Vanessa Hudgens aims to move beyond her "High School Musical" image, and largely succeeds, in this familiar-feeling but enjoyable comedy-drama. A school newcomer (Gaelan Connell) inspires a novice rock band to shoot for big things ... particularly the championship in a showdown of amateur music groups. Hudgens plays the guitarist who appeals to the fellow, her group's new manager. David Bowie turns up as himself in a cast that also includes Lisa Kudrow and Alyson Michalka (of Aly & AJ fame). *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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