My niece got the dvd as a birthday gift and really wanted me to watch it with her. It turned out to be neither as good nor as bad as people made it out to be. I think all the buzz I heard about the performances in this movie centered around Zac Efron. But the real surprise for me was Ashley Tisdale. Who knew she has such charisma and presence? I thought she rocked every scene she was in and my niece completely agreed with me that she is the one she would most like to be. Is it a generally accepted fact that Vanessa Hudgens is boring?