|Genre||Comedy, Fantasy, Teen|
|Based on||Boys are Dogs|
by Leslie Margolis
|Story by||Rachelle Skoretz|
|Directed by||Peter DeLuise|
|Theme music composer||James Jandrisch|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Production companies||Off-Leash Teleproductions, Inc.|
|Distributor||Muse Distribution International|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||June 27, 2014|
Zapped is a television film made for Disney Channel starring Zendaya, Chanelle Peloso, Emilia McCarthy and Spencer Boldman. Zendaya portrays the lead role, Zoey Stevens.
Zoey Stevens is an average 16-year-old girl whose mother has just remarried. They move in with her new stepfather and three stepbrothers. Zoey's stepbrother Adam is always in a rush due to being captain of the basketball team; the youngest one, Ben, is always getting dirty; Zach, the middle child, has a habit of making disgusting food creations, and their father, Ted, is the basketball team coach and is always loud. When Zoey arrives at her high school following a disastrous first morning with her new family, Adam quickly abandons her and she makes an unlikely friendship with a kind student named Rachel. Rachel accidentally leads Zoey to the wrong side of the school and she walks in on a science class. She is escorted by Jackson Kale to the correct room and is watched by Taylor Dean. Later, she arrives at dance tryouts, but she learns that her shoes were spoiled by her new brothers. Zoey attempts to dance her own routine during tryouts, further irritating Taylor. She falls due to her shoes and both Zoey and Rachel are banished to the junior varsity team. Zoey goes home to find out the family dog, Humphrey, has destroyed her room. In retaliation, she downloads a dog training app on her phone that forces Humphrey to obey her with a command and a push of a button. Humphrey, not liking the app, grabs her phone and drops into a bathtub filled with water. Ben then tries to help Zoey get the water out, but accidentally throws it out the window, the phone then slides down a solar panel and lands in Humphrey's food bowl. Zoey’s mom puts the bottom portion of the phone in a bowl of rice and reassures her that things will work out.
The next morning, the phone seems to be working again. She tries tries to use the app on Humphrey but gets upset when it doesn't work. However, she is surprised to see the app now works on boys. Zoey uses the app on her brothers and stepfather, making them quieter, more focused, cleaner, and healthier. She also uses the app to improve the behaviors of the boys at her school. Later that day, Zoey arrives at dance practice and is elected as the captain. However, her group dances horribly. Zoey uses the app powers on her team and they dance amazingly. She goes to the principal and proposes a dance-off competition between the junior varsity team and varsity team. The principal schedules the dance-off for the night of the upcoming basketball tournament.
Everything seems to have been changed for the better, thanks to the app. However, as time passes, Zoey sees that the boys are becoming lifeless after being forced to do the things that she wants them to do. Zoey tries to reverse her commands with new commands but during dance practice, Taylor mocks the J.V. team's lifeless and robotic dancing. Zoey gets mad and uses the app to mess up the varsity team's dance practice. When Jackson walks in and sees Zoey showing Taylor up, he leaves. Zoey chases after him and (accidentally) uses the app to make him kiss her. Jackson is confused and walks away. Zoey returns to the team and decides to end the practice. In the restroom, Taylor steals the phone while Zoey washes her face.
Zoey and Rachel are at Zoey's house, discussing how to reverse the effects of the app, when they learn that Adam has college scouts coming to his basketball game. To make matters worse, they realize that the phone is missing. Meanwhile, Taylor is busy trying to figure out how Zoey controls boys. Just before the basketball game begins, Taylor walks in and controls every male in the room. Zoey steps in (and one by one the rest of her family join her) and persuades Taylor to use it on her instead. Rachel is able to tackle Taylor and the game begins. Zoey figures out how to reverse the app with the word "Release", smashes her phone and throws it out, much to Taylor's shock. The basketball game begins and Adam's team wins. At the dance-off, the J.V. team is able to win using their own unique dances. At the end of the film, Zoey and Jackson are dating and Zoey and her stepfamily have finally adjusted to living together.
In a post-credits scene, two students in detention find the phone and turn it on, showing the app.
Zapped is produced by Off-Leash Teleproductions, Inc., distributed by Muse Distribution International and MarVista Entertainment and is licensed by ABC Cable Networks and Family Channel.
Zapped was released on demand and Watch Disney Channel on June 23, 2014. It made its debut on June 27, 2014 on Disney Channel in the United States, and Family Channel in Canada. Disney Channel (UK and Ireland) broadcast the film on July 18, 2014.
The premiere garnered 5.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast on cable that night. In the United Kingdom, it got 320,000 viewers including timeshift.