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.