High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Theatrical Release: October 24, 2008
DVD Release: March 5, 2009
High School Musical 3: Senior Year


Disney’s “High School Musical” phenomenon leaps onto the big screen in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”, in which America’s favorite high school students (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman) hit senior year. Amidst a basketball championship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all of the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment last as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question. A crew of sophomore Wildcats (Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Jemma McKenzie-Brown) joins in the fun as the film’s incredible new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.

Dove Review

The kids and parents I screened this movie with loved it. The girls really like the lead actor, Zac Efron, who portrays Troy Bolton in the movie. The film is a rousing, rollicking, energetic experience. It is nice also to view a film about high school seniors that can be seen by the entire family.

Although the story obviously is a bit fantasy, a bit melodrama, some nice themes are featured, like having to choose between a couple of career paths, loyalty in romance when miles are placed between a couple, and rivalries. There are a couple of senior girls who both want the same role in the high school musical, which makes for an interesting plot line.

Other than some mild content listed below, this film is a wholesome experience for teens everywhere. Even some parents will find themselves smiling, no doubt as they reflect on their own high school days. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kiss; A young man kisses girl on cheek; there is a brief close up on a girl's rear who really puts something into her walk and a teen boy sighs.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: Some dancers are dressed like the Rockettes; a girl wears a short dress; mild cleavage; shirtless young men.
Other: A few high schoolers pull tricks on each other including some guys who hide their teammates clothes and they run through the girl's gym wearing towels in search of their clothes.


Company: Disney
Director: Kenny Ortega
Producer: Bill Borden
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 112 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter