When I say that I never watched a second of any High School Musical movie, I’m not trying to sound cool. I’m just being honest.
If I ever want to see a musical, I’ll watch The Sound of Music or Singin’ in the Rain. Or I’ll just go to Broadway. But a bunch of young adults pretending they’re still in high school singing cheesy pop songs? No thanks. It’s the same reason why I’ve never seen more than a couple of episodes of Glee.
Yes, I have seen a couple of episodes of Glee, and I do regret it.
So Zac Efron really never meant much to me in life. I get that he’s a good-looking guy who appeals to the same girls who love Justin Bieber, but that’s exactly the type of thing that will make me avoid somebody.
But then my opinion on Mr. Efron started to change a little bit between the years of 2007 and 2009. No, those weren’t my experimental gay years, but the span in which he starred in two movies I enjoyed: Hairspray (2007) and 17 Again (2009).
The former is a remake of a classic musical, and the latter was a contemporary take of a commonly recycled story where a man gets to go back to his teenage years to redo his life, and, inevitably, realize what truly is most important to him. Though the two stories were completely unoriginal — one being a remake and the other being a concept that basically started in 1946 with It’s a Wonderful Life — both movies were enjoyable.
In Hairspray, Efron showcased his singing and dancing abilities to all those who missed out on High School Musical, and, in, 17 Again, while he was funny, I firmly believe it was simply the byproduct of an extremely funny script.
But since then, Efron has faded into irrelevance and has already been in and out of rehab. Basically, he’s another example of why nobody should become movie stars in their teenage years. It rarely works out.
This summer, however, it appears he’s about to have a career resurrection by virtue of his smartest career move yet — teaming up with Seth Rogen. May 9 is the release date of the pair’s upcoming film, Neighbors, which has been getting rave reviews — It has an 8.3 rating on IMDB, and a sparkling 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit after just 11 reviews.
Dave Franco — who’s still trying to become famous for something besides being the little brother of James Franco — is also in the movie, but let’s face it, Dave freaking Franco will never carry a movie himself.
The plot is simple: a fraternity moves next door to a couple with a newborn baby, played by Rogen and Rose Byrne of Bridesmaids fame. Chaos ensues.
Essentially, it’s Old School 2.0.
All signs are pointing to this movie being pretty good. For one, the trailer is hilarious.
But the outlying ramifications of the movie is that it may establish Zac Efron as a major comedic star. And is that something we really want? Is the world ready to embrace Zac Efron as an equal with the likes of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill?
It’s bad enough that we’ve been forced to accept Channing Tatum as a comedian, but I just think adding Zac Efron to the mix is a little too much.
However, I may just be jealous because it would confirm his ability to sing, dance and be funny.
I may have humor going for me, but I sure as hell can’t sing, and I’ve danced in front of my mirror when nobody was home, and it’s not pretty.
Damn you Efron.