17 Again (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

17 Again (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 father. Nearly 20 years later, Mike has just been passed over for a big promotion at work, his marriage is failing, and his teenage kids can't stand him. His dreams long gone and his family falling apart, Mike takes to staying with his best friend, Ned (Thomas Lennon), a former high school geek-turned-techno billionaire. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Mike is transported back into his teenage body and given the given the unique opportunity to relive his salad days. But while Mike may look 17 again, his thirtysomething outlook at life puts him hopelessly at odds with the class of 2009. When Mike discovers that by attempting to recapture his best years he could risk losing all the best things he ever experienced in life, the time comes to make a decision that could have a drastic impact on both his past and his future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for language, some sexual material and teen partying)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Filardi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 11, 2009
Box Office: $64.1M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Zac Efron
as Mike O'Donnell
Leslie Mann
as Scarlett O'Donnell
Thomas Lennon
as Ned Gold
Sterling Knight
as Alex O'Donnell
Michelle Trachtenber...
as Maggie O'Donnell
Melora Hardin
as Principal Jane Maste...
Tiya Sircar
as Samantha
Matthew Perry
as Mike O'Donnell (Adul...
Tyler Steelman
as Ned Gold (Teen)
Allison Miller
as Scarlett (Teen)
Randy Gordon
as Photographer
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News & Interviews for 17 Again

Critic Reviews for 17 Again

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (39)

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.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
Florida Times-Union

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

Full Review… | August 31, 2009

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2009
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
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Audience Reviews for 17 Again

Predictable but inventive. Efron is quite charming in this one.

Wildaly M

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

17 Again Quotes

Janitor: Wondering what might have been.
– Submitted by Kaye E (3 years ago)
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 me.....at the homecoming dance. And I felt.....so 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 (3 years ago)
Alex O'Donnell: And, um, I just want to tell you that you look like my dog.
Nicole: Excuse me?
Alex O'Donnell: Your hair looks like my dog's hair.
Nicole: Oh, um...
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.
Nicole: So I look like your dead dog?
Alex O'Donnell: I'm just really nervous, and I've wanted to talk to you for so long.
– Submitted by Jayathra L (3 years ago)
Scarlet O'Donnell: [squeezing young Mike's face] You look just like my husband...
– Submitted by Diego T (4 years ago)

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