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17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlet (Teen)
Mario Cassem ...
Jamie (as Katerina Graham)


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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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seventeen  »

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Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Mike's party, Ned Gold slaps Mike three times. After the third slap, Zac Efron's face is visibly red on the left side. See more »


At the bowling alley, when Mike is with Maggie's three friends and speaks to the "too flexible" girl, her left hand is either on Mike's shoulder or not, depending on camera angle. See more »


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 »


Written by Will.i.am (as Will Adams), Karl Bartos, Dania Birks, Juana Burns, Fergie (as Stacy Ferguson), Ralf Hütter (as Ralf Huetter), Juanita Lee Monroe, Kim Nazel, Derrick Rahming, Florian Schneider-Esleben and Fatimah Shaheed
Performed by Fergie
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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17 Again was a pretty enjoyable comedy for teens and some adults
21 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is another movie I watched with my friend who works at a movie theatre. With elements of Big and 13 Going on 30, not to mention It's a Wonderful Life and Back to the Future, 17 Again is a pretty enjoyable meshing of those movies considering the cast which has Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Leslie Mann, Margaret Cho, Thomas Lennon, and Melora Hardin. I also recognized Matthew Perry and Nicole Sullivan. I did not realize until the cast credits that the bearded janitor at the high school was Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill's brother. Now, parts of the plot and characterizations were a little uneven but despite that there were plenty of scenes that were hilarious especially those between Lennon and Hardin. With them, I also saw a little "Big Bang Theory" vibe. Oh, and there's a little touching pro-abstinence speech here as well (though it still is acknowledged that not all teens will feel that way). All in all, despite some adult humor, 17 Again was an enjoyable comedy that should be enjoyable enough for parents and offspring alike. Oh, and one more thing: I thought the Vanilla Ice reference in the 1989 sequence didn't fit since I remember him not even emerging until the following year...

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