High School Musical 3

by Cate on October 28, 2008

The Dynamic Duo“Mom, is this the right movie?”

Nicholas leaned in close to me and whispered.  And you know how those six-year-old whispers go … the kind that people ten rows back can hear and my ear is no longer dry.

“Yes, honey.  It’s probably just a preview.”

I gotta say, I thought it was a little strange that the preview was showing a man with black leather pants on, no top, covered with tattoos, strapped to some gadget with a saw coming at him.  But hey, it’s been a few years since I was in an honest-to-goodness movie theater, so shrugged it off as a preview.

“Mom, this isn’t High School Musical 3.  I don’t think so.  Where’s Troy?”

I gotta say, I thought it was a little strange that when we walked into the theater, it was 75% full, even though we were the 10th person in line right outside the doors as the staff cleaned up from the movie before.  But I figured that maybe there was another entrance to the theater that I didn’t see.

“I don’t think we’re in the right theater.”

This time is was The Neighbor Husband whispering, trying to balance while leaning over the kids.  Now that the preview had gone on for a few solid minutes, and the saw was getting dangerously closer to the man’s torso, I readily agreed as we quickly scooped up the kids and led them down the dark steps while we shielded them from the screen’s view.

Yup.  We inadvertently walked into the showing for Saw V.  A decidedly very different movie.  No rah-rah sing-song cheerleaders there, that’s for sure, but it might have greatly improved the man’s mood had there been.

Those darn theater employees should really mark the movies more clearly … I felt heaps better as we noticed two other families quickly exiting the theater at the same time as us.

Some six months ago, I heard that High School Musical 3 was coming to the big screen and marked our refrigerator calendar.  The first two in the franchise were on television, never in the theater, so I knew this would be a fun outing for Nicholas.  We counted down the days as it got closer and closer.

High School MusicalCome Friday, we made the executive decision to avoid opening night and go on Saturday afternoon instead.  All the better to avoid the giggly teeny bopper set.  They seriously had a bajillion showings this weekend, with one after the other getting sold out.

As I sat in the movie theater next to Nicholas, we giggled together as we watched the previews… Madagascar and Marley & Me (great book, and the movie looks hilarious).  I forgot how much I loved seeing movies on the giant screen.  Nowadays, particularly with the kids, we opt to rent movies, make popcorn and munchies, dim the lights and have our own showings as home.  And with ticket prices these days?  Who wouldn’t?

But this weekend was a good reminder that a visit to the movie theater every so often is a good thing … especially when shared with my kid (usually The Husband is the one taking him; now I’m going to start fighting more for my turn).

Oh and the reviews?  I liked the movie, but I tend to like, um, teeny bopper flicks that leave me without a care in the world … at least for a few hours.  Luckily my sister is the same way, so if Nicholas isn’t a willing participant, she usually is.  Nicholas liked the movie and was talking about it the next day.  The Neighbor Wife?  I believe the word was “excruciating.”  ;)

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Sarah Caron October 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm

I kinda like those bubble gum, teeny bopper movies too. Total escapism. Cause like if I want to be depressed or frightened or stressed, I can plug into real life.

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maris October 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm

That’s SO funny about being in the wrong theater. On my thirteenth birthday, my parents took my brother and I to see a Woody Allen movie. There weren’t very many movies playing and they had promised we could go to a movie on a school night for my birthday.

The movie was rated R but the clerk at the movie theater assured us that the worst of the movie was “some colorful language.” They said, “OK…fine…I”m sure it’s nothing you haven’t heard before.” A quick lecture on why to never repeat four letter words and that was that.

WELL…10 minutes into the movie was the most graphic s*x scene that they could possibly slip by an R rating. I think my dad covered my 10 year old brother’s eyes and we were in the car and home for cake faster than anyone could ask what we just saw!! That was it for the R movies for awhile :)

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Kalyn October 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

The movie was filmed at a high school about a mile from my house! And furthermore my nephew’s wife was one of the dancers (she does look like a high school girl too, although I think she’s about 20.) So I guess I may have to see it just for those two reasons.

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ttfn300 October 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

oh no, quite a different movie indeed!! but… worth a little chuckle :)

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Karen October 29, 2008 at 9:15 am

I loved the movie. I cried at the end. And I am proud of it.

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Evie October 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm

This cracked me up! I’m glad you were able to figure it out before the kids saw anything too gross! What is up with the creepy torture-porn trend anyway?

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The Neighbor (Wife) October 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

That was funny! I thought they were weird previews. And yes, I thought it was just okay. I like the first one the best. But, for kids it’s great!

I love the picture. Seeing them in the movie theater giggling over the movie. I looked at them and can’t believe how big they are getting. They looked like two teeny boppers sitting there.

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Darius T. Williams October 29, 2008 at 9:48 pm

You know…I think I need to see what the hype is all about regarding this movie…really – lol.

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Cate October 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

Sarah – exactly! We all need a little total escapism!

Darius – I think you must.

The Neighbor Wife – they were too cute for words. :)

Evie – next time? trust instincts. ;)

Karen – no way! Me too! Not cry, but definitely felt myself getting choked up. ;)

Kalyn – oh man, Nicholas would have me there every day if he knew that – how fun!

ttfn – definitely good for a laugh later.

Maris – oh my – too funny! and what a great memory. :)

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Jenny October 30, 2008 at 5:28 am

My 9 year old both does and does not want to see this. Nine is a wierd age – he likes the first two and the music, but as a 9 year old boy, does not want anyone to know he likes it as it would be emberassing for him. He’ll see it eventually but for now as opted out of the the theater.
Great that Nicolas had such a good time though.

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