|High School Musical 3: Senior Year|
|Directed by||Kenny Ortega|
|Produced by|| Bill Borden|
|Written by||Peter Barsocchini|
|Starring|| Zac Efron|
|Music by|| David Lawrence|
|Editing by||Lauren Flaum|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Release date(s)||October 24, 2008|
|Running time||111 minutes|
High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a 2008 American romantic musical film and the third and final installment in the High School Musical which consists with High School Musical and High School Musical 2.
This latest sequel follows high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, and Taylor as they are faced with the challenging prospect of being separated after graduating from high school. Joined by the rest of their East High Wildcat friends, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes, and fears about the future.</p>
The film received positive reviews, relatively better than the first part of the trilogy, and, in its first three days of release, High School Musical 3: Senior Year grossed $50 million in North America and an additional $40 million overseas, setting a new record for the largest opening weekend for a musical film.
The Wildcats were trailing the West High Knights, and the Wildcats enter the locker room for the final period feeling bitter. Team captain Troy rallies the team's spirit ("Now or Never") and, thanks to new transfer Jimmie "The Rocket" Zara, the Wildcats win the championship game which is the last one for the seniors on the squad at East High. Later, at Troy's after-match party at his house, Troy and Gabriella are seen thinking about their future and wishing that their last few months at East High would not end ("Right Here, Right Now").
Sharpay meets Tiara Gold, a British exchange student whom she hires to be her personal assistant. When drama teacher Ms. Darbus notices that there were so few sign-ups for the spring musical, Sharpay suggests she could do a one-woman show. This alarms Kelsi, who is writing the show, so she immediately signs up everyone in their homeroom for it instead. This results in Ms. Darbus announcing they will create a play about their final days at East High, called Senior Year. In addition, she reveals that Sharpay, Ryan, Kelsi, and Troy have all been considered for a scholarship at Juilliard School, but only one of them is to be chosen. Troy is confused, because he did not apply to Juilliard. Seeing his friends laughing, he believes they gave his name to Juilliard. Sharpay becomes desperate to win the scholarship, and knowing that Kelsi will give the best songs to Troy and Gabriella in the musical, she gets Ryan to try to persuade Kelsi to give them a song, by predicting her (and Ryan's) future ("I Want It All").
The very next day, Troy asks Gabriella to the dance while on the rooftop (seen previously in the first film as The Garden Club, a place where Troy goes seeking some quiet). She then teaches him how to waltz ("Can I Have This Dance?"). Chad then asks Taylor to go to prom with him with a cheesy pick-up line. She initially refuses, but later agrees when Chad proves he can put in some effort and asks again in front of everyone in school. The group rehearses for the musical, a scene about their prom night ("A Night to Remember"). The next day, Ryan walks in on Kelsi composing in the music room and they start to sing ("Just Wanna Be with You") which leads to Ryan asking Kelsi to prom. While Troy and Chad reminisce about their past ("The Boys Are Back"), Sharpay and Tiara discover that Gabriella has a chance to go to college early to Stanford and Sharpay convinces Troy that he is the only thing keeping Gabriella from her dream. Troy talks to Gabriella about this and after sharing an awkward goodnight, Gabriella sings ("Walk Away") and leaves for college the next day.
Troy's father, Jack, talks to him about his academic future, which he expects will be in the University of Albuquerque. This assumption makes Troy become angry and confused, and he runs away, storming around East High bewildered until he finally screams at the top of his lungs in the theater ("Scream"). Ms. Darbus is secretly watching and reveals that she sent in his application for Juilliard. Troy later gets a call from Gabriella saying that although she loves him, she will not return to Albuquerque for prom or graduation. However, on the day of the prom, Troy visits Gabriella at Stanford University and convinces her to return and they kiss sweetly together during the lunch break (Can I Have This Dance? (Reprise)"). Back at East High, Sharpay is prepared for the last musical at East High and Troy's fellow basketball player Jimmie receives a text from Troy to tell him to cover for him onstage because he is going to be late. The Juilliard representatives are there, and watch as the show seems to go well.
