The movie picks up nine years after the series ended. Veronica left Neptune, her gorgeous but seedy-underbellied Southern California beach hometown, after a year at Hearst, the local college. She went to Stanford, then law school. She lives in New York with nice guy Piz (the endlessly charming Chris Lowell), whom she met at Hearst.
Veronica is interviewing for a job at a fancy law firm, and avoiding Neptune High's 10-year reunion, when she finds out Logan has been implicated in the murder of his pop-star girlfriend. And although Veronica has not spoken to Logan in nine years, his picture still pops up with his caller ID on her phone when he calls to ask for help.
Nine years. Veronica probably had to transfer his information to four or five different phones. You can guess how long it takes from the moment he calls until she flies to California.
Their reunion is just the start. Veronica bunks at the home of her beloved private-investigator dad, Keith (Enrico Colantoni), who's as witty and protective as ever. Veronica's devoted pals Wallace and Mac (Percy Dagg III and Tina Majorino, both still adorable) also remain in Neptune, working grownup jobs. Socialite Gia (a blithe Krysten Ritter) also figures in Veronica's current Neptune experience, in a less heartwarming way.
The film also introduces a new character, played by live wire Gaby Hoffman (Adam's sister on "Girls"). Among a cast of actors with well-honed comic instincts, Hoffman shows the most flair.