|Directed by||Jeffrey W. Byrd|
|Produced by||Brandon Bates
Stewart St. John
|Written by||Stewart St. John|
|Music by||Christopher Franke
|Cinematography||John P. Tarver|
|Edited by||Jeffrey Cooper|
|Distributed by||Showtime Networks|
|Release dates||November 12, 2000|
|Running time||97 minutes|
Seventeen Again is a fantasy–comedy film. It first aired on Showtime on November 12, 2000, and was released on DVD on April 9, 2002. The films stars Sister Sister's Tia & Tamera, and their brother Tahj Mowry from Smart Guy. The film was directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd.
When the Donovan family moves from California to Connecticut, 17-year-old Sydney (Tia Mowry) finds it is not easy being in a new town away from her old friends. However, she soon develops a crush on a classmate while trying to compete with his older sister, who dislikes her and criticizes her anyway she can. Her 12-year-old genius brother Willie (Tahj Mowry) is happy as long as he can tinker in his lab with his increasingly complex experiments. Willie is convinced he can defeat the aging process, and while devising an experimental anti-aging formula, he accidentally spills some on a bar of soap.
When his grandmother Cat (Hope Clarke) mistakenly uses the tainted soap, she's transformed into a 17-year-old (Tamera Mowry). Her ex-husband Gene (Robert Hooks) follows suit, and is also returned to his teenaged self (Mark Taylor).
Cat and Gene are having a fine time reliving their youth and enjoying the thrill of teenage romance, but there's a fly in the ointment—Willie learns his formula could have deadly side effects, and now he must discover an antidote to return his grandparents to their older but healthy bodies. At the end of the movie, Gene asks Cat to marry him again after their crazy experience. Cat says yes. The film was edited, cutting several scenes, to be viewed on Disney Channel.
- Tia Mowry as Sydney Donovan
- Tamera Mowry as Young Cat Donovan
- Mark Taylor as Young Gene Donovan
- Tahj Mowry as Willie Donovan
- Hope Clarke as Cat Donovan
- Robert Hooks as Gene Donovan
- Merwin Mondesir as Todd
- Phillip Jarrett as Barry Donovan
- Tonya Lee Williams as Monique Donovan
- Maia Campbell as Ashley
- Daryn Jones as Terrance
- Novie Edwards as Julie
Seventeen Again was filmed on location in Toronto, Canada. The school scenes were filmed at Eastern High School.
Awards and nominations
|2000||American Black Film Festival||Won||Best Work in Progress||Jeffrey W. Byrd|
|2001||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Family TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Cable||
|Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress||Tia and Tamera Mowry|
|Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Supporting Young Actor||Tahj Mowry|
Seventeen Again has a 6.3/10 rating on the Internet Movie Database.