30 June 2014

Movie Review: "Zapped"

Rated: TV-G
Starring: Zendaya, Chanelle Peloso, Spencer Boldman, and Adam DiMarco
Released: June 27, 2014 (Disney Channel premiere)
Zoey Stevens' (Zendaya, Shake It Up) life has changed completely.  Her once-widowed mother married a single father...of four sons.  Not only does she have to start attending a new school, but her new brothers are messy ruffians who do nothing but disgust her.  She finds solace in her new-found friendship with the family dog, and finds an app for her smartphone that causes her canine companion to obey her every word.  After a mishap with her phone, the same app makes any human of the male species do exactly as she says.  At first, she loves how polite and clean the boys become...but, things quickly go awry.  Will Zoey be able to undo what she has done?
Also starring Chanelle Peloso (Incredible Crew) and Adam DiMarco (Radio Rebel).

The Good
For one, the acting.  Zendaya and Chanelle Peloso--the latter of whom I am interested in finding out more about--did amazingly well, as did the guys, who were required to act oddly, but did it naturally...if that makes sense.  Even the more serious scenes were greatly portrayed.  Also, the clean content--no profanity, no sex, no drug usage, etc.--may be usual fare for the network, but it definitely made it fun.  Having bloopers at the end and a song on the soundtrack by Zendaya herself was a nice touch.

The Bad
There's really only one serious complaint: The movie did feel a bit long, and many viewers may have trouble sitting through repeated viewings.  A lesser issue was the usage of the euphemism, "What the...?" in one scene.

Disney Channel Original Movies tend to be entertaining and fun...but, in my opinion, only worth watching once.  This is one such case; though I enjoyed it, I doubt I'll be buying on on DVD or from iTunes, assuming it becomes available in either format.  If you're a fan of the big Z--that is, Zendaya--you might want to watch this on TV before deciding to purchase it.  It's great, but...not that great, if you know what I mean.

Score: 3.5/5

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