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17 Again (2009)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 64

Though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 21

Though it uses a well-worn formula, 17 Again has just enough Zac Efron charm to result in a harmless, pleasurable teen comedy.



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A former high school basketball star gets a second shot at life when he's miraculously transformed into a teenager and offered the opportunity to redefine his future. Back in 1989, Mike O' Donnell (Matthew Perry) had it all; not only was the 17-year-old senior the king of the basketball court, but college scouts were circling as well. But just as Mike's future began to glow brighter than ever before, he sacrificed everything in order to stay by his expectant girlfriend, Scarlet, and be a good


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Aug 11, 2009


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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (64) | DVD (14)

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

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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I was disappointed.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (3)
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Wholesome just isn't as wholesome as it used to be.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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17 Again makes the '80s comedies on which it's modeled seem positively cutting-edge by comparison.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Despite occasional misfires, this Zac Efron comedy earns its laughs and delivers its life lessons.

April 17, 2009
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I found him a sympathetic, and strangely believable, middle-aged dad.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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The good news is Efron can carry a movie on his own; he just needs to be more picky about what he chooses ... despite some good scenes, the script is too lazy for anyone to really save.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

It knows it has one thing going for it: teen idol Zac Efron. So it shows off that boy from beginning to end: shaggy hair, dreamy eyes, etc. ... '17 Again' is a virtual Efronathon, and I can't imagine his fans complaining.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Efron's adequate but completely anonymous work keep this from achieving true liftoff.

August 31, 2009 Full Review Source:

17 Again is a reasonably entertaining time at the theater, offering something both for youngsters ... and for their parents.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

While it's not in the same classic league, the movie has a nice Back to the Future vibe to it.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...ultimately fits comfortably within the pantheon of above-average body-switching comedies.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Efron, whose biggest onscreen drawback is his ever-changing '60s mod hairdo, owns almost every moment, milking the minimal laughs available while playing up the material's maudlin strengths.

August 9, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's cute and sweet and generally inoffensive.

August 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Zac Efron couldn't ask for a more flattering breakout vehicle than the charming 17 Again

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

I'd never be 17 again.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (2)
3BlackChicks Review

17 Again manages to squeeze more than a little life from the old "switch-movie" trope, along the way transforming itself into a sweet and amusing comedy.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

17 Again manages to be very sweet and romantic for the most part, and despite the fetishizing of living in the past, it really more about being responsible for one's choices and grateful for what one has.

May 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina

perhaps the movie should be called, "The Film You've Seen 17 Times Before, Again."

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

Mesa mesa sto syrfeto ton klise, an ton antekseis, ehei stigmes aprosdokita (kai abola) komikes, haritomena (kai sygkratimena) paihnidia me MILFs kai cougars kai ermineies kalodehoymena aksioprepeis

May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
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Efron's presence can't disguise a movie patched together by people who apparently didn't read beyond the pitch.

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Finally admit to yourself Zac Efron may just have the stuff to make it big. Do it. Do it NOW.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source: The Movie Kit | Comment (1)
The Movie Kit

'17 Again' demonstrates that Effron has rightfully earned some of the rampant adulation that has come his way.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Derivative to be sure, but smarter and funnier than expected with some good life lessons along the way.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

You won't see much new, but you'll enjoy every moment of it.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Gazette (MD)

Efron makes th emost of the stale script, but there's not that much to be made of it.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for 17 Again

Predictable but inventive. Efron is quite charming in this one.
June 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

Mike is getting divorced as his wife is fed up with him. He has resented his whole life because it hasn't turned out as he dreamed. When he was a teenager he was popular in school with great potential in basketball. He returns to his school and meets a janitor who grants his wish to return to his youth. He is stuck in his 17 year old hot body. He realises he only wants his wife and family so sets out to win them back. At 17 he is played by the dashing Zac Efron. Very cute! Not the most original storyline but fun none the less. It's a bit like Back to the Future meets 13 again.
March 20, 2013
Candy Rose

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An easy, decent film that is aimed at young girls.
October 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Janitor: Wondering what might have been.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (21 months ago)
    1. Mike O'Donnell (17 years): ...I want to remind you of September 7th, 1988. It was the first time that I saw you. You were reading Less Than Zero. You were wearing a Guns N' Roses T-shirt I'd never seen anything so perfect. I remember thinking that I had to have you, or I'd die. Then you whispered that you loved the homecoming dance. And I peaceful.....and safe. Because I knew that no matter what happened from that day on.....nothing could ever be that bad. Because I had you.
    – Submitted by Jayathra L (2 years ago)
    1. Alex O'Donnell: And, um, I just want to tell you that you look like my dog.
    2. Nicole: Excuse me?
    3. Alex O'Donnell: Your hair looks like my dog's hair.
    4. Nicole: Oh, um...
    5. Alex O'Donnell: No, it's shiny and soft. We give my dog special food. It's got flax in it. She's a sweetheart. Well, she died.
    6. Nicole: So I look like your dead dog?
    7. Alex O'Donnell: I'm just really nervous, and I've wanted to talk to you for so long.
    – Submitted by Jayathra L (2 years ago)
    1. Scarlet O'Donnell: [squeezing young Mike's face] You look just like my husband...
    – Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
    1. Ned Gold: Okay, that's not safe or sanitary. That's your can now. We'll label it like that.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Ned Gold: I think our hands just made a baby.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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