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17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 17 April 2009 (USA)
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Mike O'Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

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At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and teen partying | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,722,310, 19 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,167,069, 6 August 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,267,476, 6 August 2009
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Trivia

Actress Kat(arina) Graham soon went famous worldwide the very same year, in 2009, as Bonnie, Elena's best friend and a witch actually, playing a prominent role on a long-lasting cult horror TV series The Vampire Diaries. See more »

Goofs

Before young Mike makes his sandwich, he takes a stick of some sort of food and easy cheese out of the fridge. The camera is behind Mike when he starts spraying the cheese but you can clearly see that the yellow wrapper is still on the food. The shot changes to face Mike as he finishes spraying the cheese but the food wrapper is gone. Later when the shot returns to Mike, the food is back in the wrapper. See more »

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[from trailer]
Ned Freedman: What are you eating?
Mike O' Donnell: I don't even know, all I know is that I'm hungry...
[squrits Cheez-Whiz into his mouth]
Mike O' Donnell: ... *all* the time.
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The closing credits include photos of most of the main cast and crew when they were actually 17-years-old. See more »

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The Underdog
Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
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Pleasantly Surprised
22 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

The storyline was very well done and enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised at this movie. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy the movie.

Zac Efron did a really decent acting job. I honestly thought it would be High School Musical-like but it turned out to be a nice movie to watch. If he keeps up the good work and takes it to the next level, he can really be an A level quality star. Zac is no Matthew Macfadden yet but there is potential.

There are two recasts I would have done. Matthew Perry wasn't fully right for this role. He has a comedic bent but it wasn't used at all in this movie - hence a total waste and was a mismatch from a character perspective. I think John Stamos would have been better. Also Michelle Trachtenberg playing the teenager was a bit much. Trachtenberg is a solid actress but for a teenager, a different actress would have been better.

It is a very nice movie and I usually rate a movie on whether it's worth paying full price, matinée, video store, Netflix or don't bother. The movie was worth paying full price.


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