17 Again

17 Again
17 Again
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2009
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Zac Efron and Matthew Perry turn the concept of Big on its head in this hilarious teen comedy about a middle-aged father who wakes to find he's 17 Again! But attempting to navigate high school is no easy feat for Mike O'Donnel (Efron--High School Musical, Hairspray and Perry--"Friends") -- especially when your own kids are in attendance and your own teenage daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg) has a crush on you, not realizing who you really are. Directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, "Weeds," "Big Love") and produced by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), this hormonal high-school comedy also features Leslie Mann and Melora Hardin in a script from the writer of Bringing Down the House.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy.
At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz

There was nothing here that was particularly funny, new, or inventive.

March 3, 2019
At the Movies
Ben Lyons

I was disappointed.

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey

Wholesome just isn't as wholesome as it used to be.

March 3, 2019
Hollywood Reporter
Kirk Honeycutt

Despite occasional misfires, this Zac Efron comedy earns its laughs and delivers its life lessons.

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
So-so comedy will amuse young Efron fans more than parents.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that they may want to think twice before letting young tween High School Musical fans see this PG-13 rated comedy, which is edgier than most of star Zac Efron's previous work. There's a scene of teens drinking at a party and a fair number of sexual references. It's generally more talk than action, but there's some making out, a teen girl gets pregnant, and one character hoards condoms. But curse words are few and fairly mild ("ass" and "bitch") and violence is at a minimum (of the two "fight" scenes, one is cartoonish, the other lukewarm). Parents may appreciate the fact that Efron's character implores his fellow teens to make so-called "smart" decisions about sexual activity and college.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:April 17, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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