17 Again

17 Again

Burr Steers (2009)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A man whose marriage is falling apart wishes he could be a teenager again, only for his request to be mysteriously granted. He returns to high school posing as the son of his best friend and expects a life free from responsibility - but he quickly realises his mature outlook puts him at odds with all around him. Comedy, starring Matthew Perry, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann.

Cast & 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)
Maggie Michelle Trachtenberg
Scarlett, aged 17 Allison Miller
Ned, aged 17 Tyler Steelman
Jaime Katerina Graham
Alex Sterling Knight
Jane Masterson Melora Hardin
Director Burr Steers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Apr 2009