17 Again [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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I was, not "forced", but kind of bullied into watching this by my Girlfriend. To be fair I make her watch a lot of my "arty" subtitled films or numerous Football Matches on the Tele, so I figured it was only fair I at least do her the honour of watching what I thought would be a "Chick Flick"
It's not, it's actually suprisingly good, the fella who plays Efron's best mate is hillarious, one or two real belly laughs, which again, caught me slightly off guard.
It is predicatable in places, it is dumb, but it's also really easy to watch and you can't help but really actually like all the characters in it.
Well worth a go, just try not to let on to your other half that you enjoyed it or she'll having you watching "PS I love you" in no time.
The film's plot will not be winning any awards for originality - Mike O'Donnell was the school's star basketball player when he was 17 (played by Efron) and heading for big things, when Scarlett, his girlfriend, tells him she's pregnant. At that point Mike has to make a decision that will change the rest of his life - choose basketball and have the great future ahead of him, or give it all up and become a family man, taking care of Scarlett and the baby. He picks the later option, and fast forward 20 years Mike (now played by Matthew Perry) is in the midst of a divorce from Scarlett, alienated from his two children, stuck in a dead end job, and crashing at his mates house since Scarlett chucked him out and he doesn't have enough money to find his own place to stay. All the dreams he once could have achieved have dissappeared, and Mike is feeling pretty sorry for himself and angry at how his life turned out - until a chance meeting with a janitor and a stormy night by a bridge transform Mike into his 17 year old self again.
The film isn't exactly Oscar worthy, but I've got to admit having a bit of a weak spot for this kind of superficial teen movie (10 Things I Hate About You, Twilight etc) - it's easy, light fun, and the film is sure as hell enjoyable to watch if you let go of your cynicisms and grudges against Efron and high school films in general.Read more ›
the story tells of Matt, a middleaged man with a troublesome relationship with his wife and 2 teen kids, on the verge of losing everything. His life, job and family is heading down a bad track as he wonders what "could have been" if his life had taken a different path. Reminded me somewhat of the whole "i could have been a professional footballer but i played with the big kids and injured my leg!" which seems to have affected a freakishly large percentage of the male uk population.
Anyway, his body becomes "17 again" so he can live out this dream. However Dad soon learns that instead of wollowing in self pity he is at risk of losing the best things that ever happened to him. Matt realises he took the right path, however crossroads have appeared for the family he cares so much for. Can he help them to choose the right path...?
As far as similar movies go:
both 13 going on 30 and big were opposite age switches but as 13.. spent most of the time with the character oohing and ahhing at random signs of adulthood id say 17 again was closer to Big is terms of a great film.
I'd say its still a "teen" film but went further than showing the extent of zac efron's hotness!!
A surprisingly enjoyable film for grown-ups who have forgotten how to relate to the child in them and need a lesson in taking responsibility for their own happiness and fulfillment.
Definitely worth a watch, even if just to see a marvelously nerdy and likeable performance from Thomas Lennon and for confirmation that Zac Efron has more to him than HSM suggests.
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Best film I have seen in a long time, If you want to laugh and smile for 90 minutes then I recommend this😎Published 8 days ago by Mr. B. M. Hansen
It is your basic movie about an adult having a chance to go back to his teen years and redo things. Instead he finds he is helping the people that are in his life as adults. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol