A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain not educate.
Plenty of positive messages throughout including the importance of being yourself, facing your fears, and having an open mind. Also sticking together and supporting each other through challenging times.
Positive Role Models
Zenon is brave, self confident, and determined -- though occasionally reckless. She inspires confidence in other people, but also feels the pressure of everyone expecting her to be fun and have all the answers.
Violence & Scariness
One scary scene when characters find themselves stuck in space with no fuel, and panic sets in.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zenon: The Zequel is a harmless space caper -- and sequel to Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century -- in which characterful teenage girls show courage and determination. The value of friendship and the importance of sticking together are key messages and Zenon is feisty and inspiring yet fairly relatable. With no violence, very little peril, and zero bad language, sex, drugs, or drinking, it's a safe watch for all ages. Overall the movie lacks depth, however, with an implausible set-up and corny storylines. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Much like Zenon: Girl of the 21stCentury -- the first installment of what became a Disney TV trilogy -- this space adventure sequel gets off to a slow start. The contrived storyline and mediocre script make the first 30 minutes drag, but things pick up in the second half as our plucky protagonist settles in to her quest. Zenon is just about likable enough (tweens will no doubt be drawn to her, while teens are gritting their teeth) and the story is entertaining despite its corniness.
Part of the charm of the first movie was the tongue-in-cheek predictions of what the future might look like, and it's a shame the opportunity has been largely missed here -- although there is an almost prophetic reference to "the stock market crash of 2006." We still have amusing space-age tech like ZapPads and V-Mail, and it's good to see the stress helmet has had an upgrade. But on the whole this vision of the future is pretty cringe-worthy. The feisty teenage role models and positive messages around inclusivity and teamwork are Zenon: The Zequel's few redeeming qualities.
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