A genuinely good teen film. Something this generation has been lacking... (by franceseca_orr)
I've just returned from the cinema after watching this film and I have to say, my friends and I laughed like a bunch of hyenas probably to the annoyance of anyone behind us all the way through it. The story of course is nothing original, but you knew that going in, and yes, there are some seemingly ridiculous or stereotypical character setups, again acknowledged beforehand, but the direction and the acting, more than makes up for this. Most of the actors, especially Efron, who proves he's definitely not just a wanna-be pretty boy and actually stores away some talent, play their <more>
parts well. Matthew Perry seemed slightly misplaced, even if he was the reason I went to see the film in the first place. Not to mention the director being Burr Steers who directed one of my favourite films. I could kind of tell how in the wrong hands this movie could have been embarrassingly bad, but Steers manages to balance the right amount of comedy with drama and turn it into something really worth seeing. Efron blew me away. I have to say, I didn't see it coming, and I never thought I'd say such a sentence, but this boy can do better than TV Disney movies. I'm kind of glad he has turned down re-make, Footloose, not only because it's a 're-make of footloose'.On the negative side of things the writing lacked in terms of Mark's relationship with his daughter. The daughter didn't really seem to have a personality, now I'm not totally sure if this is down to Trachtenbergs terrible acting one of very little who deliver poor performances actually or poor character development but something was wrong there.I don't really rate the cinematography, but I don't think it's something to be taken quite seriously in teen films. It's all about the characters and the comedy - but what was up with that image of Zac right before 'Mark' falls into the water? Some interesting choices of music. One of the funniest movies I've seen in a while. Quite moving and Mark is a much more 3 dimensional, well developed character than most PG-13 rated movies you see. I genuinely cared about him, where as, even in Mean Girls, which is particularly hilarious and legendary as far as contemporary teen films go I didn't care too much for any of the characters. It's probably because this film went that little bit further than most and took itself seriously, if only for parts of the movie. It makes a big difference.So, yeah, '17 Again', fairly well written, hilarious, well and sometimes greatly acted and awesome direction for the most part, and a genuinely good, enjoyable and moving film. Take a look and you'll probably be surprised... but don't go in hoping for anything Oscar worthy. I get the impression there is only so much a director can do with a film like '17 Again' and he did it alright.Trustworthy director and impressive lead, I'd say. Can make all the difference.p.s. I'd also watch out for that Sterling Knight actor - he plays Marks awkward son. He gave a genuinely good performance also.
Why does this movie have only a six? Is it because of Efron? I thought this movie was just smart and not lacking in any way. The script was hilarious and had a full good plot line, the casting was great Zac Efron really made you believe he was married with children... looking 17! and even the smaller roles were really great additions. I've seen this movie thrice and trust me, it's not just for Efron which I assume is why people are hating on it - stop the bias! , it's genuinely well written, directed, acted... etc. Brilliant! Will see again... 17 Again.
Zac Efron And Margaret Cho ... A Gay Dream (by caseyluvsmadonna-1)
Okay I am sick of people saying that this is just the same movie that had been done over and over because it's NOT! I will admit I love Zac Efron ... I'm a gay man ... we all do! Speaking of gay ... this movie had huge gay appeal ... Zac Efron and Margaret Cho she makes an appearance as a teacher . You get to see Zac shirtless in the beginning and his body is so perfect it looks fake. Zac can definitely carry a movie by himself. This is not a kids movie ... so don't bring your five year olds to the movie ... take them to Hannah Montana. If you are a girl or a gay man ... GO SEE <more>
THIS MOVIE! Casey Coben www.myspace.com/madonna_obsession
17 Again was nothing I expected. The trigger that made me actually go and watch it in the Cinema was the fact that the jokes shown on the trailers were hilarious. The film was better.I was laughing so much, that I missed in between dialogue by some of the characters and it was the perfect film to help you unwind after doing a days worth of work or revision.When the opening scene started, I was so worried that the whole film was going to turn out as some kind of adaptation of high school musical and there'd be a song every 15 minutes. But it wasn't the case.This Movie really proved <more>
that Efron is not an Amateur who just dances and sings a lot. It proved he is a skilled Actor and his acting brought back memories of Chandler in Friends. In some places, he seemed so much like Matthew Perry which is difficult to pull off for most Amateur actors.The only reason I didn't give this movie a 10 out of 10 is because some people I watched this movie with believed it had an 'abrupt ending' but I thought you can't have too much of a good thing.
I went into this a little dubious, unable to get tickets for anything else but set on seeing something - I walked out glad nothing was available! First off, the casting is brilliant with the teenage and adult versions of each of the main 3 characters. Secondly, it proves that Zac Efron really can act, not just sing, dance and play basketball although they do flaunt the latter two talents of these within the first 10 minutes . Finally, it's original. Although reminding me, and probably everyone who's reading this, of films like Freaky Friday, 13 Going On 30, Big, etc, just being the <more>
opposite way in age, it really makes good use of the comedy this situation brings, but doesn't rely on it or overplay on it.Basically, as long as you're not an Efron-hater, you should walk out of this film not feeling at all ashamed that you'd just watched a film with over 100 ten to fourteen year old girls!
