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17 Again (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy.

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A former high school basketball star gets a second shot at life when he's miraculously transformed into a teenager and offered the opportunity to redefine his future. Back in 1989, Mike O' Donnell (Matthew Perry) had it all; not only was the 17-year-old senior the king of the basketball court, but college scouts were circling as well. But just as Mike's future began to glow brighter than ever before, he sacrificed everything in order to stay by his expectant girlfriend, Scarlet, and be a good father. Nearly 20 years later, Mike has just been passed over for a big promotion at work, his marriage is failing, and his teenage kids can't stand him. His dreams long gone and his family falling apart, Mike takes to staying with his best friend, Ned (Thomas Lennon), a former high school geek-turned-techno billionaire. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Mike is transported back into his teenage body and given the given the unique opportunity to relive his salad days. But while Mike may look 17 again, his thirtysomething outlook at life puts him hopelessly at odds with the class of 2009. When Mike discovers that by attempting to recapture his best years he could risk losing all the best things he ever experienced in life, the time comes to make a decision that could have a drastic impact on both his past and his future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Zac Efron
as Mike O'Donnell
Leslie Mann
as Scarlett O'Donnell
Thomas Lennon
as Ned Gold
Sterling Knight
as Alex O'Donnell
Michelle Trachtenberg
as Maggie O'Donnell
Melora Hardin
as Principal Jane Masterson
Tiya Sircar
as Samantha
Matthew Perry
as Mike O'Donnell (Adult)
Tyler Steelman
as Ned Gold (Teen)
Allison Miller
as Scarlett (Teen)
Randy Gordon
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for 17 Again

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (53)

Endearingly funny.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

It relies primarily on charm and unabashed sweetness that perfectly suits Efron's easy grace.

April 22, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

There was nothing here that was particularly funny, new, or inventive.

April 20, 2009

I was disappointed.

April 20, 2009 | Full Review…

The film is an intoxicating blend of comedy and fantasy that's really difficult to dislike.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wholesome just isn't as wholesome as it used to be.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for 17 Again

Predictable but inventive. Efron is quite charming in this one.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Mike is getting divorced as his wife is fed up with him. He has resented his whole life because it hasn't turned out as he dreamed. When he was a teenager he was popular in school with great potential in basketball. He returns to his school and meets a janitor who grants his wish to return to his youth. He is stuck in his 17 year old hot body. He realises he only wants his wife and family so sets out to win them back. At 17 he is played by the dashing Zac Efron. Very cute! Not the most original storyline but fun none the less. It's a bit like Back to the Future meets 13 again.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


An easy, decent film that is aimed at young girls.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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