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17 Again

A movie released April 17, 2009

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Oh no, not 17 Again!

  • Aug 24, 2009
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This movie is about every 30/40-somethings wet dream about waking up one day and being a teenager once more. It's all about losing the beer gut, knowing how to talk to the opposite sex, and kicking the collective ass of bullies. Of course, this theme has a familiar tread, with Big being the major success of this sub-genre. But whereas Big was charming and intelligent, 17 Again, well... ain't.

In a sentence, it's about the main character (Zac Efhon) learning to love his family rather than blaming him for a football career that never happened. I just saved you two hours. You're welcome.

While I don't want to pick apart the implausibilities in a backwards-aging comedy, there are some that don't quite fit into the 'suspension of disbelief concept', namely:
  • Zac Efron will grow up to look like Matthew Perry.
  • The younger hero isn't instantly recognized by his wife of 20 years, despite the fact they met when he looked exactly the same.
  • Nobody notices that "daddy" has disappeared for weeks. And they're in divorce so this should be important.
But the bigger crime is that this is one slow movie, even at 100 minutes. It's firmly cemented in my mind that Matthew Perry is really not funny at all, but also - on an upbeat note - that it must be very easy to get comedies made without even as much as a rewrite. What else is wrong?
  • The nerd reflection character is unlikeable and weird.
  • The school Principal skit is the acting equivalent of slipping on a banana skin.
  • The 40 year-old wife hitting on the friend of her 17 year-old son' friend (and husband, as it turns out) comes across as creepy rather than funny.
We almost gave up 10 minutes before the end, and by the time we were done wish we had.

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Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
A man is time-warped into being a teen at the point he should actually be a 40+ man, and rights his wrongs as a teen with a rare set of good morals and an unusually sound mind.
review by . January 07, 2010
      If you are checking reviews on this movie you are not expecting a completely fresh time travel movie...you know the basic idea.       Now for the nitty-gritty.       For once the supporting male friend (Thomas Lennon) is fun and quirky instead of crass and crude. Win.      The storyline is sweet. At age 17 Mike (Perry/Effron) gives up his dreams to do the right thing. While college scouts wait in the bleachers …
review by . May 02, 2009
We all dream of what we would do if we could go back to being a kid again but what if you actually got that opportunity? Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is in both boats. Having given up a potential NBA career to marry his impregnated girlfriend at the age of 17 he's finding himself regretting that decision. Not that we totally blame him. At 37 he's lost a promotion, is in the middle of a bitter divorce, and his kids don't want anything to do with him. Then one day an old janitor grants Mike his …
review by . April 21, 2009
Twenty years ago, Mike O'Connell (Matthew Perry) was a high school basketball star with a great future ahead of him. Things didn't turn out so well, though, and now he wishes he could be 17 again.     This movie is a mixture of It's a Wonderful Life and Big plus every high school movie ever made. Despite the likeable Zac Efron as teenage Mike, the movie is surprisingly raunchy and forgettable, and definitely not appropriate for Zac's tween fans. It makes high school look like …
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Just before his 1989 high school-championship basketball game, 17 years-old Mike O'Donnell's (Zac Efron) girlfriend Scarlett (Allison Miller) tells him that she is pregnant. He leaves the game and a possible college basketball scholarship to propose to her.

Two decades later, Mike's (Matthew Perry) life has stalled. Scarlett (Leslie Mann) has separated from him due to his regrets about abandoning college, forcing him to move in with his geeky and wealthy best friend since high school, Ned Gold; he quits his job; and his kids Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Alex (Sterling Knight) want nothing to do with him. While visiting Hayden High School to reminisce, an encounter with a mysterious janitor (Brian Doyle Murray) transforms Mike into his 17 year-old self.

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Movies, Comedy Movies, Matthew Perry, Margaret Cho, Zac Efron, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg


Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 17, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 42min

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