Sharpay's parents are fabulously rich. This affords her the very best accommodations in New York...until her best friend Boyd (an hilarious little Yorkshire Terrier) is non simpatico with the co-op board. Refusing to leave Boyd, Sharpay is escorted out of the building for refusing to adhere to co-op rules. She loses that incredible New York penthouse people who work for a living can only dream of. While waiting on the street with her glamorous possessions, Sharpay accomplished two important outcomes. One, she avoids being mugged, and two, she meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a friend of her family that has been sent to help her get acquainted with the Big Apple.
Peyton offers to help our damsel in distress. She begrudgingly accepts his offer to live next door in a studio apartment with appliances from WWI and even better, a Murphy Bed! Naturally this is too much for Sharpay's sensibilities but that is why out meet cute specialist and smitten NYU film student Peyton is the star of the show. He rescues Sharpay from making terrible decisions and all the while he films her journey from riches to rags...to...watch and find out people!
Characterizing Sharpay is an earnest challenge. She sings classical music as well as she does pop. On the one hand she is dim-witted and gullible but she is not without great heart and determination. All of her decisions are seconded by Boyd who consents or disapproves with a bark or a yelp. Her world is nearly crushed when the casting agent that had invited her to New York to audition for "A Girl and Her Best Friend" reveals the opening is not for an aspiring actress but for a talented dog. Granted, Boyd is one laughable little terrier, but to steal the spotlight is not what Sharpay had in mind. While feeling crestfallen, Body and the other canine up for the role of best friend fall in love. Amber Lee (Cameron Goodman) is scheduled to be the star of the show. She sees Sharpay's disappointment and manipulates her. Amber Lee can only be depicted as a wicked witch on stilettos.
While Sharpay is sorting out how to remain part of the production if not to become the featured actress, she must hide from daddykins that she is living in a studio apartment in the wrong part of town rather than in the luxurious penthouse he had prepared for her. Her life seems to be falling apart, but Peyton continues to dote on her and these trying experiences are not without valuable life lessons.
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure screams spoiled, sinister and stupid all the way. Yet for the pre-teen audience it makes perfect sense. Brattiness is sort of par for the course these days. Albeit clueless, Sharpay would never hurt a fly, instead she would ask someone to do it for her! I am not a fan of affluent spoiled teenagers but Sharpay is a sort of role model for today's young girls. She is chic, stylish and full of pizzazz. More importantly, Ashley Tisdale is one of the best singers in the world today. For me the fall from grace and being a billionairess is tried and trite, but for the younger girls it is thrilling and oh so cute! I highly recommend Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure for girls but I severely frown upon it for men because they might get the wrong impression, that all girls re like Sarah Jessica Parker (spoiled, oblivious to reality, and a princess in her own mind).
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