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Zenon: The Zequel

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Unsophisticated space caper sequel has positive role models.

Movie NR 2001 89 minutes
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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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