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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 meets a janitor near a bridge.



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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zac Efron called Matthew Perry for help on his lines and mimicking some of his movements to give a more authentic performance. See more »


In 1989, Scarlett is pregnant with Maggie, yet in the present-day scenes Maggie is only 17. Although the movie was released in 2009, if you pay attention in the scene where the students are sending the video of the fight to each other, one of the cell phones clearly shows a date of 2007 for the movie setting. See more »


Alex O'Donnell: [In the school restroom] Uh... can I get a little help in here?
Mike O' Donnell: Alex? How did this? Who did this to you?
Alex O'Donnell: The basketball team.
Mike O' Donnell: But why? You're one of them, you're popular
Alex O'Donnell: Look this is kinda personal and I don't know you.
Mike O' Donnell: I'm sorry, I'm Mark Gold, your uncle Ned's kid. I just started here.
Alex O'Donnell: Oh... cool... cool. Yeah, I'd shake your hand, but it's taped to my ass.
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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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Danger Zone
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock (as Thomas Whitlock)
Performed by Kenny Loggins
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Pleasantly surprised.....
13 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see this with film with my teenage daughter and really wasn't expecting to enjoy it. I settled down in my seat for the duration and the first few scenes showing Efron as a high school basketball player had me groaning inwardly as I assumed that this was going to be another predictable high school/age swap film of the type that has been done so many times before - and really isn't the sort of film I would choose to see anyway. Not a promising start. However, I was pleasantly surprised by 17 Again. It was witty and well acted and made me laugh out loud - not something I often do even when I appreciate the humour in a film.

This film's appeal is also strengthened by the acting of the supporting characters as well as the main ones - Thomas Lennon's character was particularly well delivered. I found no fault with Zac Efron's acting in this and I enjoyed his performance in Hairspray but it would be interesting to see him in a serious grown up dramatic role.

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