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Frenemies is a Disney Channel Original Movie (very) loosely based on a book of the same name. The film has three separate plots connected by the theme of friends becoming enemies.

The first story follows a boy (Jake Logan) and his dog (Murray) whose friendship is threatened by Jake's popular new girlfriend Julianne (Stefanie Scott). The second follows best friends Avalon (Bella Thorne) and Halley (Zendaya) who are given a chance to turn their web magazine into a real publication at the price of dumping one or the other. The third follows Savannah and Emma (both Mary Mouser) in a modern re-telling of The Prince and the Pauper.


If you were looking for the Trope, you are looking for Friendly Enemy.

This film provides examples of:

  • Aloof Big Brother: Kendall to Halley.
  • Alpha Bitch: Julianne in plot A, Walker in plot B.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ms. St. Claire and the entire B plot.
  • Black and Nerdy: Halley
  • Dance Party Ending: Set to "Pose" by Stefanie Scott.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Murray was the first to know about Julianne's intentions to manipulate Jake into doing her project and spends the entire Plot A acting very aggressively towards her.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Jake
  • The Film of the Book: Though only the names have been carried over.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: A Princess and Pauper plot on the Disney Channel was last done by the Lizzie McGuire movie.
  • Fauxreigner: Jean Franc/John Frank.
  • Friendly Enemy: It's right there in the title.
  • Friendship-Straining Competition: The middle segment boils down to this. Friends Avalon and Halley, who run a web-magazine, are given the chance to turn it into a reality— however, the publication company only wants one of them. This forces them to compete for the position, turning from best friends to bitter enemies and playing cruel tricks on each other as sabotage, until they finally talk it out and realize they're better together than apart.
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  • Large Ham: Bella Thorne and Zendaya in Plots A and C.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: A male example with Walker.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Owen<Savannah<>Josh<>Emma<Owen
  • Portmantitle
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: On a massive scale, almost towards being closer to a Dolled-Up Installment. Literally, the only things the Disney Channel movie and original book have in common is the fact that the two main characters are named Halley and Avalon. Everything else has been completely changed and rewritten, the most obvious of which being the two other stories quite blatantly tacked onto the ends of Halley's and Avalan's story. The "main" story also greatly differs from the book as well and is much darker in tone and resolution (alot closer to The Clique than The Power of Friendship message the movie pushes) as well as ending in a Sequel Hook (which indeed is continued in the next book in the series).
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  • Prince and Pauper: Plot C.
  • The Power of Friendship: The entire movie.
  • Retcon: The first story seems to establish that Jake and Savannah meet for the first time at the dog park (with Savannah having already developed a crush on him from seeing him around school). In the third story, Jake now claims to have had a crush on her since the fourth grade.
  • Strictly Formula: One of the derisive nicknames for the movie is The CeCe and Rocky Movie Featuring Lexi because their characters come off as carbon copies of their Shake it Up and A.N.T. Farm counterparts (save that Lexi frequently has more likeable moments than Julianne.)
    • Not to mention the shopworn Prince and the Pauper tale that makes up the rest of the movie.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Savannah and Emma.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Walker and Avalon.


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