Kelsi and Ryan start out the show followed by a couple other numbers; Jimmie then performs with Sharpay and embarrasses her, although the audience applauds the performance. Troy and Gabriella appear during the second half of the show and sing their duet together. Tiara then betrays Sharpay and tells her how she is going to take over next year in the drama department. Sharpay finally learns how it feels to be manipulated and humiliated, but nevertheless does not wish to go down. While Tiara performs, Sharpay immediately crashes her performance and upstages her ("Senior Year Spring Musical"). At the end of the musical, Ms. Darbus reveals that both Kelsi and Ryan have won the Juilliard scholarship and tells about everyone's future plans, in which Troy reveals he's chosen Berkeley so he can be close to Gabriella where he can play both basketball and perform in theatre ("We're All in This Together ("Graduation Mix").
At the graduation ceremony, Troy gives the class speech, because Ms. Darbus selected him, not because he had the best grades. Throwing their caps in the air, the graduates form a giant wildcat before breaking out into song and dance (High School Musical). As the film ends, the cast runs across the field, the curtain falls, and they appear on the East High stage. They do their famous High School Musical jump with a close up of the six before bowing when the curtain falls and the credits roll.
- Zac Efron as Troy Bolton
- Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez
- Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
- Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans
- Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth
- Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie
- Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen
- Chris Warren, Jr. as Zeke Baylor
- Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross
- Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox
- Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus
- Tegan Moss as Angela Fuller
- Bart Johnson as Coach Jack Bolton
- Jemma McKenzie-Brown as Tiara Gold
- Manly "Little Pickles" Ortega as Boi Evans
- Matt Prokop as Jimmy "Rocket Man" Zara
- Justin Martin as Donnie Dion
- Leslie Wing Pomeroy as Lucille Bolton
- Socorro Herrera as Mrs. Montez
- Robert Curtis Brown as Vance Evans
- Jessica Tuck as Darby Evans
- David Reivers as Charlie Danforth
- Yolanda Wood as Mrs. Danforth
- Joey Miyashima as Principal Matsui
Musical numbers 
|"Now or Never"||Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Zeke, Jason, Martha, and Cheerleaders||East High gym||The championship game|
|"Right Here, Right Now"||Troy and Gabriella||Troy's Treehouse||After-party at Bolton residence|
|"I Want It All"||Sharpay and Ryan||East High cafeteria||Sharpay and Ryan's fantasy sequence|
|"Can I Have This Dance?" (Verse 1 + Bridge)||Troy and Gabriella||Rooftop garden of East High||Gabriella teaches Troy the waltz|
|"A Night to Remember"||Troy, Chad, Gabriella, Jason, Zeke, Taylor, Martha, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan||East High Auditorium||Rehearsal for musical number|
|"Just Wanna Be with You"||Ryan and Kelsi; Troy and Gabriella||East High Auditorium And Music Room||A declaration of unremitting love that survives against all odds|
|"The Boys Are Back"||Troy and Chad||Riley's Auto Salvage Junkyard||Troy and Chad reliving childhood memories/finding out what they want to be in life|
|"Right Here, Right Now" (Reprise)||Troy and Gabriella||Gabriella's house/Troy's treehouse||Deleted scene|
|"Walk Away"||Gabriella||Gabriella's house||Gabriella's move to Stanford University|
|"Scream"||Troy||Throughout East High||Troy's confusion about his future after Gabriella leaves|
|"Can I Have This Dance?" (Verse 2)||Troy and Gabriella||Stanford University\East High Auditorium||Troy convinces Gabriella to come back for the musical and graduation|
|"Senior Year Spring Musical"||Kelsi, Ryan, Chad, Sharpay, Jimmie, Troy, Gabriella, & Tiara||East High Auditorium (The Spring Musical performance)||Featuring: Last Chance with Kelsi & Ryan,Now or Never (Reprise) with Chad and the Jocks, I Want it All (Reprise) with Ryan and the Dancers,
Just Wanna Be with You (Reprise) with Sharpay, Jimmy, Troy, Gabriella, and the Ensemble, and A Night to Remember(Reprise) with Tiara, Sharpay, and Male Chorus
|"We're All in This Together
|Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor (on soundtrack); Choir (in film)||East High auditorium/graduation ceremony||A slower, graduation-tuned reprise from the first installment|
|"High School Musical"||Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor||Graduation Ceremony on the East High Football Field||The trilogy finale|
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, "...to help lure the production back to where it all began – at Salt Lake City's East High School – the GOED board Friday approved a maximum $2 million incentive for the production, the largest ever given to entice a filmmaker to Utah."
Stan Carrizosa, the winner of ABC's summer reality show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture appears in a music video "Just Getting Started" that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of the film. The show's other 11 finalists were featured in the music video as well.
