- The cast of “High School Musical” has been in a few movies that weren’t well-received by critics.
- Ashley Tisdale’s worst film is “Amateur Night” (2016), which has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Zac Efron’s film “New Year’s Eve” and Vanessa Hudgen’s film “Thunderbirds” didn’t impress critics.
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Although the stars of “HSM” have appeared in dozens of other films, not all of them have been as well-received as the Disney flick.
Here are some of the worst movies the “High School Musical” cast has been in:
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical scores were not included.
Ashley Tisdale – “Amateur Night” (2016)
She’d worked in the industry for years prior to her role in the Disney Channel film and went on to movies like “Scary Movie 5” (2013) and “Playing It Cool” (2014). But her 2016 comedy “Amateur Night” is her lowest-rated movie to date, according to critics.
The comedy film starred Tisdale alongside Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Janet Montgomery, and Bria Murphy.
Earning a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film focuses on an architecture student who mistakenly ends up with a job as a chauffeur for sex workers.
Zac Efron – “New Year’s Eve” (2011)
Zac Efron stole the hearts of teenagers everywhere as basketball-player-turned-musical-star Troy Bolton.
He went on to star in a variety of successful films, but critics didn’t really like his 2011 rom-com “New Year’s Eve.”
The segmented film follows a collection of strangers in New York City as they navigate their lives on New Year’s Eve.
Efron starred in the film as a delivery man who helps a woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) complete her New Year’s resolutions before midnight.
Despite having a star-studded cast, the film was dubbed “shallow, sappy, and dull” by critics.
Olesya Rulin – “Apart” (2012)
In the “HSM” films, Olesya Rulin played shy musical composer Kelsi Nielsen.
Outside of the Disney Channel franchise, Rulin has starred on many television shows such as Freeform’s “Greek,” PlayStation Network’s “Powers,” and CBS’s “SEAL Team.”
She’s also been in a few films, with the lowest-rated being 2012’s “Apart.”
The movie is a love story about two people who have a rare psychological condition, but critics said its plot was just too hard to understand.
Lucas Grabeel – “College Road Trip” (2008)
After starring as the fashionable and talented Ryan Evans in the “HSM” franchise, Lucas Grabeel has been in many films and has done voice work for shows like Disney’s “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” and Fox’s “Family Guy.”
In terms of movies, 2008’s “College Road Trip” is Grabeel’s lowest-rated project so far.
The film starred Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné as father and daughter on a hijinks-filled road trip. Grabeel played Scooter, a character who appeared only at the end of the movie.
Corbin Bleu – “Catch That Kid” (2004)
Corbin Bleu played Troy Bolton’s best friend and basketball teammate Chad Danforth in the “High School Musical” films.
After the first film, Bleu continued to work primarily on television shows like Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and Discovery Kids’ “Flight 29 Down.”
The actor has also appeared in some movies, but critics felt one of his worst ones was pre-“HSM.”
The 2004 film “Catch That Kid” featured Bleu alongside a young Kristen Stewart as kids who plan to rob a bank to help pay for her parent’s medical bills.
Critics called the pre-teen heist film “unimaginative” and “ridiculous,” which explains why it has a 13% rating.
Monique Coleman – “Free the Nipple” (2014)
Following her role as Gabriella’s friend, Taylor McKessie, Monique Coleman continued to appear on popular series like Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and Fox’s “Bones”
Her lowest-rated movie is 2014’s “Free the Nipple,” which featured her as Roz, an activist who bands together with other women to fight for their right to go topless.
Although the #FreeTheNipple movement made headlines in its effort to draw attention to gender inequality, critics felt the film of the same name was “painful to watch” and “shallow.”
Vanessa Hudgens – “Thunderbirds” (2004)
Vanessa Hudgens showed off her singing and dancing skills in “HSM” as Gabriella Montez.
After the Disney Channel film aired, she starred in various movies like “Beastly” (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), and “Machete Kills” (2013).
That said, Hudgens’ lowest-rated film to date was released a few years before “High School Musical.”
In 2004, she starred as Tintin in the British-American sci-fi film “Thunderbirds,” which was based on a TV series from the 1960s.
Chris Warren – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)
Chris Warren played baker and basketball player Zeke Baylor in the “High School Musical” franchise before starring on television shows like Freeform’s “The Fosters” and ABC’s “Grand Hotel.”
He also worked on a few films, including 2009’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
The CGI/live-action film turned out to be Warren’s least successful film in the eyes of critics, earning only a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Alyson Reed – “Skin Deep” (1989)
Alyson Reed had been working as an actress for decades prior to appearing as the teens’ drama teacher Ms. Darbus.
Although she’s worked on dozens of popular TV shows and movies, the 1989 comedy “Skin Deep” left critics disappointed.
The low-rated film starred Reed opposite John Ritter in a story about a man trying to win his wife back after she ends things due to his bad behaviour.