17 Again

  • 12
  • Burr Steers (2009)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Aimed squarely at the teen market, this vehicle for High School Musical heart-throb Zac Efron is a body-switch comedy that blends Big, Freaky Friday, Back to the Future and even It's a Wonderful Life. Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is a walking disappointment, overlooked for promotion, ignored by his teenage kids and thrown out by wife Scarlett (Leslie Mann) - it was their shotgun marriage in 1989 that ended Mike's promising future in basketball. But some hokily convenient business with a magic janitor on a bridge transforms him back into his 17-year-old self (Efron), and he re-enrols at high school. The scenarios that ensue are predictable and undynamic - his own daughter comes onto him, he defeats the school bully with distinctly adult logic - though, while Efron has charm, Perry is all-too-briefly on screen, so it's down to nerdy best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon) to supply offbeat comic substance. And, despite one shoehorned-in opportunity, Efron fans might miss his singing and dancing.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron. Since giving up the chance of a glittering career in basketball to marry his pregnant girlfriend when they were just high-school kids, Mike O'Donnell has often reflected on how things might have been. Then one night he encounters a mysterious janitor at his old school and gets the chance to find out.

Cast and crew


Mike O'Donnell as an adult
Matthew Perry
Mike O'Donnell, aged 17
Zac Efron
Scarlett O'Donnell as an adult
Leslie Mann
Ned Gold
Thomas Lennon (3)
Michelle Trachtenberg
Scarlett, aged 17
Allison Miller
Ned, aged 17
Tyler Steelman
Katerina Graham
Sterling Knight
Jane Masterson
Melora Hardin


Burr Steers

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Edited for language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Apr 2009
Certificate 12
Entertainment in Video Ltd