Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure: A Review

I have to admit that I'm not a fan of Sharpay (back in the High School Musical context) but Second Born really wanted to see this movie and so I was glad to review it when Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure was available.

Some info about the movie from IMDB: Sharpay Evans travels to New York where she is pursuing a Broadway career but it's her dog who lands an acting gig first. Director: Michael Lembeck Writers: Robert Horn, Peter Barsocchini (characters) Stars: Ashley Tisdale, Austin Butler and Cameron Goodman. (90 mins)

To celebrate Disney's new Sharpay movie, Second Born invited two of her friends over to eat banana splits and watch it.  I was surprised at how the 7-9 yr old set were fairly savvy movie critics!  They could tell when a romantic moment or a twist in the plot was coming up.

First I want to talk about what works in the movie.  Sharpay is still a flawed, self-centered character and Ashley Tisdale's performance reflects that well.  Boi's subplot and performance were fresh and engaging.  The spoken dialogue of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is pretty snappy which is something I appreciate in films especially when there is no accompanying vulgarity (this movie is rated G, peeps!).  Plus the songs were great!

That said, the plot of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure is fairly predictable for a girl's rite of passage film.  I was surprised at how quickly Sharpay got used to being a subordinate (not saying how!)--it didn't feel like a convincing character transformation.  And the ending was predictable as well.

Even with those flaws, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure was a great movie for girls, reinforcing how one should reach for her dream and stay true to herself all the way.  This film is a frothy, pink 90 minute girl-power-fest that parents can feel comfortable sharing with their tween daughters.  Although Sharpay is as high maintenance as ever, her willingness to work hard for her dream is a great example for girls.

Here is a clip from Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure to whet your appetite for the movie:

Disney Movie Rewards currently has a $8 off coupon for the Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Combo Pack HERE.

I was compensated for this post although I did receive a free copy of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure to facilitate this review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.


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