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17 Again (film)

This article is about the 2009 film. For the 2000 Showtime film, see Seventeen Again.
Not to be confused with 18 Again!.
17 Again
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Burr Steers
Produced by Adam Shankman
Jennifer Gibgot
Screenplay by Jason Filardi
Starring Zac Efron
Leslie Mann
Thomas Lennon
Sterling Knight
Hunter Parrish
Melora Hardin
Katerina Graham
Michelle Trachtenberg
Matthew Perry
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Editing by Padraic McKinley
Studio Offspring Entertainment
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s)
Running time 105 minutes
Language English
Budget $40 million[1]
Box office $136,267,476[2]

17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. It is the story of 37-year-old Mike (Matthew Perry) who becomes a 17-year-old high school student (Zac Efron) after a chance accident. The film was released in the United States on April 17, 2009.

Plot

In 1989, 17 year-old Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron) learns from his girlfriend Scarlet Porter (Allison Miller) that she is pregnant during the start of his high school championship basketball game. Moments after the game begins, he leaves the game and goes after Scarlet, abandoning his hopes of going to college and becoming a professional basketball player.

In 2009, Mike (Matthew Perry), now a 37[3] year-old, finds his life stalled. Scarlet (Leslie Mann) has separated from him due to his regrets about abandoning college, forcing him to move in with his geeky and wealthy best friend since high school, Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon). At his job, we see another reason for his frustration: due to his lack of higher education and since he is significantly older than most of his co-workers, he is passed over for a promotion he deserves in favor of a much younger female worker. He gets fired from his job (after smashing his boss's bluetooth earpiece against the wall) and his high school-age children, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Alex (Sterling Knight) want nothing to do with him. Later, while visiting his high school to reminisce, an encounter with a mysterious janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) transforms Mike into his 17 year-old self.

Given the chance to re-live his youth, Mike enrolls in high school posing as Mark Gold, Ned's son, and plans to go to college with a basketball scholarship. As he befriends his children, however, Mike comes to believe that his mission is to help them. Mike comforts Maggie when her boyfriend Stan (Hunter Parrish), the captain of the basketball team, dumps her. With his help, Alex overcomes Stan's bullying to obtain a place with Mike on the basketball team and the girlfriend he desires.

Through their children Mike spends time with Scarlet, who is attracted to his remarkable resemblance to her husband in high school. Mike has difficulty resisting his desire for her despite the relationship's apparent inappropriateness. At the same time, he must fend off Maggie's amorous advances (she being completely unaware that he is her father). Meanwhile, Ned courts Jane Masterson (Melora Hardin), the high school principal who shares a mutual interest in The Lord of the Rings.

Mike soon realizes that Scarlet is the "best decision" he had ever made and finally realizes that his own selfishness has driven his family away. He tries to re-unite with her and unsuccessfully explains to her that he is actually Mike, her husband. On the day of the court hearing to finalize Scarlet and Mike's divorce, Mike makes one last attempt to win her back (as Mark) by reading a supposed letter from Mike. He states that although he couldn't set things right in the beginning of his life, it doesn't extinguish the fact that he still loves her. After he exits, Scarlet notices that the "letter" is actually the directions to the courtroom and she begins to grow curious. As a result, she postpones the divorce. During a high school basketball game, Mike reveals himself to Scarlet. As Scarlet once again runs away down the hall, Mike decides to chase her down once more, but not before handing the ball off to his son. Mike is then transformed back into his 37 year-old self and is reunited with Scarlet. Meanwhile, Ned and Jane begin dating and Mike is hired as the high school's new basketball coach.

Cast

Reception

Critical response

The film received mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 55% based on reviews from 141 critics. The site's consensus is that "though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy." [4] On Metacritic it received a score of 48 out of 100 based on 27 critic reviews.[5] Roger Ebert gives the film 3 stars out of 4.[6]

Box office

The film was predicted to take in around $20 million in its opening weekend.[7] Opening in 3,255 theaters in the United States and Canada, the film grossed $23,722,310 ranking #1 at the box office, with 70% of the audience consisting of young females.[8] By the end of its run, 17 Again grossed $64,167,069 in North America and $72,100,407 internationally, totaling $136,267,476 worldwide.[2]

Soundtrack

17 Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists
Released April 21, 2009
Genre Soundtrack
Label New Line Records

17 Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on April 21, 2009 by New Line Records.[9]

Track listing

  1. "On My Own" by Vincent and The Villains
  2. "Can't Say No" by The Helio Sequence
  3. "L.E.S. Artistes" by Santigold
  4. "Naïve" by The Kooks
  5. "This Is Love" by Toby Lightman
  6. "You Really Wake Up the Love in Me" by The Duke Spirit
  7. "The Greatest" by Cat Power
  8. "Rich Girls" by The Virgins
  9. "This Is for Real" by Motion City Soundtrack
  10. "Drop" by Ying Yang Twins
  11. "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang
  12. "Bust a Move" by Young MC
  13. "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins

Additional music credits

The orchestral score was written by Rolfe Kent and orchestrated by Tony Blondal. It was recorded at Skywalker Sound

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Box Office Mojo
  • Rotten Tomatoes
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