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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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Who says you're only young once? See more »


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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:

£2,564,102 (UK) (10 April 2009)

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$64,149,837 (USA) (31 July 2009)
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In one scene, Mike wakes up and begins describing his "dream" of being in high school again only to find his daughter, Maggie, caring for him. This is an homage to the counterpart scene in Back to the Future (1985), in which Marty McFly wakes up and finds his teen-aged mother caring for him. See more »

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As Scarlett calls Mark "a weirdo little man-child", the hand with which she is pointing at Mark changes twice between shots. See more »

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Mike O' Donnell: If this were Afganistan, you would be pulled backwards through the streets by mountain goats with your hands cut off... just saying.
[talking to Naomi about getting Alex mom a new man in front of him]
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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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Featured in Zac Goes Back (2009) See more »

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Written by Santigold (as Santi White) and John Hill
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Courtesy of Downtown Records/Lizard King Records
Courtesy of Lizard King Records
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Pleasantly Surprised
22 April 2009 | by (Southern California) – 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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