On Friday night we invited a bunch of friends over for what just might have been the actual premier event of High School Musical 2 in Russia. HSM 1 still hasn't arrived here, so the bootleggers haven't bothered to illegally obtain the sequel before the December 11th dvd release of the sequel in the USA. I think the movie is so uniquely American that the average Russian just wouldn't "get" it--so it has never been dubbed here. (This is quite surprising, though, considering that the movie has been a PHENOMENON in Japan, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Australia and Argentina--and I'm sure my list isn't complete).
A very clever acquaintance of mine was able to get us a copy of the movie off of the internet, endearing him forever to the giggly group of girls above. (None of us had been able to see the movie when it premiered in the USA on August 19th and the girls had been resigned to having to wait until Christmas time).
We had popcorn, pretzels, cookies, muffins, soda pop (one mom even brought some cans of "Big Red"--the quintessential Texas soft drink--that were immediately snagged by fellow southerners), iced tea (a featured drink in the movie) and pizzas were delivered mid-movie. This being Russia, the moms then had cappuccinos and truffles for dessert (everything is fancier here). Getting pizzas delivered was actually a big deal for my girls; I can count on one hand the number of times we've had take-out or delivery in the past three years. It's too hard to park to bother with take-out--by the time you'd get it home, it's cold and yucky. It's not convenient at all, so there's no point. As for delivery, it also arrives stone-cold and delivery time can vary by three hours (or more!). Delivery service is much better in the city's center, though--offices routinely get lunch and dinner delivered and it works very well. If it didn't, Chris would have starved by now!
The moms were just as eager to see what happened in the movie; we all sat behind the girls and had fun watching both the movie and our kids' delight. It was so incredibly cheese-y, but still a lot of fun. I don't think any of us had expected it to be as good as the first movie, so no one was disappointed.
Half of the fun of the party was simply anticipating it; Katya and her friends were so excited. It was also fun planning some decorations. I particularly liked the "Gabrielle + Troy" on the bathroom mirror where "Sharpay" (I'm sure it was her...) had crossed out "Gabriella" and written in her own name in pink lipstick (well, pink bath crayon...).