High School Musical isn’t actually bad.
That’s not to say that it’s entirely good, either.
The main problem with High School Musical is that it is so completely bland. Every character is like a overly simplified stereotype. The music is instantly forgettable and there’s not a memorable moment in the whole movie. The only bad part I can think of for High School Musical is having to stare at Zac Efron for an hour plus, who I find pretty much disgusting.
Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) meet at a ski resort on vacation and sing karaoke together. Upon returning to school, Troy discovers Vanessa has transferred into his school in New Mexico and he begins to wonder if he can be both the school basketball star and try out for the musical. Unfortunately for him and math whiz-kid Gabriella, everyone in their school seems stringently devoted to staying in their own little cliques and never “bending the rules” for anyone to break outside said cliques. Troy and Gabriella must fight for acceptance and fight to win the leads in the school musical.
Honestly, the yawn factor on this one was high. It wasn’t that it was so bad that I wanted to turn it off; it was just that I had to fight really hard to keep my attention focused on the screen and not get up and go do something else. I inadvertently bought this movie a long time ago (it’s a long, long story) and I honestly wish I didn’t own it because I’ll never watch it again.
It’s nowhere near the worst, but it’s also nowhere remotely near the best. It’s not even interesting enough to claim the title of mediocre; it’s like a perfectly slick storm of tween marketing and PR come to life.
Right now? I’m using it as a coaster.