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17 AGAIN

Mike O`Donnell was once the most popular guy in high school - handsome, charming, the star of the basketball team, with a college scholarship in his future and a lifetime of experience that baffles even his closest friends. That was then, this is now - or is it? A magical transformation finds Mike reliving his past in the present day as a 17-year-old in the same high school he attended 20 years ago. However, this time around, his own teenage kids are his peers and his wife is the unsuspecting object of his affection.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 16 Apr 2009
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Matthew Perry, Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Michelle Trachtenberg
Director: Burr Steers
Format: NA

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Writer: Lai Swee Wei

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Watch this if you liked: “13 Going On 30,” “Never Been Kissed,” “High School Musical” series

Just when Zac Efron has graduated from high school, here he is pulled back into his senior year for "17 Again." The heartthrob plays a 17-year-old high school senior Mike O'Donnell, who is living a charmed life in 1989. Handsome, popular and the hero of his basketball team, Mike is about to take the court for the big game that will make or break his future. But at that moment, his girlfriend, Scarlet breaks the news that she is pregnant and Mike makes a crucial decision. What a dreamy start for every girl - a boy who gives up his own future for his knocked-up girlfriend. So 20 years later, 37-year-old Mike's (Matthew Perry) bright future has been overshadowed by a failing marriage, a dead end job and two teenage kids whom he barely has connections with. Then questions of, "What if...?" comes into play.

Efron maintains his dreamy presence that made the tweens scream in the "High School Musical" series - those crystal blue eyes, define cheekbones and that charming smile. His energy still remains and you can see the actor bust a move in the beginning of the film bringing back good memories of "High School Musical." He just has that natural enthusiasm for dance and you can see it in his body movements. And speaking of body, the actor does justice to his masculine build by flaunting his upper body occasionally.

Efron also enjoys a couple of amusing scenes here as a grown-up as he connects with Leslie Mann, who plays Scarlet, in a way that is very well done till it brings this reviewer to an uncomfortable state of mind. Uneasiness due to the taboo thought of a young man and an older lady having a romantic vibe going on. Either that or it was the thought of Efron and Mann being too close for comfort.

Another character to look out for is Ned (Thomas Lennon) who has an unparalleled collection of sci-fi memorabilia. Ned is a hilarious character that will have you laughing at how geeky yet adorable he is, especially when he meets the person of his dreams, Principal Jane (Melora Hardin). The scenes when they're together are priceless foretelling what a match-made in heaven they are.

"17 Again" cooks up the usual cliche depiction of high school life: the jocks, the nerds, awkward cafeteria moments and an out-of-control house party. Projecting the ultimate message of - be grateful for how things have turned out and not look back in the past with 'what ifs' - watching it once is good enough.

Cinema Online, 05 June 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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