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.


Burr Steers


Jason Filardi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Mike O'Donnell
Leslie Mann ... Scarlet
Thomas Lennon ... Ned Gold
Matthew Perry ... Mike O'Donnell (Adult)
Tyler Steelman ... Ned Gold (Teen)
Allison Miller ... Scarlet (Teen)
Sterling Knight ... Alex
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Maggie
Adam Gregory ... Dom
Hunter Parrish ... Stan
Mario Cassem Mario Cassem ... Samir
Kat Graham ... Jamie (as Katerina Graham)
Tiya Sircar ... Samantha
Melissa Ordway ... Lauren
Melora Hardin ... Principal Jane Masterson


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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Who says you're only young once? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


When Ned Gold goes to meet the principal for the second time, he is dressed up flamboyantly as he called it "peacocking." This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Pick Up Artists. See more »


When Mike is comforting Maggie because of her breakup with Stan, the position of Maggie's hands, head, etc keep changing abruptly between shots, and the proximity between Maggie and Mike changes as well during their conversation. 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 »


References The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) See more »


Rich Girls
Written and Performed by The Virgins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

A Decent Film,Now people will recognise Efron as a good actor
10 April 2009 | by connor-macgregorSee all my reviews

When i was going to see this film,i thought to myself that Zac Efrom was going to be all over this film showing off and all the girls in the cinema(which were about 95% of)would jump onto the screen and try and lick it.That wasn't the case at all.

This film had been really funny and the star was of course Mr Efron himself.Efron's jokes were very well done and the way he handled himself around his family was fantastic.I would be the same thing if i went back to 17...although i am 15 right now.

Matthew Perry was easily the lead in to efron,and he played it very well.Leslie's performance was a decent one.Michelle's was great at playing the horny,attitude,whatever teenage daughter.As for the loser son he was good as well as he turned from zero to hero.

Overall this film had a cleaver story and quality acting that will make this film stand out as a comedy hit.

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Zac Efron Project See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,722,310, 19 April 2009

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