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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)

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£2,564,102 (UK) (10 April 2009)

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$64,149,837 (USA) (31 July 2009)
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Trivia

Has a similar title and premise to 18 Again! (1988) but is not acknowledged to be a remake. Also, this movie is a little different in that it has a 37-year-old becoming his 17-year-old self again, whereas 18 Again! (1988) has an 81-year-old man swapping bodies with his 18-year-old grandson. See more »

Goofs

When 17 year old Mike is dancing with the cheerleaders in 1989, the coach calls him Vanilla Ice, who didn't make it big until 1990-1991. See more »

Quotes

Mike O' Donnell: [When Ned finds young Mike in his house, and thinking its an intruder they end up fighting with light sabers] . It's me, Mike O'Donnell, your best friend.
Mike O' Donnell: [Trying to prove that It's him] . You have an undescended testicle.
Ned Freedman: Googlable.
Mike O' Donnell: You helped me cheat on a math test, but I got caught.
Ned Freedman: Public records.
Mike O' Donnell: You asked Princess Leia to Junior Prom.
Ned Freedman: Covered by the local news.
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Crazy Credits

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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Written by Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Pleasantly surprised.....
13 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see this with film with my teenage daughter and really wasn't expecting to enjoy it. I settled down in my seat for the duration and the first few scenes showing Efron as a high school basketball player had me groaning inwardly as I assumed that this was going to be another predictable high school/age swap film of the type that has been done so many times before - and really isn't the sort of film I would choose to see anyway. Not a promising start. However, I was pleasantly surprised by 17 Again. It was witty and well acted and made me laugh out loud - not something I often do even when I appreciate the humour in a film.

This film's appeal is also strengthened by the acting of the supporting characters as well as the main ones - Thomas Lennon's character was particularly well delivered. I found no fault with Zac Efron's acting in this and I enjoyed his performance in Hairspray but it would be interesting to see him in a serious grown up dramatic role.


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