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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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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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Thomas Lennon advised Zac Efron that his appendicitis was in fact bad wind, and advised him to hang upside down to cure it. See more »

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At the big game in 1989, Mike throws a basketball over his shoulder (as he walks off the court to go after Scarlett). The camera pans down to show it bouncing vertically on the spot, but a real ball would be bouncing further and further away. See more »

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Mike O'Donnell: Look, try to see things from my point of view. I'm extremely disappointed with my life!
Scarlett O'Donnell: I never asked you to marry me!
Mike O'Donnell: Yeah, but i did.
Scarlett O'Donnell: Well, you don't have to do me any favors then. We're not gonna hold each other back anymore. okay?
Mike O'Donnell: Scar...
Scarlett O'Donnell: I'll see you in court
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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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References Less Than Zero (1987) See more »

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Bust a Move
Written by Matt Dike and Marvin Young
Contains Portions of "Found a Child" by Luther Rabb and Jim Walters (as James Walters)
Performed by Marvin Young (as Young MC)
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17 Again was a pretty enjoyable comedy for teens and some adults
21 April 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – 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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