THE OTHER ZOEY: A romantic comedy to watch!
This year, fans of romantic comedies are in for a treat, as after the August release of “Red, White & Royal Blue“, here comes “The Other Zoey” making its debut on Prime Video. The SoundsOfSeries team shares its opinion on this feature film, which it was privileged to preview!
THE SUMMARY IN A FEW WORDS
Zoey Miller, a brilliant computer science student with little interest in romantic love, finds her life turned upside down when college soccer star Zach loses his memory and mistakes her for his girlfriend. Before revealing the truth, she meets Zach’s cousin Miles, with whom she shares many affinities. While pretending to be Zach’s girlfriend, she realizes that she has feelings for both men, finding herself confronting her fears to make a heartbreaking decision.
WHEN THREE WORLDS COLLIDE
This feature film, by American-Iranian director Sara Zandieh (A Simple Wedding), reunites a familiar cast of actors and actresses. You’ll recognize Josephine Langford as Zoey Miller, best known for her portrayal of Tessa Young in the famous “After” saga. Drew Starkey, who played Rafe Cameron in “Outerbanks“, and Archie Renaux, famous for his role as Malyen “Mal” Oretsev in the “Shadow and Bone” fantasy series, play the two lovers, Zach MacLaren and Miles, respectively.
A FEEL-GOOD ROMANCE
This film has all the ingredients of a good romantic comedy: a storyline centered on students, a love triangle, a roommate who’s also a best friend always there to give advice, lies, the presence of a child to judge the choices of our main protagonist and, of course, awkward moments.
As in their previous performances, the actors and actresses don’t disappoint, playing their characters to perfection. The chemistry is palpable, whether between Zoey and Miles or Zoey and Zach, to the point of making us hesitate over which of these couples we prefer. The characters, even the more secondary ones, are endearing and bring a captivating dynamic to the story.
The film’s relatively short running time of just 1 h 25 prevents fatigue and plunges us quickly into the heart of the plot. However, the rapid succession of events, particularly the rapid formation of the love bonds between our protagonists, can give the impression that Zoey’s convictions don’t matter as much as she pretends. It might have been better to see her fight a little longer for her ideals.
Some elements also deserve further development, such as the application created by Zoey, designed to assess the compatibility between two people. She could have used it to greater effect in her own context. In addition, an aspect concerning Miles’ character could have brought freshness and diversity to the romantic comedies, but we’d rather let you find out for yourself so as not to reveal any spoilers.
One aspect we particularly appreciated was the film’s discreet soundtrack. It’s nice to enjoy moments of silence, where attention is focused solely on the dialogue, without music constantly present in the background.
This is a light “feel-good” film, perfectly suited to family viewing, offering everyone a moment of relaxation in front of their screen. If you’re a fan of romantic comedies with a fresh twist, don’t miss the chance to watch it on Prime Video from October 20!