Director Scott Speer seems to understand what makes a film like High School Musical so popular and adds in a sense of quality and humour

Status Update is an astonishingly bizarre take on the classic teen movie with all of its signs pointing towards tiresome cliched filmmaking, but its actual final edit coming across as both enjoyable and fun.

Kyle (Ross Lynch) is seriously unpopular at his new school after making a bad first impression. But when his phone breaks, a pop-up shop owner in the local mall gives him a brand new model with an app called Universe. An app that gives him the ability to do anything. Maybe even win the heart of his new classmate Dani (Olivia Holt).

Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a great film, but director Scott Speer seems to understand what makes a film like High School Musical so popular, and adds in a sense of quality and humour. It’s shot with an incredibly clear camera for its budget, its script is not the dull mess that teens seem to lap up without hesitation and its lead performances have some sense of an emotional range about them.

It still feels like a Disney movie, but there’s a sense of pride and seriousness about it. Its counterparts are often so bad, they probably make Status Update look far better than it actually is, but it still deserves praise for that, and it is duly handed out.

3/5

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