It’s Good to be 17 Again
There have been a bunch of body-switch movies before like Big, Freaky Friday, 13 Going on 30 and the classic 80s movie 18 Again with George Burns. At first I thought 17 Again would be a remake of the latter but I was wrong.
17 Again is about the adult Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) and his wish to go back to high school and change the course of his life. Then one day he woke up and became his younger self again, played by Zac Efron. It might sound simple except he has two kids (Michelle Trachtenberg and Sterling Knight) and a wife (Leslie Mann) to deal with.
With the help of his best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon) posing as his father, the teen Mike (Zac Efron) enrolls in high school and discovered his son being bullied by the basketball captain, who is dating his daughter as well. To make things complicated, his daughter has a crush on him.
Seeing Efron play ball on screen again gave me flashbacks of High School Musical but that’s the only resemblance it had with the Disney Movie. I used to think that Zac Efron is all hype because of HSM but he could really act and proved this in 17 Again.
I’ve been a Matthew Perry fan since Friends and it’s good to see him in a funny movie again. He did a good job as the older Zac Efron although I can’t see any similarity between the two. Also deserving a special mention for their performance are Michelle Trachtenberg and Leslie Mann.
Mike O’ Donnell (Zac Efron): Scarlet, before you go through this, I want to remind you of September 7th, 1988. It was the first time that I saw you. You were reading Less Than Zero, and you were wearing a Guns ‘n’ Roses t-shirt. I’d never seen anything so perfect. I remember thinking that I had to have you or I’d die… then you whispered that you loved me at the homecoming dance, and I felt so peaceful… and safe… because I knew that no matter what happened, from that day on, nothing can ever be that bad… because I had you. And then I, uh… I grew up and I lost my way. And I blamed you for my failures. And I know that you think you have to do this today… but I don’t want you to. But I guess… if I love you, I should let you move on.
Just like what happened before, Mike had the chance to win the championship game but he still ran after Scarlett because he realized that going after her the first time was the best decision he ever made. Being 17 again made him realize that his life was not a failure and he turned back into his adult self. If only people realize the positive things instead of seeing all negative in their lives then everyone would be happy.
17 Again is a classic transformation story that’s entertaining with lots of funny parts. I was surprised that I enjoyed this one and would recommend it for everyone.