17 Again (2009)
|About a guy whose life didn't quite turn out how he wanted it to and wishes he could go back to high school and change it. He wakes up one day and is seventeen again and gets the chance to rewrite his life.|
"Often silly but it's an honest, unselfconscious exploration of the conflict between a man's physical and psychological age. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Hilarious & Heartwarming Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com
Editor's NoteIn the vein of FREAKY FRIDAY, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, 13 GOING ON 30, and other "switch" comedies, 17 AGAIN answers the fantasies of disgruntled middle-aged parents everywhere, as high school basketball star turned average failure of a dad Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) gets to begin again at age 17 (where--bonus!--he's played by Zac Efron). A strangely IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE-style freak storm sends his body back through time to age 17, and since he's been living with his nerdy zillionaire buddy (Thomas Lennon) after being kicked out of the house by his wife, Scarlet (Leslie Mann), she and their kids (Michelle Trachtenberg and Sterling Knight) aren't privy to the change, enabling Mike to be covert father while posing as a high school student, and to tempt his wife into quasi-cougardom. The temptation never gets too far, thank heavens, for Efron belongs not to any one woman but to all the girls enraptured by his star turn in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. He's the reason to see the film and he clearly has great fun playing someone much older and squarer than himself (the idea that he will eventually become Perry again is allowed to carry its own melancholy existential charge). Directed by Burr Steers (IGBY GOES DOWN), this is breezy fun for the whole crazy family, with a soundtrack that includes new and classic songs from the likes of Cat Power, Santogold, Kenny Loggins, and Young M.C.
17 Again - DVD Review
By: Blake French filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/31/2009 7:48 PM
|Zac Efron takes a lot of heat for singing high-pitched tunes and prancing around on basketball courts in the High School Musical movies, but in 17 Again he finally gets to prove that he's more than Disney's poster boy. Here, he plays Mike O'Donnell, a 17-year-old high school senior with a basketball scholarship on the horizon (not exactly a stretch for the actor). When he discovers that his girlfriend, Scarlett, is pregnant, he finds himself having to choose between marrying her and pursuing college athletics. He chooses the girl. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Jason Filardi - Screenwriter|
|Adam Shankman - Producer|
|Jennifer Gibgot - Producer|
|Tobias Emmerich - Executive Producer|
|Mark Kaufman - Executive Producer|
|Keith Goldberg - Executive Producer|
|Jason Barrett - Executive Producer|
|Tim Suhrstedt - Director of Photography|
|Rolfe Kent - Composer|
|Adam Shankman - Director|
Customer Reviews of 17 Again
Fun to watch3/21/2013
The movie tells the story of Mike, a one-time basketball star who gave up his dreams to marry his pregnant girlfriend. 20 years later & Mike is bitter and dissatisfied with his life, which has weighed heavily on his wife Scarlett, who feels like the target of Mike's unhappiness. The movie opens with Mike living at his best friend Ned's house while he awaits his impending divorce decision.
Fun Family Fun!12/29/2012
This movie is so enjoyable that you're willing to suspend disbelief when you need to. Mike's wife, for example, seeing him exactly as he looked when he was a teenager, is very slow in picking up on the fact that he IS her husband as a teenager, and she seems blandly accepting of the story concocted by Lennon's character that the young Mike is his son. Of course, the transformation from 30-year-old to 17-year-old Mike is another leap, but the movie is so engaging that you don't mind.
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