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by Jonathan McKee

High School Musical (5/23/2006)

Rated TV-G for mild language and sensuality.

Directed by Kenny Ortega

Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel


Jonathan's Rating: Rental

It doesn’t matter if you like it… your kids did.

This movie is the highest selling direct to video movie of all time to date. The soundtrack is still on the Billboard 200 (top 200 albums). In the album's third week, for the chart dated February 11, 2006, it climbed to number ten, and has since risen to number one on the Billboard 200 twice (on March 1 and March 22) and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

The film is about two teenagers who decide to try out for their high school musical against wishes of almost everyone. This young couple falls in love with music and each other in the middle of all the chaos.

The film is good clean fun with some very catchy songs.

I only have one complaint: the lipsinking of the “pre-recorded” songs is so painfully obvious that it makes Ashley Simpson’s SNL performance look like a Streisand picture. But most kids don’t notice that, and frankly… I’m just thrilled that a clean film became so popular.

SHOULD KIDS SEE IT:
Absolutely. No question. The film is cleaner than Finding Nemo. The only objection that some parents may have is the typical “adults are mostly dumb—kids know best.” But what else is new with Disney.


Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?


  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?


  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?




Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.



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