17 Again (film)

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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
Michelle Trachtenberg
Matthew Perry
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Editing by Padraic McKinley
Studio Offspring Entertainment
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • April 17, 2009 (2009-04-17)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[1]
Box office $136,267,476[2]

17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows 37-year-old Mike (Matthew Perry) who becomes a 17-year-old high school student (Zac Efron) after a chance accident. The film also features Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Matthew Perry in supporting roles. The film was released in the United States on April 17, 2009.

Plot[edit]

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 37 years 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 worker. He gets fired from his job 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 clear inappropriateness. At the same time, he must fend off Maggie's amorous advances.

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, reunites with Scarlet, and is hired as the high school's new basketball coach.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

17 Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by 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[edit]

  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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Fritz (April 20, 2009). "'17 Again' is No. 1 at weekend box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b "17 Again (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Mike O'Donnell is 37". HBO Movies. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  4. ^ 17 Again at Rotten Tomatoes Flixster
  5. ^ "17 Again Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  6. ^ Chicago Sun-Times http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090415/REVIEWS/904159991 |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ Fritz, Ben (2009-04-17). "Zac Efron and '17 Again' expected to rule box office". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Variety http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118002579/ |url= missing title (help). 
  9. ^ "17 Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 

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