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.

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Burr Steers

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


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

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Bubba Lewis, who appears as Dorky Kid in this movie, also played Zac Efron's twin brother in Miracle Run (2004). See more »

Goofs

When Maggie is crying about being dumped, her makeup changes from the time Mike first came by her, where it was purple, to the end where it is black. See more »

Quotes

Ned Gold: I can't act normal.
Principal Jane Masterson: Clearly.
Ned Gold: I'm just trying to impress you. I don't come to places like this. I'm a dork. I'm the kind of person who spends $10,000 on Gandalf the Grey's quarterstaff from the Two Towers.
Principal Jane Masterson: Yes that does make you a dork. Especially since Gandalf the Grey only appears in Fellowship. He returns in Two Towers as Gandalf the White.
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Crazy Credits

While the other crew members' credits at the end are listed with photos, cinematographer Tim Suhrstedt's credit is accompanied by a blank box with the legend "No Photo Available." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.191 (2010) 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)
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl, L.L.C.
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Second Chance in Life
16 May 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1989, the teenager Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron) is the star of the Hayden High-School. On the day of the final basketball game, Mike will be observed and may win a scholarship in college. However, his girlfriend Scarlett (Allison Miller) tells him that she is pregnant and Mike does not play the game. Twenty years later, Mike (Matthew Perry) is a complete loser that blames Scar for his failures: he is not promoted to sale manager after working sixteen years in the same company; Scarlett (Leslie Mann) is divorcing him; his teenagers son Alex (Sterling Knight) and daughter Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) hate him; and he is temporarily living with his best friend, the eccentric and immature millionaire Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon). Mike nostalgically visits Hayden where an old janitor talks to him about second chance in life. During the night, he sees the janitor jumping from a bridge into the river and he unsuccessfully tries to help the man. Mike passes out and when he wakes up, he discovers that he is seventeen again. Further, he discovers that he has a second chance to fix his relationship with his family.

"17 Again" is another good movie about second chance in life. I believe most of people in a certain age question decisions took in the past and would like to have a second chance to re-route his or her life in that milestone. The cinema makes this dream come true and certainly the story is pleasant for most of the people. In addition, the two lead stars (Zac Efron and Matthew Perry) are nice actors and the result is a nice entertainment for whole family. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "17 Outra Vez" ("17 Again")


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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,722,310, 19 April 2009

Gross USA:

$64,167,069

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,316,880
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