Movie Monday: April 22, 2009

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17 Again Image One
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Ten years ago, today, the #1 movie at the box office was 17 Again, a comedy starring Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho & Melora Hardin. Released April 17, it was directed by Burr Steers (Gore Vidal‘s nephew).

17 Again Image Two
Image Credit: itunes.apple.com

IMDB Summary:

At 17 Mike O’Donnell is on top of the world: he’s the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But, at what’s supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she’s pregnant. Mike decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her so, she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he’s happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned’s house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost.

Trivia Bits:
♦ Visual effects were not used when Zac Efron does the basketball tricks during the cafeteria scene. He really did accomplish them on his own.
♦ This is a remake of the 1986 Disney TV movie “Young Again” starring a very young Keanu Reeves in one of his earliest roles.
♦ In one scene, Mike wakes up and begins describing his “dream” of being in high school again only to find his daughter, Maggie, caring for him. This is an homage to the counterpart scene in Back to the Future (1985), in which Marty McFly wakes up and finds his teen-aged mother caring for him.

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6 thoughts on “Movie Monday: April 22, 2009

    floatinggold said:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:04 am

    It’s interesting to see how those Disney (?) stars grow up and change.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Keanu certainly grew up nicely. đŸ’˜

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    April 24, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Love watching the older Disney movies and play guess the famous actor game

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 27, 2019 at 11:29 pm

      Apologies. I found your comment in my SPAM folder. *frowning*

      I agree. It’s neat to see a very young Kurt Russell.

    badfinger20 said:
    April 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    This one I’ve never seen…sounds like a cool movie. I like movies like this…and Freaky Friday…I know it’s a little different but it sounds interesting.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 26, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      I’ve never seen it either. It sounds like Big in reverse.

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