17 Again

Published October 14, 2020

17 Again

Film info

  • Title 17 Again
  • Director Burr Steers
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline Who says you're only young once?

If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirty something Mike O'Donnell would. Then one mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his chance. He's suddenly back at Hayden High where he's the star of the basketball team, a total hottie and a classmate to his own teenage kids... which gives Mike a chance ot go from not-so-good Dad to really cool friend.

Live blog

1:21How bad does that coach want to say ‘get your head in the game.’
6:26Haha, he said ‘we’re in this together.’
9:28“What’s crack-a-lacking?” That’s not going to catch on.
13:35Haha, ears in and it’s not even plugged into anything. I like her style.
15:54“What kind of bridesmaid would I be if I didn’t hold your hand during the divorce?”
18:37Dude, Ned sleeps in the best bed ever!!
20:08Trying not to constantly compare, but honestly. Big never had a light saber battle in it.
31:16I always find it weird these kids driving to school, Audi or not.
36:17Gaffa tape fixes and ruins everything.
41:18Teenage boy food is disgusting.
43:35Thank god someone recognises him!
51:56“I’ll just get you a shovel then?” Sounds like she could use the shovel.
54:24That garden is amazing.
1:01:23“This is some other dad’s problem.”
1:12:11“I don’t know how to act… normal.” Aww, same!
1:16:22No way did the Elves come up with a word for arugula.
1:23:29Love the way the judge said “let’s pretend that’s real.”
1:33:36“You’re the best decision I ever made, I just forgot.”


We were looking for something really trashy to watch and thought this upside down take on Big might be the one. However, I wasn’t expecting it to actually be very good! I think our low expectations made it seem better than it actually was, but still, it stood up! The premise of the magical janitor was a bit rubbish, but I think the writers were like ‘we can’t beat Zoltar so let’s just get it over with’.

Once the flip happens, it’s a lot of fun. Ned is a great sidekick, although his harrassment of the headteacher is a bit much. Zac Efron is his charming self, although it does have that slight Back to the Future problem of crossing familial lines.

Still, every time we thought there might be a flaw “surely the mum would recognise her high school sweetheart?” they sorted it (she did!). Not perfect but far more entertaining than it had any right to be.

Rating: 3 / 5

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