17 Again (2009)

17 Again

What could have been a schmaltzy, tired, regurgitated movie with some teen eye candy was not. It was more. I wouldn’t go so far to say that it breathed new life into a well-used premise, but it was touching and heart-warming and real. The relationships and “touching” moments did not feel forced , especially in the scenes when Zac interacts with his “kids.” I think a lot of the credit for this goes to the director and Zac Effron. He has the potential to have leading man chops. He definitely did his part to carry this film. Worth the price of admission.

17 Again
I agree with Penny. This film coulda been all kinds of bad things it really wasn’t. Zac Effron has some acting chops; unfortunately, he overacted quite a bit in several parts, but you can definitely see a future for this unknown. Hee hee. The best parts of the film WERE when the main character was talking to his children, when they didn’t know he was their dad. Those scenes were genuinely moving, and it really makes you think about how a message, delivered by caring peers, is so much more effective sometimes than the same message delivered by a parent, especially when the peer can see things from the teen’s point of view, which this parent could not, until he was 17 again.

I had been super super super tired from lots of work, and looked forward to this movie because I needed a cool, dark, quiet place in which to take a nap. It was a GREAT nap, and when I woke up, I didn’t think I’d missed much. So a good movie to fall asleep during.

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