“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
In a long tradition of happy-go-lucky, squeaky-clean, high-school pop-cultural sensations—like Archie comics, and Happy Days and Saved By The Bell television programs—Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year breaks out of the small screen and comes alive on the big screen with all the positive energy, catchy tunes, and razzle-dazzle that you have come to expect from the previous two installments.
With nary a drug, pregnancy, or broken family in sight, this is not the high school of reality but of what we hope it could be. Heck! There is only one kiss depicted in this film. Director Kenny Ortega and writer Peter Barsocchini take out all the gritty reality of current day high school, and allow the characters to sing and dance on themes of the prom and college.
Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) must decide where they will go to college. Their drama teacher Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) has submitted applications for four students (one of whom is
High School Musical 3: Senior Year is better than real life. The people look better, sing better and they all get along. Although graduation occurs (with a dance number, of course), there seems hope for yet another High School Musical movie. The world of joy and music may continue.
And isn’t that what the promise of Heaven is? Never-ending joy, praise, and quality relationships with God and each other? High School Musical 3: Senior Year gives the viewer a glimpse that perhaps there is another world where we might be able to visit someday. The target audience member, girls 8 to 12, need to have good heroes, role models to which they can aspire—and a dedicated basketball player like Troy or a Julliard scholarship winner like (I’m not telling) fit that bill.