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Disney Channel Originals (ZENON: GIRL OF THE CENTURY 1999)

Updated: May 20, 2020

Rating: B-


As an 18-year-old who was born in 2001, this particular Disney channel original is so out of my age range; I haven't had the pleasure of watching it. I bet the 1990s babies were ecstatic because of the outer space setting along with the cool outfits the peeps had on. This movie is about JoJo Siwa’s look-alike misbehaving yet smart mom who suffers the “consequences” of being a rebel. The terminology bothers me so much. I'm sorry to whoever enjoys their language, but it's kinda cringy. In the first half of the movie, I didn't think there would be any romance included. But if you think about it, would it even be a Disney creation if it didn’t have love? For a 1990s movie… not bad. My youngen brain is just stuck in the late 2000s! 


I REALLY didn’t like Zenon’s girl bully (I forgot her name). Anyways, she just reminds me of the stuck up insecure girls that comes with every grade of school. You all know who I'm talking about. This girl wants all the boys to love her and fall head over heels for the rich things she has. That's not why people have crushes, sweetie!! My favorite character was the aunt. I honestly thought she should’ve been the mom because her looks are very similar to Zenon. Her mom or dad doesn’t even have blond hair, what the heck! The aunt makes me want to be related to her in some way. She tried extremely hard to be involved with Zenon’s life by striking up a conversation, and it’s so cute. Her laugh and jokes also crack me up. At first, they didn't have a good relationship, but the aunt is just hard NOT to like.

Fun facts/Phrases

  • Zedis lapedis”! – oh my god, holy crap, what the heck

  • “Alpha Major”- A lot, big time, an enormous amount 

  • They used iPads in the film but just had cases on them to look different

  • Characters refer to the president as another Clinton, yet she's female… Hooray for a change!

Take Away

My favorite (for some reason) part is when Gregory was staring at Zenon NON. STOP. They probably hired him just because he’s comfortable with keeping eye contact for that long. I even got uncomfortable just watching him in the background while the aunt was rambling.  The message this movie gave the audience was to be grateful for what you have and follow your gut. Those are two separate morals, by the way. Zenon was never satisfied with how her life was and always became distracted by things going on in the moment. What she really needed was to be “in the now” and have fun with the current activity. I have a problem with following my gut ESPECIALLY on tests “Zedis Lapedis"!! (I just cringed so hard saying that, but I had to). Zenon does a great job following her gut instinct and ends up saving the day. What a classic Disney channel movie!  

Hi everyone! The writer of this blog is Cyan Fuehr. She is currently a freshman at CWU who’s planning on majoring in Business administration/marketing and minoring in nutrition + entrepreneurship. Cyan has a huge passion for music, nature, volleyball, working out, and dogs. We hope you have a wonderful day! :)


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