Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Confessions of an old lady


How do I admit this? Should I admit this?
Okay...I'm going to admit this.

I watched HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2.

Okay, my head is hanging low. But, it's true...I watched every last mousketeery, hokey, over-acted moment of the thing.

Why, you ask? Well, I asked myself the same question. Over and over for 2 hours... while I sat glued to the television (well, except for the time I had to get up and refill the ice cream bowl).

What was so appealing to this almost 52 year old, flashingly menopausal woman that allowed me to give up 2 hours on a Friday night to dedicate to this Disney mega hit?

And, I don't have the excuse of young, Zac Efron-dedicated, crazed little girls forcing me to sit and watch with them.

While I watched the movie though, I noticed I had a smile on my face. I noticed that I wanted to sing along. I noticed that the lead girl, Vanessa (I think), is the 2007 version of Annette Funicello (anyone else notice that?). Zac Efron is a dead-ringer for David Cassidy. No wonder hearts are swooning over him.

These kids are such a ridiculous throw-back to a time long forgotten...that you just can't get enough. Sounds ironic? I think that's exactly what makes this so appealing.

The characters are just pure, and clean, and likable...and hey, who DOESN'T want to throw a musical extravaganza? I mean...really.

Who doesn't want to watch the most gorgeous boy and girl fall in love, and almost kiss at least five different times, sing in perfect harmony, and all the while spending their summer raising money to go to college?

The music, the dancing, the clothes, all a reminder of simpler times gone by.

Maybe it was 2 hours away from Lindsay, Paris, and Britney. Maybe it was 2 hours away from the sad realities of war, drunken celebutantes and low-life politics.

I can't say it was 2 hours of the best cinematic entertainment I've ever seen.

But, maybe, once in awhile, it's good for the soul to be transported back to a time filled with innocence, sweetness, the value of friendship, and puppy love.

11 comments:

Neil said...

My god... is this a post from you?

Mata Hari said...

That is so funny! I had watched the first High School Musical - before I knew it was a hit...or before it became a hit....and I asked myself why I was watching a kid's movie? Now I feel better.

cruisin-mom said...

Neil: it's really me...surprise!

M.H.: glad I could make you feel better!

torontopearl said...

Yay...you're really here!

My daughter was so upset not to be able to watch HSM 2 -- it was Friday p.m. and we didn't know how to set to record it! It was on again Sunday afternoon, but I was not going to pass up a gorgeous Toronto day for her to be home at 1 p.m. and watch a TV show.

In the back-to-school displays for clothes and paraphernalia, HSM2 RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wendy said...

You're brave to admit it publicly :)

True confessions. I watched it too. And I saw the first one. And the jump-ropey one. Admittedly, I have kids in the target audience, but still... I did like them all. What's wrong with a little feel good escape?

Jack's Shack said...

Just when you think that she is gone she comes back...again. ;)

Sweettooth120 said...

I know what possessed you, it was my previous post on HSM. The one about how cute it was to hear my daughter, her friends, my son and his friends, all singing along to the cd.

Yep, that must have done it for you.

Got to admit it though, none of us have seen HSM 2 yet. My daughter is so darn obsessed with Hannah Montana. Man if I hear "It's the best of both worlds" one more time...!!!

BTW, glad to see you around sweetie.

Ezer K'negdo said...

We don't have cable/satellite AND it was on a Friday night; we had my dad tape it and the second, I mean the SECOND shabbat went out, my kids dashed for the TV/VCR (my dad was kind enough to bring it by during the day). We all watched it, having loved HMS #1. And cheesey and over-dramatized is fun - as long as we're admitting things, we love Barry Manilow too :-)

Ezer K'negdo said...

ps: nice to see your post! hope all is well.

cruisin-mom said...

T.P.: it's nice to be here! I miss daily blogging.

Wendy: so glad to hear you watched it too!

Jack: kind of Michael Corleone in G.F.3...just when I thought I was out......

S.T.: It was definitely your post that inspired me to watch...really, I mean that. So glad I don't have to watch Hanna Montana...she is hard to take.

E.K.: good to see you too! And, of course, I love Barry Manilow (I first saw him in concert with Bette Midler in 1973 when he was just her piano player!).

Val said...

A post - YAY! ;)

And though I must admit I watched it cuz of my daughter, I actually liked it too!

Hope to see more posts - even if you have to make admissions like this!
And I, too, like Barry Manilow!