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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

Sunday School Musical (review)

Oh, for shame! How Christian is theft? Not very — isn’t one of their Big Rules against it? But what do I, a heathen atheist, know about these things? All I do know is that this direct-to-DVD flick is a bald-faced attempt to latch onto the phenom that is High School Musical and water it down even more for everyone who frets that the Muskeeteerish, white-bread mildness of the couldn’t-be-more-Disney Disney franchise is somehow racy and immoral and indicative of the downfall of humanity. It’s tough to decide which is the most outrageously offensive aspect of this cheap knockoff: the insipid and obvious songs, the almost conflict-free plot (it involves rival “gangs” of religious choirs who immediately team up for mutual betterment and cookies and because that’s what Jesus would do), the depiction of Christian education as consisting almost entirely of home ec and Bible studies, or the endless deployment of self-help New Testament clichés seemingly meant to undercut what teeny bit of drama is left, or the ideas that “family” entertainment must entirely toothless and “wholesome” means bland. Extras are reputed to include a making-of featurette, cast and crew commentary, a gag reel, and more, but were not available for review.

For shame:

MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb
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family/kids | musical | teen

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