REVIEW: 17 AGAIN
What would you do if you got a second shot
at life? Class of 1989, Mike O'Donnell is a star on his high
school basketball court with a college scout in the stands
and a bright future in his grasp. But instead, he decides to
throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend
Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting.
Almost 20 years later, Mike's glory days are decidedly
behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he
has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage
kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to
crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire
best friend Ned. But Mike is given another chance when he is
miraculously transformed back to the age of 17.
Unfortunately, Mike may look 17 again, but his
thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool in the class of
2009. And in trying to recapture his best years, Mike could
lose the best things that ever happened to him.
REVIEW: So here we
go ďAgainĒ. Nah, not really, this movie is a lot of fun even
though it is an overdone theme. How many times have you seen
this typical story where a personís fate/destiny is twisted
in order to teach a lesson? This movie does follow the same
pattern but it does seem a little different too. Plus the
fact that Iíll admit . . . Iím a sucker for this kind of
story. Iíve enjoyed a lot of them and this was no exception.
I did go in not expecting a whole lot because of its typical
storyline but I was impressed and entertained. The film was
cute, touching, quite funny, with good life lessons, and a
good cast that meshed very well. I was most impressed by Zac
Efron, who plays the lead role of Mike OíDonnell as a teen.
I really havenít seen a lot of his work so I didnít know
what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. He actually
carried the movie quite well. Donít get me wrong, Iím not
giving him an Oscar or anything, but he wasnít cheesy or
lame as I thought he might be. He actually delivered a
convincing role. Matthew Perry plays the adult counterpart
and Matthew really doesnít get a chance to shine due to the
small role. On the other hand, Mike OíDonnellís lifelong
best friend, Ned Gold as an adult, was played by Thomas
Lennon and he was right on as usual. He has done some
incredible supporting role work in comedies throughout his
career and this one can go near the top. You can also put
Leslie Mann in that category of unsung comedic heroes, or in
this case heroine. She plays Mikeís wife Scarlett and again,
as always, she delivers a gem.
One aspect of this movie that surprisingly helped accentuate
these sharp roles was the wardrobe used for the characters.
After Mike becomes 17 again, his outfit choice for his first
day back at school is interesting to say the least. Luckily
he tones down to a more acceptable modern day, laid back,
high school style. But top honors goes to nerdy, but filthy
rich Ned whose eccentric ensembles take him outside the box
of normality and add to the comedic effectiveness of his
performance. By the way, it really does help to have a
filthy rich best friend. It adds a lot more flavor to the
movie such as in the use of certain automobiles. For
example, Ned hooks up Mike with a gorgeous Audi R8 to drive
to school. In another scene you see Ned driving a yellow
Lamborghini. Sorry, but I do so enjoy these little details.
You can tell that Director Burr Steers paid attention to
detail in this motion picture. This could have easily been
one of those mass produced, cranked out, cookie cutter
movies with some audience attracting names to just make a
few bucks and go. Well this movie is more than that. This
being only his second major motion picture direction, not a
bad job at all by Mr. Steers. If you like the destiny
twisting stories, I can safely recommend this movie to you.
Review By Cine Marcos
MORE MOVIE REVIEWS
Submit Your Movie Review