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 a den of iniquity as teen Mike constantly fights off way-too-horny girls and big, mean jocks. Granted it's a fantasy, but the story is so full of plot holes it's often confusing, and Thomas Lennon plays surely the most annoying best friend ever. My biggest problem with the movie was the photography; the color just isn't good. It looks like a grainy, old, and cheap movie and all the actors look like they have greasy hair and bad skin.
A storyline we've seen before, chaotic, cartoony direction, and some unappealing characters make this a disappointing movie for me.
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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.