Movie News

Ashley’s Review : 17 Again

Movie News

I feel like I’ve seen ”13 Going on 30”, wait no ”The Family Man”, wait no ”17 Again” before.  Though not an original idea, this take offers something for middle aged guys, their kids and wives to possibly enjoy together.  Zac Efron plays Mike O’Donnell (adult version played by Matthew Perry), his high school’s basketball all star and on track to getting a basketball scholarship for college.

Scarlett (played as a teen by Allison Miller and as an adult by Leslie Mann) shows up to Mike’s game and announces she’s pregnant.  Even though he knows it will ruin his chances of getting a scholarship, Mike proposes and walks out on the game and ignores the college scouts.  He spends the next couple of decades upset with his decision and unfulfilled by his job, watching younger people advance faster than him at the company.  Fed up with his attitude, Scarlett asks for a divorce and soon after, Mike also loses his job and goes to stay with his uber rich and nerdy best friend since high school, Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon).

Reminiscing about his past, Mike visits his high school and admires his trophies and old photo with his team.  A Santa Claus look-a-like janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) asks Mike if he wishes he could go back to high school and Mike says yes.  Not long after, Mike turns into a teenager again and has to convince Ned that he is still the same person.

Once the identity issue is resolved, the pair work on making Mike a cool teenager so that he will blend in at the high school.  His children, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Alex (Sterling Knight) have no clue the new friend in their group is their dad.  Mike helps his son gain popularity and keeps his daughter away from her violent and over sexual boyfriend, all while trying to win back his wife.

The story has a few interesting twists when, in a ”Back to the Future” moment in reverse, Maggie hits on her dad.  It is a fun story with a predictable happily ever after ending, but what else could one expect from a Zac Efron starring pic?  Zac does seem to possess that “it” factor that will keep audiences around for years to come, whichever direction his career takes post Disney and which ever shade of tan he chooses to keep.

ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest
Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Movie News

walking dead

Fear The Walking Dead Sneak Peak

Ashleigh DaviesMarch 30, 2015
LostRiver

Preview look at Ryan Gosling’s Lost River

Ashleigh DaviesMarch 30, 2015
daredevil

TV Spot: Marvel’s Daredevil

Ashleigh DaviesMarch 30, 2015
BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards - Arrivals

Sacha Baron Cohen is Freddie Mercury

Ashleigh DaviesMarch 29, 2015
hugh-jackman-the-wolverine

Is Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine for the ‘last time’?

Ashleigh DaviesMarch 29, 2015
mallrats2

Jeremy London, Ethan Suplee returning for Mallrats 2

Caffeinated ClintMarch 28, 2015
stephendorff

Dorff gets a badge for Texas Chainsaw prequel

Caffeinated ClintMarch 28, 2015
COACH

Another ’90s TV Hit returning!

Caffeinated ClintMarch 28, 2015
supertroopers

Super Troopers 2 director answers those lingering questions!

Caffeinated ClintMarch 28, 2015

Login

Lost your password?