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17 Again (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 April 2009 (USA)
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About a guy whose life didn't quite turn out how he wanted it to and wishes he could go back to high school and change it. He wakes up one day and is seventeen again and gets the chance to rewrite his life.



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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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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:

£2,564,102 (UK) (10 April 2009)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the scene where Mike and Ned go to the principal's office to enroll in school, the principal's computer monitor switches from Dashboard widgets to the Flurry screen saver and back again. See more »


Scarlett O'Donnell: [Looks at Mark] Wow.
[Scarlett starts walking towards Mark]
Scarlett O'Donnell: Wow!
[Scarlett grabs Mark's face and starts playing with it]
Scarlett O'Donnell: You look just like my husband.
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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 »


Danger Zone
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock (as Thomas Whitlock)
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Not half bad!
14 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I'm a teenager, and I can guess what you're thinking (because I'm psychic), okay i'm not psychic, but you're thinking i went to go see it because of the ZAC EFRON craze.

Ha ha. I went to go see it because of Matthew Perry. I've loved him since F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and I think he's awesome.

Honestly, (sorry Zac), but I went into the cinema with low hopes simply because Zac Efron was in it. I hated High School Musical (I use to babysit, and the little girls I babysat loved the first and second one... oh dear!). Thank Goodness, I actually realised that, above and beyond all the hype on his 'Disney Charm', he can actually act. (As seen in 17 Again).

I think Matthew Perry was great in it, as was Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl), and Leslie Mann.

I still think that Zac Efron has quite a bit to do to totally diminish his Disney effect, but after 17 again, my personal opinions have changed about him.

I suggest you go see it, whatever age. Humour, interest, and just an all-round enjoyable flick.

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