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:~: Thursday, October 30, 2008 :~:


How many of you had to suffer through watch this movie? I have a "tween"...she's nine....and she's in love with this series. Needless to say, I was stuck in a theatre on Sunday.

Twenty seconds into the first scene where the basketball jocks all break out into song during the middle of the championship basketball game, I leaned over to my daughter and said, "It's a good thing your dad isn't here." She ignored me. My six year old son, however, who went with us because he foolishly figured ANY movie with popcorn had to be better than staying home, couldn't agree more. He sat through the 2 hr movie with a frightened look on his face. And when it was over and we walked out of the theatre, his only comment was, "Mom? Next time *I* get to pick the movie, okay?" I called my hubby on the way home and told him he has nothing to worry about...his son is ALL boy.

There were some good things, don't get me wrong. Though both of the first two movies in this "trilogy" were on TV, I never watched them all the way through, so this was my first time with the cast of HSM. I will admit that I did enjoy some of the dance numbers, and the romance between the two main characters was "sweet" (although very unrealistic...what 17 yr old boy do you know hides out in a treehouse with his girlfriend and DOESN'T put the moves on her???). And I like that it's opened up my kids eyes to the idea of the arts. But as a parent, I kept thinking about how I'd have to discuss with my daughter the reality that real-life high school isn't like this. Million dollar high schools with top of the line EVERYTHING (I've never seen a roof like that in my life!), dancing in the halls, double lockers and students dressed by Gucci don't exist. At least not where we live. And sure enough, as we were leaving the theatre and before I could even utter a word, my daughter announced, "I can't wait for high school!"

I'd much rather my daughter watch something wholesome like this rather than some of the other crap that's out there, but I'm really glad this is (hopefully) the last movie and I don't have to suffer through watch it again. At least until it comes out on video. Oh boy...



Blogger AliceAnderson said...

You know, I have yet to see any of the 3. *gasp* I'm behind the times, I know. But there are so many books in my TBR pile... :) Which reminds me, i need to update my goodreads account.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Kendra said...

I've seen HSM2 countless times, but the first movie only once. I found them charming. People have called them the "Grease" for this generation. I don't get that. My memories of Grease include smoking, a girl who thinks she's pregnant, bare moons, and a freaky dude with the worst acne scars in history. I loved it, though.

I'd rather have my kids watch HSM. Maybe we'll get to #3 next week.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I'm so with you, Alice. Had I not been dragged to this movie...

(My daughter better never pull the "My mom doesn't love me" card.)

8:53 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

You'll have to tell me what you think of #3 compared to the others, Kendra.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Juliana Stone said...

OMG Kristen is 9 as well and it was tragic to her that I didn't pull her from school early on friday to go see it opening day! Some of her friends did just that! Honestly, like I would pull her from school to go see a movie...and no we haven't gone yet, but she has a no school on friday so I told her I'd take her...kinda dreading it really. We went to HSM on ice and it wasn't bad but....sigh....maybe I'll take a flashlight and the rest of your book to read!!!!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

LOL, Juliana. The things our kids think are important.

Too bad the theatres round here don't sell alcohol for the parents. That might have made it more fun for me. ;)

4:47 PM  

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