I do recommend it just for the fun of being with the fans and just having a good time, no matter how cheesy it is.



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