Momlogic's Yvette: Now, I've never fancied myself a cougar. Younger men just don't do it for me. But then I took my daughter to HSM3 ... and everything changed.
So there I was, sitting in a darkened movie theater as "High School Musical 3" played on the big screen. I have to admit, I cursed Disney all the way to the show -- I mean come on, did they really have to release it in theaters? I kind of liked the way HSM1 and 2 were ready and waiting at a moment's notice at home. If the kids got bored or acted up -- click -- with the touch of a button my seven-year-old was good for one and a half hours of mindless (and for the most part chaste) entertainment.
But no, the suits at Disney got greedy and thought it would be a good idea to make moms drag their butts out of the house on the weekends so their little ones can find out what happens to Troy, Gabriella and the gang. What, are they getting a cut of the popcorn sales or something? It just didn't seem right to me.
Now while the kids were fully enthralled and in love with every single moment, song and costume change of the film ... not so much for the moms. As our kids sat, fascinated by Sharpay's schemes, my friend Bonnie and I couldn't stop whispering about her nose job. "What do you think?" "I like the old one better." "She looked prettier before," we ping ponged over popcorn. I mean, what else were we to do? With no plot, laughable dialogue and some really bad wardrobe choices, we moms had to find a way to entertain ourselves, right?
But then, it happened -- Zac flashed his biceps and Corbin flashed his adorable smile and Bonnie and I both looked at each other and asked the million dollar "High School Musical" question -- "When did they get hot?"
Seriously, when did this happen? What happened to the cute little kids who danced and pranced in our living rooms for the past few years? Sure, they always looked cute dribbling their little basketballs and twirling the girls around as they sang about the big game or the big show or whatever big dilemma they faced which would cause them to break into song like some snappy show tune type of spontaneous combustion or something. But kiddie crushes are not supposed to have hot bods -- and by no means are they mean to have full blown guns which they flash at every opportunity causing the kids (and moms) to swoon.
Bonnie and I looked at each other and laughed at our little crushes -- she's into Zac while I think Corbin's the real cutie -- but we also felt kinda gross about it. I mean ewww ... we're old enough to be their mothers. We shouldn't be looking at them like that. We shouldn't be having these thoughts ... but you have to admit, it's better than obsessing over Ashley Tisdale's nose job for 90 minutes.
As I left the theater, I thought about those Disney execs one more time ... maybe they knew what they were doing after all. Maybe flashing those little hotties on the big screen for all to see is their way of thanking the moms for their support all these years. I'm still not sold on that theory all together, but that said, don't be surprised if you take your kids to see HSM3 and you see some grown women sitting in the theatre without their kids. Troy and Chad may be Wildcats -- but there are an awful lot of cougars out there as well.