High School Musical 2: All About the Shoes, Baby

18 Aug

I watched the premiere of High School Musical 2 last night, along with my son and two of my adorable nieces. There was, predictably, much support for the right side of the blatant class warfare, and much swooning over the clean-cut, sharply-pressed teen stars.

If you watched it, you don’t need me to summarize; if you didn’t watch it, I’m sure you don’t care to hear the basic plot details anyway. But here are the crucial stats and highlights, from the point of view of my living room television audience:

  • Ryan wore a total of 12 hats. One could be fairly certain of his emotional sea-change when he slipped on Chad’s baseball cap, and then actually wore one multi-color hat for an entire day. It would seem that his constantly-changing fabulous headgear was a side-effect of chasing rainbows with his drama-queen sister.
  • Chad’s t-shirts are the must-have fashion accessory of the summer. Everybody needs a t-shirt reading “Warning: Do Not Read This Shirt” or “He Did It.” Or, one viewer’s favorite, “I majored in vacation” (which, conveniently enough, is in fact available from DisneyShopping.com). But most elusive was the final t-shirt, which appeared to have text inside the silhouette of a television. Multiple, exhaustive attempts to freeze-frame at just the right moment were foiled; it would seem that the shirt never appeared close enough to the camera, and unobstructed enough, to read the text.
  • Based on the comments of various characters in the movie in talking to Troy, the entire movie can easily be boiled down into a parable of how well-made, expensive Italian shoes can disrupt one’s personal relationships and spiritual development.
  • Nobody should ever rhyme “beef” with “teeth,” even in a song about dental floss.

Having learned these important lessons, we now await patiently for the next installment: High School Musical 3: Gradu-Dancin’ (formerly titled Haunted High School Musical). My hope? That the under appreciated Kelsi will finally get some serious screen time and a little more emphasis in the plot. Ryan’s just had his well-deserved day in the sun . . . so c’mon people, let the geeky girl save the day next time!

4 Responses to “High School Musical 2: All About the Shoes, Baby”

  1. Eric August 18, 2007 at 6:54 pm #

    I also watched High School Musical 2: Electric Boogaloo. It is what it is- a movie geared to pop-star worshipping tweens, and holds very little appeal to me.

    The cast is talented though. They sing, they dance, and all while looking like they just fell out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.

    I did think this one had a bit more emotional resonance and character depth than the first (which is a bit like saying a Twinkie is healthier than a deep-fried Twinkie). The HSM machine will keep churning, but I suppose there are worse things that kids today could be into.

  2. Josh August 20, 2007 at 4:42 pm #

    Corbin’s last shirt says “I Just Look Like Him.”

    Picture Of Shirt

  3. Kitty-chan August 20, 2007 at 4:43 pm #

    Thank you Josh! Thank goodness for the interweb!

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