17 Again

1 h 41 min2009X-RayPG-13
Mike is given another chance to fix his life when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17. Unfortunately, his thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool.
Burr Steers
Zac EfronLeslie MannTom Lennon
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Michelle TrachtenbergMatthew Perry
Adam ShankmanJennifer Gibgot
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sixthreezyReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
17 Again - Zacthew Pefron
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This is an odd movie to revisit, because Zac Efron has gone through a lot since this movie came out. His persona in movies has changed, and his personal life has seen some darker times than those we'd known of before this film. 17 Again serves to stand as a timeless semi-appropriate family tale about growing up and appreciating life the way it's given to you. Matthew Perry plays 37 year old Mike, who was the star basketball player on his team but left to take care of a girlfriend/baby in the middle of a huge game. Now he's in a dead-end job and feeling 40 on the horizon, unhappy and bored with his life he looks for change.

Ta-da, some magic happens and now finds himself transposed into 17 year old Mike that (potentially due to CGI limitations at the time is not played by Matthew Perry) is played by a post-High School Musical Zac Efron. I remember seeing this film when it came out and thinking that it was a pretty decent "Freaky Friday", body swap movie for an ex-Disney star. It's borderline appropriate for families to watch, so I'd say even though it's PG-13 it's not overly raunchy and presents somewhat valuable life lessons. I wasn't sure it was going to hold up but honestly, I think the movie still plays well now.

Zac Efron does a remarkably great job at playing Matthew Perry and somehow nails the quirks of his delivery and mannerisms. Matthew Perry does not really have to do that in reverse for his brief time on screen, so he really only serves to be a basis for the 17 year old version of the main character. Without Efron's performance I think this film would noticeably fall flat, but it's more charming than you'd think it would be. Leslie Mann plays Mike's soon to be ex-wife and really brings the other half-force of comedy that exists in the film as well.

However, Zac Efron is completely hysterical in this and it deserves to be mentioned among some of the great high school comedies. He's playing a 37 year old man in a 17 year old's body, and we don't have the distraction of having to watch two characters go through a body swap magic trick like most of that "genre" would have you do. Efron knocks it out of the park in so many scenes including one where he picks a fight on the school bully because he is dating Mike's actual daughter, and completely ridicules him in the way that I, a 30-year old man would want to ridicule a bully.

The little things like that scene and just how he reacts around certain characters like the mother of his kids, the kids themselves, and Thomas Lennon who plays his childhood friend make this movie so much fun. You know what you're getting into with Tom in a movie/show, and he's hilariously trying to date the high school principal all throughout the movie. The pay off for it is really great, and so is everything else with this story. It has a heartwarming ending and maybe not the ending Mike set out for, but a lesson to show that no matter what life has been handed to you it should be appreciated all the same.

Case came in great condition with both the Blu-ray and DVD copies. There is no insert if the Digital Copy is to transfer to my PC, but ultimately not a deal-breaker. Another great used purchase from a Goodwill seller.
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Mike S.Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very good comedy
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17 again is a comedy that many people may avoid because of the presence of Zac Efron, who up to that point had mostly just done the High School Musical series. That would be a huge mistake as it is actually a very good comedy. The premise is that a guy named Mike O'Donnell (played as an adult by Matthew Perry and as a teenager by Efron), basically going through a mid-life crisis (losing his job and going through a divorce). Wishing to relive his glory years as a high-school basketball player he is turned into his 17-year old self while still living in the present day. He discovers that he has to fix things with his family in order to become an adult again.

The movie has a great supporting cast including Leslie Mann as Mike's ex-wife Scarlett, Michelle Trachtenberg (probably best known for her time on Buffy at that point) as his daughter Maggie, who of course falls for him when he is a teenager, Thomas Lennon as his best friend, Ned, Jim Gaffigan as the high school basketball coach, and Melora Hardin as the high school principal. Everyone in the cast did a great job in their roles, but Efron really showed that he had the acting chops to go between the comedic scenes and the more dramatic ones with ease, and he proved he could do more than just look good.

For those who get the Blu-Ray, the movie looks and sounds good in the HD format. It is not really heaving on special effects that make it a must-see in HD, but it the cinematography looks very good. For extras, the most extensive is about 16 minutes of deleted scenes, then there are a handful of behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes that range from about 3 minutes to about 12 minutes in length.

