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(August 26, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Like most girls out there, I managed to watch the premier of High School Musical 2 on Saturday night. I have to admit that I actually liked it a bit better than the first for a variety of reasons. I liked the first High School Musical, but High School Musical 2 just struck me as a tiny bit better, and here’s why.

It’s More Realistic

Having done a bit of high school, I’ll tell you that East High School has very little to do with reality, but that’s okay. The movie isn’t really about reality. That being said, High School Musical 2 (HSM2) seemed a bit more real to me. Sure the settings were a bit too clean cut and characters were exaggerated, but that’s just a musical for you.

The relationships between characters seemed deeper. It wasn’t quite so happy go lucky. There was joy, there was sadness, and Troy had some real depth to him. The first gave him about an inch of depth (“Hey, let’s go to my thinking spot while I decide if I can sing a song.”) The second gave him a solid foot (“Hey, I’m becoming a complete jerk but I must decide what is more important – my future or my friends.”)

It’s Got Good Angst

Making decisions and dealing with the drama of life is the stuff teen novels and movies are made of. “Angst,” as in teen angst is the term that universally covers all of the drama of life. The first High School Musical had us entertained with people trying to break out of cliques and stereotypes. The second actually had us guessing a few times about who was the good guy and who was the bad guy.

There were some songs and scenes that tugged at the old heart strings. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen the show yet, Troy makes a fool of himself and hurts Gabriella in a big way. They are adorable together and then…they aren’t.

Sharpay is up to her usual tricks, but this time she is even more devious. And to top it all off she not only is out to hurt the usual Wildcat crowd, she stomps on some family toes along the way. Ryan, Sharpay’s brother, gains a real personality in this sequel and becomes something of a leader rather than Sharpay’s pet. It’s very interesting and heartwarming to watch.

There is More Song Variety

Finally, and this is a personal reason, I liked High School Musical 2 better because the songs were better. There was more variety. The first movie had mostly upbeat, peppy songs, but HSM2 had some deep and thoughtful songs. (At least deeper and more thoughtful than the first – they didn’t rival “Hopelessly Devoted” by a long shot.)

There is the usual love song created for Troy and Gabriella, but the couple also gets a rather moving duet off the stage. Troy also gets a powerful solo as he tries to come to grips with what he has become and the difficult decisions he faces.

I don’t have any of the songs memorized yet, but I did record the movie. I’ll probably watch it a few more times just to make sure I get at least one song stuck in my head for a few weeks. Plus Troy’s got a haircut and I’m a fan of the new look.


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fishmouse

21/Female
Star City, IN
Posted On: September 1, 2007
EWWWW!! SOMEONE PLEASE PUT AN END TO THE WORLD'S MISERY! KILL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: September 1, 2007
ZAC IS FCKIN UGLY AND CANT SING, VANESSA CANT SING,ASHLEY TISDALE CANT SING,AND CORBIN BLEU CANT SING,AND NEITHER CAN ANYONELSE IN THOSE 2 STUPID MOVIES!!! THEY SUCK AND NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF TV BCUZ ITS A WASTE OF FCKIN FILM
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Screamsx3

96/Female
Romania
Posted On: September 1, 2007
Zac is a pedophile.
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young_and_repu

24/Female
Schenectady, NY
Posted On: August 31, 2007
HSM 1 and 2 are the stupidest movies ever. They should not be allowed on television.
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french_horn_lu

20/Female
Sappington, MO
Posted On: August 31, 2007
i wanna c hsm2 but i havent yet
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dadezgurl

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: August 31, 2007
i thought it was ok. but zack isn't hott. i think he's quite grosse
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melerinayoung

21/Female
Waianae, HI
Posted On: August 31, 2007
its awsome!!!
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sarahco777

17/Female
Colorado Springs, CO
Posted On: August 30, 2007
High School Musical 2 rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :icon1 2: :icon14 :
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alabamablonde1

21/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 30, 2007
IMO...HSM2 was a cute movie. And I really don't like the 1st one.

But really, JeZz, why the heck are the only TV shows you write about Disney and anime? >.> Don't you ever watch like, CSI or something? Good shows? I mean from a lot of the comments on these it's pretty obvious people are sick of Disney and anime....
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Screamsx3

96/Female
Romania
Posted On: August 30, 2007
oh,and Zac isn't even hott.
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Screamsx3

96/Female
Romania
Posted On: August 30, 2007
HSM 2 just went WAY too far. Its a horrible remake of Grease. The songs are annoying. They sang a song "I don't dance" WHILE they were dancing. What the hell is that? It was really cliche and stereotypical. Zac can't sing because he's a jock,Gabriella or whatever her name is can't do anything because she's a nerd,Sharpay is conceited because she's preppy. Seriously. Stop the madness,Stop HSM. They are making a third and fourth one,and the fourth movie is going to be in THEATERS. Its ridiculous!
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fairy_dust11

19/Female
Spring, TX
Posted On: August 29, 2007
hsm and hsm 2 are both dumb and pointless movies
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alyssa_12597

20/Female
Riverside, CA
Posted On: August 29, 2007
I watched the marthon of zack and cody and I watched the world premire Of HSM2 i loved it i also love all the songs and i was about to cry when i say the ''Gotta Go My Own Way" and i loved the sene where troy gives Gabby the ''T''
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Miley_Is_Cyrus

22/Female
Posted On: August 28, 2007
i love HSM 2! I love Ryan and I love Troy! there is nothing wrong. Sharpay still likes troy and wants him, and that is basically what makes the movie! i love the movie 1 and 2, but 2 is way better and has a better story line than the first one! i like the 1st one but the 2nd one is way better. comment me what you think.
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catlover02

20/Female
Valley Springs, CA
Posted On: August 28, 2007
I saw the 2nd one...and LOVED IT. and to all u peeps out there who think they lip synch, they do, but they record it in the studio and add it in later. and yes, i'll admit that Zac Efron is cute, but he is a little show off basketball boy.
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