17 Again movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Older kids, teens and plenty of adults will enjoy this teen comedy. Fans of Zac Efron will love 17 Again the most, but it’s best for ages 12+ due to some mild content.


Ungrateful for how his life turned out, Mike O’Donnell makes a wish to be 17 again to improve it. One day, he wakes up to find that his wish has been granted.

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Movie details

Director: Burr Steers
Cast: Zac Efron, Sterling Knight, Leslie Mann, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Melora Hardin, Hunter Parrish
Writer: Jason Filardi
Release Date (Australia): 9 April 2009
Runtime: 102 minutes/1h 42m
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of crude humour and bullying.

Violence (PG)

The film contains mild violence in the form of punching and slapping.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “ass”, “bitch”, “douche”, “hell”, “damn” and “d**k”.

Nudity (G)

The film contains a single and very brief depiction of buttock nudity.

Sex (PG)

The film contains occasional sexual innuendo, as well as occasionally crude references to sex and use of condoms.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for language, some sexual material and teen partying)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This mostly spiritless high school comedy is thankfully rescued by Zac Efron’s charming character. Despite how frequently predictable each event and element turns out, it’s the appealing characters and slightly-sweet messages that teens will adore about this watchable flick. Fortunately for those who aren’t interested in fun personalities, 17 Again owns enough satisfying giggles to hold them through.

It’s difficult not to enjoy the unoriginal but repeatedly-delightful theme of 17 Again. Although there’s some of those unsatisfying ideas, it’s reassuring and hysterical to see bullies being confronted, relationships being recovered and characters with good points. It really just depends on how many of these kinds of storylines a viewer has witnessed to clarify whether they’ll be pleased or not.

It’s usually entertaining. And most kids would love seeing an adult repeat his age of 17, but parents should unquestionably keep in mind that it’s best for the older children and mainly teens. However, the film’s just forgettable and ordinary by the time it finishes.

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