Sunday, September 03, 2006
Friday Family Movie Night--High School Musical
I know it isn't Friday anymore (no matter how much I wish it might be) but I had to go back and post about our wonderful Friday night movie, High School Musical. It was so good that we had an encore presentation tonight.
I didn't know very much about this movie when I rented it, only that I had heard quite a bit of "parent buzz" about it. All reviews had been favorable and assured that it was appropriate for kids of all ages, so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did!
It is about a boy and girl who break out of their usual roles of basketball player and academic decathalete to audition for the high school musical. This has all sorts of social ramifications for them that ultimately result in a feel-good film with a message about being who you really are, not just what people expect you to be.
The music is very catchy. The kids were singing along almost immediately, and I heard the songs all weekend long. (I must admit, I sang them too.) There is a character for both boys and girls to identify with, so no gender wars sprung out over it being a "girl" or a "boy" movie. Both parents and kids liked it. There was absolutely nothing offensive or even uncomfortable in the film. No bad language, no inappropriate sensuality or innuendos, nothing. WHY CAN'T THEY MAKE MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS?!
Think of it as a totally clean "Grease". Albeit not quite as entertaining, but really good nonetheless.
I give it an A++, my highest rating for a family film.