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.
This movie is a rather tired one with the same old "girl goes to Broadway to become a star" theme. Sharpay ends up working for a conniving star who just uses her to get her way. The plot is average and Ashley Tisdale's performance is rather hampered by her not playing the villain. Her romance with Peyton (Austin Butler) is really the only thing that keeps the movie (and tweens) going.
There are some moments that will remind you of HSM, like her meeting up with her brother, Ryan (Lucas Grabeel). The moments that remind you of HSM show you that they really should've opted out of this spin-off after all.