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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure

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HSM spin-off mixes pink finery with positive messages.
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  • Review Date: April 14, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

The learning lesson here is that making sacrifices to succeed is OK as long as you stay true to yourself. Don't lose sight of your goal. That said, perhaps too much emphasis is placed on stardom as the ultimate goal.

Positive role models

Sharpay may be full of herself and a desire for fame and expensive things -- overdone for comic effect -- but she's also very goal-oriented, and when she's hit with a big disappointment, she finds a way to make lemonade out of lemons. Her parents are overindulgent -- also for comic effect -- but they do set limits for their daughter when it's important. Roger and Sharpay work against each other at first, playing tricks to get their dog the Broadway role, but they find common ground in the end.

Violence & scariness

A Broadway star has a temper tantrum.

Sexy stuff

One kiss.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

As a High School Musical spin-off, this is part of a gigantic marketing machine fueled by Disney. Also, Sharpay loves her designerwear and handbags, naming a few brands along the way.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this High School Musical spin-off, which follows the character Sharpay after graduation, is what you'd expect from the squeaky-clean HSM factory. For parents who might have forgotten the details of HSM, Sharpay is a self-absorbed rich girl caricature, and even past graduation, she continues to drop names of designerwear and gets her daddy to pay for a whole month in NYC while she tries to make it big. But Sharpay grows up a lot here, realizing that she needs to balance making sacrifices to succeed with staying true to herself. She also overcomes disappointment in positive ways.

What's the story?

After Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and her dog, Boi, sing and dance for a local crowd, a casting agent gives her his card and says he'd like to see her in NYC -- a Broadway musical called A Girl's Best Friend needs a star. So of course she's going to pack her bags and take Daddy's money to the Big Apple to give it a shot -- but then Daddy only gives her one month to succeed. Sharpay is a vision of confidence in pink ... until she gets to the audition, only to find out that it's Boi they're after, not her. After overcoming disappointment, she figures this could still be her big break, especially if she gets in good with the temperamental star, Amber Lee Adams (Cameron Goodman). Enter Duchess, Boi's big competition, who has a precocious 12-year-old owner named Roger (Bradley Steven Perry) who will try just about anything -- dirty tricks included -- to get his dog the part.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

If young viewers thought Sharpay's rich-daddy's-girl antics were fun in High School Musical, seeing her try to make it in NYC will also be a treat. The super-cute pups making eyes at each other is a bonus. Sharpay's film school romantic interest (Austin Robert Butler) also helps keep her grounded in a sweet way.

That said, the songs aren't terribly memorable, and the plot is predictable and derivative -- for five minutes you'll even think you're watching The Devil Wears Prada, then A Star Is Born, with big scoops of Clueless and Legally Blonde mixed in. And just about every dog movie ever made. No matter. That's what a spin-off is all about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what drew them to this movie. Was it the High School Musical pedigree? The cute pooch? Now that it's A Star Is Born-type story instead of a high school story, is it as fun? What other High School Musical characters would you like to see after graduation?

  • Sharpay puts an opulent lifestyle on display here, wearing fabulous outfits and lots of pink. Does it make her character more appealing? Does it make the brands of clothes and bags she mentions more appealing?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 19, 2011
Cast:Ashley Tisdale, Austin Robert Butler, Bradley Steven Perry
Director:Michael Lembeck
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 5 and 9 year old Written byOfThePeople1776 August 27, 2012

NOT FOR YOUNG BOYS

ridiculous, the opening dance sequence portrays a young girl dancing in provocative ways not suitable for young boys to see, MTVesque swinging and humpin*. for girls only 14 and up, my 8 year old boy was present for the intro dance and it was uncomfortable, I couldn't believe i was watching Disney..then he said "she's se*y" and the tv went off and he went to his room.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byMamasense May 31, 2011
Teen, 17 years old Written byJerrQ March 20, 2015

Positive messages

This movie is probably one of the better Disney spinoff films, as it really develops the character of Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical trilogy, while also staying true to the way she is presented in the original movies. This time, though, Sharpay is definitely given more room to grow from being spoiled and pampered to being someone who is eventually able to let go of her insecurities and reach for her dreams. We know in the HSM movies that Sharpay is very involved in Theatre, and in this film we get to see her burning passion for being onstage. Ashley Tisdale does very well in capturing Sharpay's spirit and determination, and Austin Butler also does well as her encouraging friend Peyton, who eventually saves the day and aids in making Sharpay's dreams come true. The film is not perfect, but it does have some valuable lessons, such as the fact that people may not always be as they present themselves to be, as well as the power of determination.
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