When the Nickelodeon present “Zoey 101” ended its four-season run, in 2008, Zoey (Jamie Lynn Spears) lastly obtained along with Chase (Sean Flynn), placing a fairy story ending on a will-they-or-won’t-they relationship that fascinated a big slice of early-2000s tweens. A decade and a half later, in “Zoey 102,” a movie-length sequel to (and replace of) the present, the 2 have develop into estranged. Years earlier than, Zoey ghosted Chase throughout a visit to Hawaii.
But the largest shock of this serviceable revival, directed by Nancy Hower (the present was created by Dan Schneider), is that Zoey has develop into a little bit of a washed-up has-been. She was once the gorgeous, widespread focus at Pacific Coast Academy, the place the unique present was set; now, she’s an overworked tv producer flailing in her love life. Zoey is pressured to see a lot of her outdated pals once more on the wedding ceremony of Quinn (Erin Sanders) and Logan (Matthew Underwood), the topics of a B-plot romance within the authentic present. To impress Chase, Zoey hires a person (Dean Geyer) to pose as her boyfriend.
It’s not a simple job to make a film out of a children’ present from a bygone period, however the movie does a comparatively clean job of dipping into — however not overdoing — the nostalgia and retaining the lighthearted, wacky tone that was the present’s signature. It helps that the solid members, now older, are higher performers. Even when there’s a ceiling to how a lot may be achieved right here, returning followers wanting a reminder of their youths will get simply sufficient of what they got here for.
Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour 41 minutes. Watch on Paramount+.