17 Again

2009-07-03 12:40
 
What the movie’s about:

What would you do if you got a second shot at life? Class of 1989, Mike O’Donnell is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp.

But instead, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting. Almost 20 years later, Mike’s glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned.

What we thought about it:


Say the name Zac Efron and it’s almost as if you can hear the echoing of tweens and teens all over saying “he’s so hot right now!” I’m not really sure what’s harder to believe, Zac Efron actually delivering a good performance or that someone who looks like Efron at 17 turns into Matthew Perry at 37.

Imagine you could relive your teen years. Imagine you could go back and give your teen self the advice you know now. Would you actually do it or want to do it? If you were “so hot” back then (and you’re now a complete failure) then maybe you can see where you went wrong? But if you weren't popular way back in the day then why in your right mind would you want to relive your disastrous teen years? Think of all acne, mood swings, bad fashion (which you thought to be the hippest thing since Wilson’s Block) and social dysfunction you’ll have to endure… again.

Mike O’ Donnell (Matthew Perry at 37) is a miserable father who also happens to be on the brink of divorce. Fate in the form of a janitor (played by Bill Murray’s brother, Bruce Doyle-Murray) grants him the chance to relive his high school days. He returns to the present time at the age of 17 (Zac Efron).

Sounding a bit too familiar?  Well director Burr Steers is the mastermind behind the dark comedy “Igby Goes Down” but it’s movies such as “13 Going on 30”, “Freaky Friday” and “Never Been Kissed” that makes you realise that you’ve really seen it all before and that the high school thing is so overdone.

The movie isn’t about Mike living his dream of making the varsity basketball squad but rather about him reconnecting with his wife (Leslie Mann) and kids (Michelle Trachtenberg and Sterling Knight) and that’s what makes your heart melt in all the right places. With a billionaire Yoda -loving friend (Thomas Lenon) helping him every step of the way, this movie offers you the lovable family entertainment you need every now and then.

It’s nice knowing that Perry hasn’t completely disappeared off the radar and his performance is unlike Chandler of Friends. He’s rather grown up in this movie and has the down-and-out role perfected. Efron on the other hand doesn’t steer to far away from his High School Musical persona. So seeing him as a leading man isn’t plausible, but with time, it’s possible.

Moral of the story: If life sucked when you were in high school, then it really will get better once high school is long over.


Is Hollywood milking the “age reversal” fountain? Or is 17 Again perhaps going to be a cut above the rest?

K. Smith 2009/04/17 2:01 PM
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It might not have been brilliant movie but how many of us have not thought about going back and changing things. This reminds us of why we made the decisions we did good or bad. also reminds us of what is important in life.
sophie edwards 2009/04/17 5:40 PM
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i think that it will be a great movie. maybe they should do a book!! the actors were great.
osiris 2009/04/18 7:37 PM
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its a gr8 family fun movie to watch. it does make you think about life and second opportunities to fix the mistakes made the first time around. the twist in the story is that one still makes the same decisions that one made the first time around but the second time around, we make choices with more understanding to family and friends in our decision making.
Karabo 2009/04/23 1:09 PM
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I like it
Yaya 2009/04/25 11:49 AM
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What a great movie. Wouldn't mind watching it again. Young Mike Rocks.
Lerato Molefe 2009/04/30 12:25 PM
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Very exciting to watch and laugh therefore I rate it 8 out of 10
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