REVIEW: ’17 Again’

Cast:
Zac Efron
Leslie Mann
Thomas Lennon
Matthew Perry
Sterling Knight
Michelle Trachtenberg
Rated: PG-13

Not bad Zac Efron, not too bad.

In this twist on a high school comedy, the story centers around Mike (played by Perry and Efron), once a popular basketball star in high school who missed out on a chance to go to college. The film picks up as his life is hitting a rocky point, as he’s in a dead end job, facing divorce and has a bad relationship with his kids.

This changes, though, when he falls into some sort of whirlpool and is suddenly 17 years old again. For this reason, he gets another look at life and a chance to fix his relationships with his family from another angle.

I certainly wasn’t excited walking into “17 Again,” but it turned out to be pretty good picture. The film’s premise has been done before, but the movie actually notes this in its dialogue and riffs on it, too. While the movie does the typical things one would expect from a high school flick, the picture is quite self aware and offers some solid humor.

Most surprising here was Efron, who really had fantastic comedic timing while also displaying some solid emotion from time to time. Once again, I was a bit skeptical because of his background of really only being in Disney stuff, but he had a charming screen presence here.

With that said, the movie’s comedy didn’t always land, with many of the jokes being misses or just plain unrealistic.

Still, “17 Again,” is a fairly fun picture with some good gags and self references that give laughs. High 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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