Zac Efron was quoted in People Magazine as saying, "I can tell you that if the script is good and if we all agree on a final script, then there's nothing that is going to hold us back from doing it. We have fun making these movies and that's very rare in this business." Rumors persisted of ongoing salary disputes between Disney and the lead performers, particularly Efron. According to Rachel Abramowitz, as reported online by the Chicago Tribune, "an eclectic cross-section of Hollywood insiders think Efron should get a cool $5 million for High School Musical 3, the theatrical version of the franchise, which Disney hoped to make before the Writers Guild strike and Screen Actors Guild strike shut down Hollywood for several months. Efron declined to comment for the article, and although contract negotiations still are ongoing, sources say Efron is being offered a salary closer to $3 million, not $5 million, for the follow-up, which focuses on senior year at East High. Whatever the price, he's still perceived as a steal."
Ortega stated that pre-production would most likely start in January 2008. Filming began May 3, 2008, at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He stated that the script had been submitted before the writers' strike started and that they were developing music. He added that filming will happen in Salt Lake City, Utah (as the first two films), hinted that the plot will be something of the nature of the Wildcat's final year in High School and stated, "it looks like we've rounded up the cast."
Before filming began, the HSM3 board and cast held a press conference at East High School announcing the start of filming. The film would be released in theaters (in the United States) on October 24, 2008, though the film was to open in several countries including the UK at least one week earlier. The film had a $11 million budget and a 40-day shooting period. The film was said at the time to be the final installment with the current cast. The London premiere was the biggest London premiere of all time.
Vanessa Hudgens photo controversy 
Despite early speculation that Vanessa Hudgens would be dropped from High School Musical 3 due to her nude photo scandal, The Walt Disney Company denied the reports, saying, "Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she's learned a valuable lesson."
Sing-along version 
On November 7, 2008, High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The Sing-Along Edition with lyrics highlighted on the screen was released in selected theaters. The sing along version was released on May 21, 2011.
Critical reception 
The film met with positive reviews. As of December 2010, High School Musical 3: Senior Year has a fresh rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus reads: "It won't win many converts, but High School Musical 3 is bright, energetic, and well-crafted." The site also gave it a Golden Tomato for best musical film of 2008, and has been generally well-received, although overall has been given mixed reviews. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film a score of 57 based on 26 reviews, which is interpreted as "Mixed or average reviews " by Metacritic.
The Telegraph praised the changes brought about by the higher budget of a theatrical release: "High School Musical 3 uses its bigger budget to inject colour, scale, and visual depth. The opening basketball game alone is dizzying as the camera swoops high and wide, before a winning point makes the crowd erupt".
Stephen Farber, for Reuteres UK, says the film "will please fan base but won't win converts", as the story "never really does kick in" and that "the picture quickly grows tedious", while MSNBC's Alonso Duralde describes it as "a stitched-together Frankenstein monster of an entertainment, featuring major components that were already trotted out the first two times."
Peter Johnson of The Guardian describes the film as so bland that it "makes cellophane taste like chicken jalfrezi", and says that "the sheer squeaky-cleanness of everything is creepy, and when the characters are called upon to dance, they do so with robotic efficiency, and sing in that decaffeinated high vibrato, like 21st-century Hollywood castrati."
Entertainment Weekly on the other hand was very positive towards the film, praising the stars' energy: "the beauty of Efron's performance is that he's a vibrant athletic hoofer who leaps and clowns with the heartthrob vigor of a young Gene Kelly, yet he's also achingly sincere. His fast-break alertness makes him the most empathetic of teen idols; he's like a David Cassidy who knows how to act, and who can swoon without getting too moist about it. Apart from Efron, the breakout star is Ashley Tisdale, whose Sharpay makes narcissism a goofy, bedazzled pleasure."
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram stated that the latest installment was "critic-proof" and "everything fans could hope for and more." They go on to say that "the kids finally look like true performers rather than Disney Channel mainstays desperately trying to remain relevant, and they deserve the lucrative careers that lie ahead" and gave the film a rating of four out of five stars. The film was also well received in the UK. Hudgens was recognized as Favorite Movie Actress at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, Efron was voted Best Male Performance at the 2009 MTV awards and Choice Actor: Music/Dance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards and Tisdale was voted Breakthrough Performance Female at the 2009 MTV Movie awards and Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 UK Kermode Awards.
