Burr Steers, USA, 2009, 102 min
17 Again is the story of Mike O’Donnell, a one-time high school basketball superstar who finds himself with two kids he barely knows and on the brink of divorce with his high school sweetheart. He longs to relive his golden days and in supremely predictable cinematic fashion has his wish granted. The rejuvinated and newly 17 again Mike O’Donnell makes the most of this second chance by enrolling in his children’s high school, where he gets to know his children, falls back in love with his wife, realizes how great his life was before and blah blah blah crap crap crap.
Listen, you’ve already seen this movie about a thousand times. Sure, maybe Mr. Destiny didn’t have a very awkward incestuous love triangle. Maybe the girls in it weren’t as hot as the women in The Family Man. Ultimately, however, it was the same movie. It was fun in parts, but pointless and uninspired when you get right down to it. There really isn’t much to say about it. If you’ve seen the movies mentioned above or any of the countless other movies with a similar theme, you’ve seen this movie too.
One last note: if you’re thinking of making a film, don’t have Lisa Beach and Sarah Katzman take care of the casting for you. Seriously, could they have come up with a less likely pairing than Zac Efron and Matthew Perry for a youth-to-adult progression? I mean, I’m sure Zac Efron is about to be the newest big star or something and Matthew Perry was, well, he was probably just sitting on his couch in his underwear at the time, but the look absolutely NOTHING like each other. What’s the common thread, brown hair? If I looked like Zac Efron as a teen and ended up looking like Matthew Perry, I’d be pretty pissed about how my life turned out too. Thank God I’m much prettier than either of them and will be able to play both versions of myself when my biopic is finally unleashed upon the world.