At first glance this appears to be a film that will primarily attract fans of High School Musical, i.e. the most part teenage or young girls, but don't get me wrong as they will make up a large proportion of the fans of this movie, but I feel this film has a lot more to offer. It may possess a somewhat predictable storyline that we have seen a couple of times before, but if you are looking for a lighthearted film to keep you entertained throughout, this will do the job. Zac Efron shows us he is more than the "all-singing-all-dancing" charmer from High School Musical, he nails <more>
this performance. His character is believable throughout showing audiences he is a true actor, not a franchise and will hopefully lose some of the stigma he attracted in the role of Troy Bolton. Co-stars also but in a good performance including Matthew Perry although not getting much air time still played a valid role in the film as an entirety. Great watch for all the family, I definitely recommend this one!
The storyline was very well done and enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised at this movie. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy the movie.Zac Efron did a really decent acting job. I honestly thought it would be High School Musical-like but it turned out to be a nice movie to watch. If he keeps up the good work and takes it to the next level, he can really be an A level quality star. Zac is no Matthew Macfadden yet but there is potential.There are two recasts I would have done. Matthew Perry wasn't fully right for this role. He has a comedic bent but it wasn't used at all in this movie <more>
- hence a total waste and was a mismatch from a character perspective. I think John Stamos would have been better. Also Michelle Trachtenberg playing the teenager was a bit much. Trachtenberg is a solid actress but for a teenager, a different actress would have been better.It is a very nice movie and I usually rate a movie on whether it's worth paying full price, matinée, video store, Netflix or don't bother. The movie was worth paying full price.
So I saw an advanced screening. I didn't expect much, but it was actually pretty good! It might be a plot line that has been seen a lot, but this one is actually entertaining. People have compared it to "13 going to 30" but trust me, this one is much better. It has comedy and drama, my sister teared up in one part. Thomas Lennon is pretty funny, Leslie Man always the scene stealer and of course Zac Efron. HE CAN ACT. If you didn't think he was hot before wait until you watch the movie and acts like a real person, not a goody goody fake teenager from "High School <more>
Musical" though he was the best performer in that movie I'm not hating on High School Musical I found it entertaining. I recommend "17 Again" for adults and mature children.
"17 Again" has been done before in "Big", "13 Going On 30" and one of my favorite movies, "The Kid". That being said: I really liked "17 Again". This is a star vehicle for teen heart-throb Zac Efron. Okay, the movie opens cheesy with ripped Efron shooting baskets in 1989 as high school star point guard Mike O'Donnell, highly recruited by colleges. Efron also impresses in a dance number with the cheerleaders. It's a good kind of cheese.In director Burr Steers and writer Jason Filardi's "17 Again" older Mike sympathetic <more>
Matthew Perry gets a chance to be 17 again with the assistance of spiritual guide Janitor Brian Doye-Murray . Efron is really good here displaying charm, humor, and surprising depth and compassion. There is a scene where the young Mike Efron consoles his daughter Maggie vulnerable Michelle Trachtenberg over her heartbreak, "When you're young everything seems like it's the end of the world, but it's not " "17 Again" has a certain bitter sweet and affirming resonance. In a light hearted way "17 Again" is about the choices we make in life and how we foster greatness for the ones we love. "17 Again" works, because of the solid Efron and the amazing Leslie Mann as Mike's estranged wife Scarlett.Mike Perry is currently living with his wealthy high school bud Ned hysterical Thomas Lennon . Ned is the genius, who invented the software that prevents music piracy, and also the guy who made piracy possible. Mike's wife Scarlett Leslie Mann has filed for divorce, and he barely knows his two teenage kids Maggie Trachtenberg and Alex Sterling Knight . Mike has a job he hates. After a devastating day at work Mike visits his high school that Maggie and Alex now attend. He expresses his yearning to be 17 again in his glory days to the Janitor Doyle-Murray . Having ice cream with his kids, he finds out the Maggie got into Georgetown and Alex lies to him about trying out for the basketball team.There is a wonderful scene as Leslie Mann discards Mike's belongings in a wood chipper. Mike confesses, "I have been so disappointed with my life " Mann's Scarlett has had to endure this for 18 years of marriage. Mike said he felt obligated. Broken hearted Scarlett concedes, "Don't do me any favors." From here "17 Again" charts a familiar course as Mike becomes the 17 year-old Efron. What keeps it in engaging is Mike's epiphany that his travel back is really about "helping Alex and Maggie". Mike discovers that Alex is a punching boy for bully Stan jerky Hunter Parrish , who is captain of the basketball team. Stan is also Maggie's boyfriend. Alex is really a great kid with a good 3 point shot, and sweet on head cheerleader Nicole pretty Josie Lopez . Maggie is the smart and big hearted teen defining herself in the world. Both Knight and Trachtenberg are authentic and very good.The supporting performances are strong. Thomas Lennon as Ned is hilarious and charmingly nerdy. His Jedi Knight duel with young Mike Efron is hysterical. Ned also poses as Mike's Dad. Ultimately this works as he pursues the affections of the stunning and funny Melora Hardin as Principal Masterson. I was dying when Lennon and Hardin were talking in Tolkien Elfish at dinner.We stick with the movie, because of Efron and Mann, who are compelling and display a goofy and touching chemistry. Efron is good looking and charming. Mann is smart, sexy, and funny. There is a funny sequence as Mann tells Efron that she is not into the whole "cougar" and "Mothers I like to " deal. Efron has a moment of solace as his Mike sees the beautiful garden Scarlett designed. The two have a lot of fun with an inappropriate tango of sorts. It's this kind of spirit, fun and touching humanity that make "17 Again" so entertaining and worth watching.