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17 Again (DVD)
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]]>
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Recommended for family viewing, although parental guidance is always necessary. After all, the mom, Scarlett O'Donnell, did get pregnant when she was in her senior year of high school.
This movie kept the essence of the original story. Zac Efron was new to me, but I found him appealing and talented.
Good movie without in-your-face sex, or gruesome violence.
However, I am personally annoyed with so many movies that show teenagers being disrespectful to and about their parents; acting dumb; being cruel and mean spirited; but the movie writers approve that behavior with lines like, "They're teenagers". Why is that supposed to justify bad behavior?
Being a teenager should not be some excuse for not being & doing your best, showing respect where due, being responsible for one's own actions.
Maybe I am too old to understand, but it seems like movies are helping to create these types of young adults who will grow into the same type of adults.
Mike O'Donnell is a married adult with two teenage kids and wife who is finalizing her divorce with Mike. All of a sudden, in some mysterious magical way, Mike is tranformed into a teenager and he goes back to high school to relive his glory days as a basketball star. The adult Mike is played by Matthew Perry and the young "17 Again" Mike is played by Zac Efron.
This movie is obviously meant as a showcase for Zac Efron. He demonstrates his incredible basketball skills, as well as his fine acting talent in this comedy. There are numerous comedic situations involving young Mike, including scenes with his son. For example, in a reversal of roles, the son corrects the father, especially when young Mike ogles his older wife. Too much looking and young Mike gets a rap in the head with a basketball or gets squirted with water from his son.
Leslie Mann plays the wife and mom, and she does it with a delicate balance. Mom, (Ms. O' Donnell), is gracious and usually keeps just enough distance from young Mike to make it believable. Ms. Mann's acting is nuanced and her character is soft, gentle, and slightly off balanced, but in a sweet and ditzy way.
Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Smack. Count them. That's a total of eight smacks. I was cracking up when young Mike was smacked in the face by his wife, his daughter, three beautiful teenage girls, and by his nerdy, best friend. I just had to watch these scenes again and again as it was just so funny.
Enough punishment for Zac Efron and praising of Leslie Mann, just watch this comedy and you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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