Picks and Pans Review: New on DVD
>High School Musical
DVD: This Disney Channel movie became a surprise hit when it aired earlier this year (audience from accumulated broadcasts: 36 million). It's a musical in the old-fashioned sense—happy, silly, tuneful—and so mindlessly innocent it seems like an eighth grader's fantasy of teenage heaven. The star of the basketball team (Zac Efron) and a beautiful academic brainiac (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) want to audition for the school musical, but peer-group pressure threatens to undo their pretty harmonizing. It's hard to resist a show with a number set in a cafeteria and students singing, "Stick to the status quo-whoa-whoa." A summer-vacation sequel is planned. [stars 4]
EXTRAS: Interviews with the stars and director Kenny Ortega (who choreographed Dirty Dancing). Most important, sing-along subtitles. [2.5 stars]
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