November 03, 2008 12:00 PM

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel


Who really cares what a grumpy, decades-past-tweenerdom critic has to say about this first big-screen sequel to the Disney Channel megahit movies? Like, chill, lady! So yes, I found this tune-filled tale about a bunch of clean-cut high school kids getting ready for one last show and suffering minor angst over college choices insipid, musically vapid and excessively sugary. But that won’t matter to anyone in the intended audience, who will positively swoon as chaste senior sweethearts Troy (Efron) and Gabby (Hudgens) repeatedly declare their undying fondness for each other, culminating in her heartfelt declaration “I love you, Wildcat,” plus a tender kiss. (For the non-HSM-fluent, Troy’s a hoops star and his team is the Wildcats.) Gag me!

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