by Alexa Young
|Written by||Dava Savel
|Directed by||Daisy von Scherler Mayer|
|Country of origin||United States
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Alloy Entertainment
Coin Flip Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||Disney Channel|
|Original release||January 13, 2012|
Frenemies is a 2012 teen drama television film and anthology based on the novel of the same name by Alexa Young premiered on Disney Channel. It features an ensemble cast starring Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Stefanie Scott, Nick Robinson, Mary Mouser and features Connor Price, Jascha Washington and Dylan Everett. The film follows three pairs of friends that go from friends to enemies and back again. The film was directed by Daisy Mayer and written by Dava Savel, Wendy Weiner, and Jim Krieg. The Disney Channel Original Movie premiered on January 13, 2012 in the United States and Canada.
The story takes place involving three intertwined stories told by friends who all go to the same school. The first story focuses on how a kid and a dog who are best friends become frenemies and how they become best friends again. The second story focuses on how two BFFs become total frenemies over a senior editor job. The third and final story focuses on two lookalikes who swap lives with each other, similar to The Prince and the Pauper.
Jake and Murray
The first story focuses on a science whiz teenage boy at Waterbury High School named Jake Logan (Nick Robinson) who is best friends with his dog, Murray (Winston). A popular girl named Julianne (Stefanie Scott) tries to come between them as she tries to get Murray out of her way as Murray sees right through her ruse. Determined to get another "A", she hatches a plan to get Murray out of her way for good. She steals Jake’s national prize certificate in molecular astrophysics from NASA, drenches it in her perfume, and drops it through the mail slot in Jake’s front door. Just like Julianne expected, Murray takes Jake’s NASA certificate into the bathroom and attempts to flush it. Jake, who is able to save his certificate, gets angry and yells at Murray to go away. Murray follows his command and runs away from home. A classmate named Savannah O'Neal (Mary Mouser), who loves to skate board, finds Murray and takes him to her house. The next day, Jake starts to worry that Murray might not return, but manages to finish his and Julianne's science project. At school, Jake attempts to dress cool to impress his classmates. But when he discovers Julianne's scheme, Jake refuses to give her the project. Savannah uses this opportunity to expose Julianne’s ruse of using "people" to get A’s which results in Julianne being caught. Murray runs in and knocks over Julianne and the science project. Although the project is destroyed, Jake is happy to see Murray and they become best friends again.
Avalon and Halley
The second story focuses on Avalon Greene (Bella Thorne) and Halley Brandon (Zendaya) who created a web magazine called "GeeklyChic." In the school library, Halley gets a call from her and Avalon's favorite New York City publishing company, Burns Publications, run by the stunning Cherie St. Claire (Jessalyn Wanlim). Halley thinks her older brother Kendall (Jascha Washington), who is into men's fashion, is playing a prank on her until she sees him doing a service project right out the window of the library and realizes she really has received a call from Cherie St. Claire. Cherie St. Claire invites them to go to the publishing company’s headquarters in the beautiful Manhattan, New York to ask them something that could change their lives. During the talk, Cherie St. Claire tells Avalon and Halley that she likes their web magazine and offers to buy it, but decides to only let one of them be the senior editor, because she believes that the quality of the writing will be better. Cherie St. Claire decides to let each of them write a cover article and will judge who wrote the best article as that writer will become the senior editor. At school, Avalon encounters with classmate Walker (Connor Price), who allows her to contact a French singer named Jean Frank. Now, the two girls decide to interview Jean after his first American sold-out concert which leads them to become frenemies. At the end, they decide that they will share the article. Cherie St. Claire becomes angry and decides not to hire either of them, because of their immaturity with the situation. The television show "Teens Now" picks up their article about Jean Frank changing his image as he was only posing as a singer from Paris, France. "Teens Now" also broadcasts their blog’s website for their audience to check out. Seeing that their web magazine has gone global on their hit counter map, Avalon and Halley make up as best friends again.
Savannah and Emma
The third and final story of the film focuses on Savannah O’Neal and Emma Reynolds-alter egos (both roles are played by Mary Mouser) who trade places because they each believe the other's life is better. Savannah is a tomboy who loves skateboarding and lives with her dad and three brothers. She has a crush on Jake Logan and attends Waterbury High School with Avalon, Halley, Jake, and Julianne. Emma is a rich girly-girl who goes to a private school. Thinking the other has the better life, they trade places (under the persuasion of Halley and Avalon) when they meet at the mall. They soon discover the other didn't have the glamorous life that they thought the other had. Emma (disguised as Savannah) gets a date with Jake and during the date Emma starts acting romantic, causing Savannah to get mad and say "That's (meaning Jake) my boyfriend!" which leads to Emma getting upset when she finds out that Savannah went out with Lance (Dylan Everett) who was Emma's previous boyfriend and the two start fighting and Savannah storms off. Later, at Emma's birthday ball, "Emma" (really Savannah) dumps Lance. The real Emma is overjoyed when she hears about this, because she had been trying to get rid of them ever since they started dating; however, she had never gotten the courage to do so. The girls forgive each other and switch lives once more. Pemberley surprises Emma with the birthday gift of a puppy and is its "Uncle Pemberley" now. Avalon and Halley then lead everyone in a lively dance to "Pose" (by Stefanie Scott) as the film ends.
- Bella Thorne as Avalon Greene
- Zendaya as Halley Brandon
- Mary Mouser as Savannah/Emma
- Nick Robinson as Jake
- Stefanie Scott as Julianne
- Connor Price as Walker
- Jascha Washington as Kendall Brandon
- Dylan Everett as Lance Lancaster
- Kathryn Greenwood as Lisa Logan
- Doug Murray as Roger O'Neal
- Clive Walton as Walt Reynolds
- Natalie Radford as Jacqueline Reynolds
- Jessalyn Wanlim as Cherie St. Claire
- Jesse Bostick as Emmett
- Julian Kennedy as Owen
Stefanie Scott and Carlon Jeffery - Pose
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|2013||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actor||Dylan Everett||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress||Bella Thorne||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress||Zendaya||Nominated|
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Worldwide the movie aired on Disney Channel. In Canada it premiered on January 13, 2012 and in the United Kingdom and Ireland it premiered on March 2, 2012. It aired in Australia and New Zealand on April 13, 2012, in South Africa on April 28, 2012, and in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia on June 4, 2012.
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