WHAT I LIKED: Surprisingly enough, with a story about balancing your aspirations with your values and relationships as you grow up, the team behind the first movie found a new message to base 'High School Musical 2' around. That results in some new chatacter conflicts - particularly between Troy (Zac Efron) who's being beckoned by rich-girl Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) to future college opportunities, and his girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) who wants to focus on their last summer together before the big scary adulthood.
That's engaging to a certain extent, and it's of course brought to life with all - if not more - of the campy glitz that its predecessor is so famous for.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It doesn't have the lovely message of its predecessor, and it far too often gets distracted by the opportunities its larger budget now allows for.
VERDICT: 'High School Musical 2,' is more of the campy same with a slightly-less-good story and a bit more razzle-dazzle.