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.
Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".
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
When back in 1989, Ned runs in late for the team picture wearing wizard robes and referencing a hippogriff, it may appear to be nod to Harry Potter (which was not published until 1997, and 1998 in America). However, the myth of hippogriffs is not a Harry Potter original, having been around for hundreds of years. Ned also makes reference to being "Dungeon Master", making it obvious he was playing Dungeons and Dragons, which has been around since the 1970s (hippogriffs included). See more »
[after Mike's speech about abstinence and making love, the girls put the free condoms back in the basket]
I don't need this.
[grabs a bunch of condoms from the basket]
Great, fine. more for me, i got enough for the whole weekend.
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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 »
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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