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17 Again

Family . Drama . Comedy

On the brink of a midlife crisis, 30-something Mike O'Donnell wishes he could have a "do-over." And that's exactly what he gets when he wakes up one morning to find he's 17 years old again. With his adult mind stuck inside the body of a teenager, Mike actually has the chance to reverse some decisions he wishes he'd never made. But maybe they weren't so bad after all.

Actors: Tiya Sircar , Kat Graham , Thomas Lennon , Sterling Knight , Michelle Trachtenberg , Allison Miller , Tyler Steelman , Matthew Perry , Leslie Mann , Zac Efron
Directors: Burr Steers
Country: USA
Release: 2009-04-17
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  • Roger Ebert

    Pleasant, harmless PG-13 entertainment, with a plot a little more surprising and acting a little better than I expected.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Though there's nothing revolutionary about 17 Again, the movie is undeniably enjoyable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    While the movie feels shelf-worn, Efron's performance is fresh.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Often silly but it's an honest, unselfconscious exploration of the conflict between a man's physical and psychological age.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) doesn't always have a firm handle on what is and isn't appropriate; the film makes a few sharp detours into misogyny, and the level of smuttiness is surprisingly high, which may be a function of Efron wanting to grow away from his core audience too fast.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    The ancient body-switching premise is animated by a breezy script that briefly addresses some of its darker implications.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    For a swoon-fest aimed at tweens, 17 Again has a lot going for it.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Krista Soriano

    In the scenes where Efron isn't on screen, things tend to get boring. Plus, we could've lived without having watched so many scenes where Zac is showing off his basketball skills.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As a remake of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Back to the Future," the movies it borrows from most heavily, the relive-your-senior-year comedy 17 Again falls a little short of the mark. But as a funny, sweet and smart star vehicle tailored for Zac "High School Musical" Efron, it's right on the money.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though Mann and Perry are game, it's Efron who carries the movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Works better than you might imagine at times but stumbles awkwardly other times. The unevenness in the writing is matched by directorial overkill in certain comic sequences.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This laugh-starved twist on "Big" and the many lesser body-swapping comedies of the era is basically a lecture on sexual abstinence.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie itself is petrified meatloaf. It's a body-transference comedy in the vein of "Big," "Freaky Friday," and other candidates for Turner Classics.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The movie doesn't come close to the family-friendly comedic pseudo-incest flirted with in "Back to the Future." That, apparently, is deemed too unsettling for today's audiences. So 17 Again none-too-cleverly tap dances around these issues.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    This mix of titillation and sentimentality can pass as family entertainment because 17 Again is so weightless, a succession of one-liners, sincere monologues and logical absurdities.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Though remaining sweet and tasty, Efron, in his first non-singing and dancing feature film proves he has an agreeable and kinetic screen presence, although his ability to convince us he's truly a 37-year-old encased in a 17-year-old's body is dramatically dubious.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's often breezily entertaining. Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The director, Burr Steers, whose other credits include “Igby Goes Down” and stints directing TV shows, keeps people and things moving fast enough so that you don’t have time to worry about the details, like the inanity of the story.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Zac Efron's squeaky-clean tweener-bait profile is unlikely to be threatened by 17 Again, an energetic but earthbound comic fantasy that borrows a few moves, if little inspiration, from "Big" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

    Variety Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Engaging but pedestrian comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The result is a slack do-over fantasy in which Zac Efron, as a basketball star, looks baffled as to why he hasn't been asked to sing and dance.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    What I can't accept is that the stringy, insipidly earnest teen idol Zac Efron would grow up to be the defensively ironic, twisty-faced Matthew Perry.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie's heart, of course, is with poor addled Mike and his kids, but 17 Again works only fitfully to make the Efron/Perry character worth a story.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    17 Again errs not only by covering such well-trod ground, but also by doing so through a main character - played by a game but ill-served Zac Efron - who's about as dense as they come.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Director Burr Steers, of the terrific "Igby Goes Down," is stuck polishing clichès.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Perry Seibert

    Never figures out what it wants to be, and ends up a jumbled mess that nobody wants.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    If this is one small step for the actor (Efron) toward becoming a leading man, it is, for Hollywood movies, one more giant leap into infantilism.

    Village Voice Full Review
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