24 Questions From My “High School Musical 2” Rewatch

by Buzz Street Times

How much time passes in this movie???

I recently had a grand old time watching High School Musical as an adult, and I left the movie with a lot of questions. So I decided to watch High School Musical 2 and see what questions arise from the magnificent sequel.

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Now that I’ve watched it and I’m writing this intro, please assume I am outraged by Sharpay’s behavior with Troy throughout the movie. It’s not okay how much she invades his space and how she essentially manipulates him into spending time with her. He’s not interested, Sharpay. Respect him.


How is Jason asleep so quickly after asking Ms. Darbus a question? He wakes up briefly when “What Time Is It?” starts, but he’s just asleep immediately.


Why does Troy think the T necklace he gives Gabriella is a nice thing to gift? It’s sooooo weird and bad. “Here, have my initial right there on you.”

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But Gabriella loves the necklace so, you know, he knows her well, I guess.


Troy’s ringtone is an instrumental version of “Get’cha Head in the Game.” This raises so many questions, but I’ll leave it at this starting point: Does he know he sang that song?

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Also, Troy answers the phone and says, “Talk to me” – because sure — and his mom walks in with a bunch of groceries — because she’s a mom so she must have groceries.


Sharpay’s license plate just says “Fabulus” and nothing else. No state or anything. How was that allowed?


Now we’re into “Fabulous.” How does Ryan move around so much so speedily?


I cannot believe the gall of Troy to request that all of his friends be hired at the country club as well as him. In what world is that a thing in any situation, but especially when he really wants a job?

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This does not apply to Kelsi, who we know is there to play piano.


Why is everyone like “this boss is horrible” when he’s only a medium-to-large sized jerk in his tone and his point is completely reasonable?

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And two free meals a day are included in this job. That’s awesome.


This is not the first time I’ve thought about this one. How does Troy physically write “Let’s Go” on his pad? He’d have to have written backwards and, as I’ve now realized for the first time, on the other side of the paper.


Why is the pool towel hamper through the kitchen? If Gabriella’s choosing to walk that way, come on, Gabriella, think of the germs.


So this is much less pressing than the Troy’s Ringtone Conundrum, but why does Troy quote songs from the movies? It makes it seem like they all know the musical numbers happen. None of them look at Troy like, “that was convoluted.”

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This is not the only instance of this sort of “wordplay.”


This university conversation is wild. How many times have Sharpay’s dad and his friend done stuff like this that they feel comfortable talking about it so overtly?

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It’s uncomfortable how real this let’s-finesse-you-into-college conversation feels, lol.


Okay so, Disney+ has the version of the movie with “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”, a deleted scene from the original. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this full version. The scene is very disrespectful of cultures that Sharpay and Ryan have no business attempting to essentially imitate. (The images below are only some of it.) Why does Sharpay think this is fine?

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It’s so random and so long and so bad. Oh, and Sharpay and Ryan got ready for this faster than humanly possible. They were just at the dinner with Troy.


Everyone arrives at the idea that Troy spending time with rich people and college basketball players is fundamentally changing who he is as a person so soon… Actually, how much time has passed?

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I can’t believe they’re all mad at Troy right now. Like yeah, he’s being somewhat, kind of an asshat, but he’s working for his future.


Did Gabriella plan to ask Ryan to direct the staff’s part of the talent show? Because this whole “Ryan will plan our show” thing is out of nowhere. I would hate if that’s why she invited him to the classic “I Don’t Dance” baseball game.

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Look, when it comes to “I Don’t Dance,” I don’t have the wherewithal right now to go into the fact that Chad…does dance.


Are you serious, Troy? CHILL.


Alright, in this scene after Gabriella sings “Gotta Go My Own Way” and breaks up with Troy, Troy uses the phrase “this summer” in a way that sounds like, at minimum, a very substantial part of the season has gone by. But it feels like it’s been a week???


It’s “Bet On It” time. How is this what his reflection looks like? Who knows! Who cares! I love it.


Why is Troy more interested in what his friends think of him than a college scholarship? Troy, you can make up with your friends and get that scholarship.


RYAN IS WEARING FLIP-FLOPS. He is fully dressed with a freaking blazer and he’s wearing flip-flops. In a kitchen. Why is he wearing flip-flops right now?

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Also, I feel like Chad et al. forgive Troy so quickly when they were so mad. But, hey, sure.


Why does Sharpay have pictures of her “Bop to the Top” audition on her dressing room mirror? These are pictures of her — that someone took, who knows why — auditioning for a part she didn’t get. There were also pictures of “Bop to the Top” in the drama department section of the yearbook, which I similarly do not understand.

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Oh, and Sharpay says, “My show makes the captain of the Titanic look like he won the lottery.” Jesus Christ, Sharpay. People died.


Why are all these people at a country club talent show? You know, they must all just be the parents of the staff. That’s so casually sad.


No for real, how did Troy learn all the words to “Everyday” in, like, max 10 minutes? We saw him and Kelsi singing it for a second, and now he knows every word and the whole melody.

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To be fair, Gabriella and Troy do learn “What I’ve Been Looking For” in, like, two seconds in the first movie, and they know all the words to “You Are the Music In Me” within an instant earlier in this one. So this is fairly consistent.


How did Gabriella get her T necklace back? She gave it back to Troy when she broke up with him, and now she miraculously has it again.


And finally, in “All for One,” they sing, “The summer that we wanted, yeah, we finally got it, now’s the time we get to share,” / “Our real summer has just begun,” / “Summertime together, now we’re even closer,” and, “This is where our summer really begins.” How much time has paaaasseedd????

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Also, Sharpay and Ryan are somehow at this staff party.

I have 40 more questions about this movie (that’s actually how many I’ve edited out because this cannot be that long), but I’ll leave it here for now. Godspeed, Wildcats.

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