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17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 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 tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

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Burr Steers

Writer:

Jason Filardi
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Back to High School See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventeen See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,722,310, 19 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,167,069, 6 August 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,267,476, 6 August 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Toward the end of filming, Zac Efron had appendicitis. At first, Thomas Lennon (III) advised Zac Efron that it was, in fact, bad wind and advised him to hang upside down to cure it. What started out as a stomachache, soon led to him checking it out after filming and having surgery the same night. See more »

Goofs

Before the '89 basketball game, in the first shot of Mike joining the cheerleaders on court, the bare chested guy wearing a Native American headdress is dancing beside the free throw lane, near the backboard. In the next shot that guy is now dancing half a court away, in front of the stairs opposite center circle (note the "Lets win" poster). The same thing happens a few shots later. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include photos of most of the main cast and crew when they were actually 17-years-old. See more »

Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

L.E.S. Artistes
Written by Santigold (as Santi White) and John Hill
Performed by Santigold
Courtesy of Downtown Records/Lizard King Records
Courtesy of Lizard King Records
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17 Again was a pretty enjoyable comedy for teens and some adults
21 April 2009 | by tavmSee 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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