International release 
|Country||Title||Theatrical release||TV release|
|United States||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||October 24, 2008||April 4, 2010|
|Colombia||High School Musical 3: La Graduación||October 24, 2008|
|Uruguay||October 21, 2008|
|Venezuela||October 28, 2008|
|Peru||October 30, 2008|
|Mexico||October 31, 2008|
|United Kingdom||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||October 24, 2008||December 4, 2009|
|Turkey||High School Musical 3: Yıldızlar Takımı||November 14, 2008||July 23, 2011|
|Spain||High School Musical 3: Fin de Curso||October 24, 2008||November 16, 2012|
|Brunei||High School Musical 3: Senior Year||N/A||September 19, 2012|
Box office 
The film opened with $16 million on Friday for the biggest opening day for a musical film of all time until the record was topped in 2012 by Les Miserables($18.1 million). It also debuted at the #1 spot (beating out Saw V in box office earnings) with an opening weekend of over $42,030,184 in the United States and breaking the record, previously held by Mamma Mia!, for the biggest opening ever for a movie musical. The film also opened at #1 overseas, with an international opening of $40,000,000. High School Musical 3: Senior Year grossed $90,559,416 in North America and $162,349,761 in other territories leading to a worldwide total of $252,909,177, which was above even Disney's expectations.
Awards and nominations 
- 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards
- Feature Film category, 2009 BAFTA Kids' Awards.
- Favorite Movie (WON)
- Favorite Actress - Vanessa Hudgens (Won)
UK Kermode Awards 2009
- Best Supporting Actress - Ashley Tisdale (Won)
- Best Male Performance - Zac Efron (Won)
- Breakthrough Performance Female - Ashley Tisdale (Won)
- Best Movie (Nominated)
- Breakthrough Performance Female Vanessa Hudgens (Nominated)
- Best Kiss - Vanessa Hudgens & Zac Efron (Nominated)
- Teen Choice Awards 2009
- Choice Actor Music/Dance - Zac Efron (Won)
- Choice Movie Music/Dance (Won)
- Choice Actress Music/Dance - Vanessa Hudgens (Nominated)
- Choice Actress Music/Dance - Ashley Tisdale (Nominated)
- Choice Movie Liplock - Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens (Nominated)
Home media 
High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released in Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on February 17, 2009, in Region 2 DVD on February 16, 2009 and in Region 3 DVD on February 24, 2009. The DVD was released in single- and two-disc editions.
In Region 2, the single-disc edition DVD featured most of the two-disc edition bonus features such as bloopers, deleted scenes, extended version of the film, sing-along and cast goodbyes. In Region 3, only the single-disc edition DVD was released with all of the two-disc bonus features as well the extended edition of the film. In the Philippines, it was released on February 25, 2009. The Region 4 DVD was released on April 8, 2009. As of November 1, 2009, the DVD has sold over 12 million copies and generated over $200 million in sales revenue.
International release 
The film premiered on Disney Channel India on 18 October 2009 and on 5 December 2009 in Disney Channel Asia. On 4 December 2009, for one night only, it premiered on Disney Cinemagic, and it will premiere on Disney Channel (UK & Ireland) in January/February 2010. It premiered on the 12 December 2009 on Disney Channel New Zealand/Australia. And 16 March 2011 in [LatinAmerica]. It premiered in France on 31 October 2011 on M6
Disney Channel India was the first to telecast High School Musical 3 officially. It was originally telecasted on 18 October as a part of Club HSM, but did not gain too much popularity. It was again aired on January 1 as a part Fully Funny First Day, and again on 14 February as a part of Pyaar Ke after effects.
Spin-off/Unaired spin off show/Possible reunion movie 
Main article: Sharpay's Fabulous AdventureA spin-off to the High School Musical series, called Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, was released on DVD on April 19, 2011, with the TV premiere on Disney Channel shortly afterward. Sharpay travels to New York City to make her dreams of being on Broadway come true. However, things start to go wrong when she finds out that the producers want only her dog for the show. The film is set after the graduation of the original cast. Ryan also makes a special cameo in the film, stating that he is currently on a musical tour; not in Juilliard, as hinted in Senior Year.
It also had a spin-off Pilot/Show called Madison High, but Madison High was not picked up.
While there has been no official word on a reunion movie, Zac Efron stated in an interview with showbiz spy in March 2012 that he is open to a reunion. He stated "I can’t say for sure if it will happen but deep down in my heart, I would jump at the chance". He then went on to say that he is "pretty sure" the rest of the cast, including Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale would be open for a reunion movie too.
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