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The Secret Life of Zoey (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 19 August 2002
The Secret Life of Zoey depicts the events that took place in Zoey Carter's life...

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Robert Mandel

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Betty Goldberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Farrow ... Marcia
Julia Whelan ... Zoey
Cliff De Young ... Larry (as Cliff DeYoung)
Andrew McCarthy ... Mike Harper
Caroline Aaron ... Mimi
Katharine Isabelle ... Kayla
Michael Coristine Michael Coristine ... Ron
Julie Patzwald Julie Patzwald ... Julia
Stephen E. Miller ... Ian (as Stephen Miller)
Walter Marsh ... Smokey
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Cora
Betty Linde ... Mrs. Cardona
Paige Christina Paige Christina ... Jan (as Paige Heuser)
David Kopp ... Marty
Emily Holmes ... Joan
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Marcia Carter thought her daughter was perfect mainly because she brought home good grades, and occasionally does volunteer work. What Marcia doesn't know, is that Zoey has been taking large amounts of her mothers medicine. Her mother then gets suspicious after Zoey passes out in the car, and after she fails a simple test. Marcia searches Zoey's backpack, and finds massive amounts of pills. She consults the local pharmacy about the pills, and the pharmacy indicates that the pills can be very lethal if mixed together. Marcia is then devastated, so she send Zoey to a rehab center. Zoey tells her parents that she is okay, but she really isn't. Zoey begins to take the drugs again, and as the story progresses, Zoey gets sicker, and sicker each day until she collapses right in front of her mother. Zoey is rushed to the hospital, and then thrown into another rehab center, this time, she cant get out unless she gets better. While in rehab, Zoey befriends another woman who has taken drugs. The... Written by Uber Minion

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She thought she knew everything about her daughter. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for drug use and related issues | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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On the Edge See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Worth watching...
27 November 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Julia Whalen as Zooey, a young girl who gets caught up in drugs. ..."everyone has them, Mom"..., she tells her mother (Mia Farrow) they help me study, then when I need to crash, after taking an exam.

What is good about this film is it does not sugar-coat or deny the reality. Zooey ends up in the ER; her mother finally realizes the extent of her daughter's problem.

Cliff DeYoung, a familiar face as the father, who is ineffectual. His daughter stays over one night, when he has some anonymous girlfriend over. He and Farrow are divorced; he tries to placate his daughter. After being grounded without driving or cell phone privileges, her father buys her a new cell phone she can use it in her car.

This film adequately shows the predicament parents have today; while not wanting to be the "bad guy" some parents may overcompensate and give the kid whatever he or she wants; this is no solution either.

Julia Whelan is very good as Zooey, not overplayed; just another kid wanting to fit in with friends, at first. This film shows that this is a very serious problem, with no easy solutions. 8/10.


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