Overall, the movie is good. It is a pretty wholesome comedy (although there is some swearing and a bit of sexual innuendo, really nothing more than that), which also adds in some touching elements. The easy comparison to make is with the movie Big with a bit of Its a Wonderful Life mixed in. While it is not as good as either of those movies, it was clearly inspired by them, yet manages to be its own story and does not try to copy either of those. It is a pretty simple formula that works. Efron, Mann, and Lennon have great chemistry, and all of the scenes with two or more of them interacting were great. It is definitely not one of the best comedies of all time, but it is worth checking out if you are looking for a pretty light-hearted comedy that can be watched with the family.
Derek P.Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is THE BEST MOVIE!!! We had seen this when it originally came out and had forgotten all about it, but it really is a movie that you could watch over and over again. It is so cute and super funny. I loved the wit and the acting was great from Zac Efron. I can't say enough about this movie. My younger children loved it too. It is a great family movie. We love this movie. I wish there were more like it.
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Peter TsangReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Just Smack Zac"
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The Plot
Mike O'Donnell is a married adult with two teenage kids and wife who is finalizing her divorce with Mike. All of a sudden, in some mysterious magical way, Mike is tranformed into a teenager and he goes back to high school to relive his glory days as a basketball star. The adult Mike is played by Matthew Perry and the young "17 Again" Mike is played by Zac Efron.

The Acting
This movie is obviously meant as a showcase for Zac Efron. He demonstrates his incredible basketball skills, as well as his fine acting talent in this comedy. There are numerous comedic situations involving young Mike, including scenes with his son. For example, in a reversal of roles, the son corrects the father, especially when young Mike ogles his older wife. Too much looking and young Mike gets a rap in the head with a basketball or gets squirted with water from his son.

Leslie Mann plays the wife and mom, and she does it with a delicate balance. Mom, (Ms. O' Donnell), is gracious and usually keeps just enough distance from young Mike to make it believable. Ms. Mann's acting is nuanced and her character is soft, gentle, and slightly off balanced, but in a sweet and ditzy way.

The Smackdown
Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Count them. That's a total of eight smacks. I was cracking up when young Mike was smacked in the face by his wife, his daughter, three beautiful teenage girls, and by his nerdy, best friend. I just had to watch these scenes again and again as it was just so funny.

The End
Enough punishment for Zac Efron and praising of Leslie Mann, just watch this comedy and you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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teols2016Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Friends Meets Teen Idol
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I use this title for my review because Friends star Matthew Perry appears briefly in this film, playing the older version of Zac Efron...by the way, I wonder how Zac Efron survived during the flashback to 1989...cell phones and Facebook didn't exist back then. Anyway, after Matthew Perry's character is turned into Zac Efron...I mean, is turned into his younger self played by Zac Efron, he must repeat high school, keep his son from being bullied, avoid the attempted seduction from his daughter, and win back the love of his life, his wife, played by Leslie Mann, who is seeking a divorce...anyone else ready for therapy yet? Overall, this film was all right. It had it's laughs, though some of them, like everything between Thomas Lennon's and Melora Hardin's characters, were forced. It's no snooze-fest, so I'll leave it to you as to if you wanna buy it. I will say that I have seen many films with Leslie Mann in them and I've never been able to make up my mind about her...I'm concluding that I'll like or dislike her depending on the film. She was good in this film, though I'd have liked to see some more interaction between her and Matthew Perry in the end (instead of that other couple). Again, this is an average film and I'll leave the ultimate purchasing decision up to you. Enjoy.
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RipleyReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very funny; great ensemble cast
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While the switching bodies film has been done before, I found this to be a nice addition to that genre. Zac Efron is hilarious and when paired with Thomas Lennon, they make a great comic duo. Also, there are several scenes in which Zac shows what a good actor he is. There is an especially touching scene in a courthouse in which Zac has to show his vulnerability, and he does this extremely well. Overall, very enjoyable and watchable. If you are a Zac Efron fan, you'll love it. If you aren't a fan, you'll become one after watching this film. I know the critics were not overly enthusiastic about this movie, but I think male heterosexual critics have a hard time praising anything Zac Efron does. It may have something to do with his looks or his fan base of teenage girls; as if someone that teenage girls like couldn't possibly have any acting skills. The same critics loved Ryan Gosling in Drive, in which Mr. Gosling, although in general a very good actor, pretty much has one look the entire film. His acting style in this film consisted of him staring very intently and delivering his lines. He's practically a zombie throughout the film and these critics couldn't fall over themselves fast enough in praising his performance and the film, which was an excuse to show egregious violence and to show in great grisly detail how to kill people in many different ways.
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MMReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zac at his best!
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A Zac Efron classic. His best movie - by far. A fun family film with a surprise Oscar-worthy turn by Thomas Lennon. Well, he should’ve at least been nominated! A tried and true story, done right with a great group of actors.
ItzMzBunnyReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Wish I could have Do-Over
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I think this was great movie. And great for Zac to get out of being a little Disney Starlet. I think it was great break through and he should definitely be chosen for more movies.

All in all I say it was GREAT MOVIE!! OMG loved it! lol, it was different seeing Zac outta character, but thats what it made it funny. Its not meant for kids bottom line--it's a teen and up movie. But even in that case its the parents who should be in control of their kids viewing. But it was great made me think about the 80s and revisit how much high school sucked, but it also gave out some good aspects to let teens know that high school maybe your everything then but when you grow up you definitely have to have an alternate plan. Life is SOO MUCH bigger than high school and seeing that in this movie was just awesome!!

bottom line.....you got teenagers, buy it ^_^
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