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Second-chance fantasy that, through the agency of a bewhiskered supernatural school janitor, sends the middle-age-crazy hero not back in time, but back in age, back to the high school of his youth, so that he must fend off the incestuous flirtations of his teenage daughter and make age-inappropriate advances to the disaffected wife he had long since lost interest in (and who, incidentally, has the minimum mental wherewithal to notice, if not to make adequate fuss about, his uncanny resemblance to the boy she married twenty years ago). We expect to encounter logic problems in any time-travel tale, so it’s best not to compound them with extraneous nonsense whereby the daughter’s brutish boyfriend — inexplicable in itself — would also be her brother’s chief bully and tormentor. And it’s hard to be happy at a happy ending that assumes the wife, who has travelled nowhere, would have learned the same lessons as her time-tripping husband. Leslie Mann, seemingly doomed to subsist at the level of Drillbit Taylor, Knocked Up, Big Daddy, The Cable Guy, et al., is very good as the wife, carrying a lot of tension, intelligence, sensitivity, pain, and whatnot in her pop eyes and pursed mouth, without ever forgetting she’s in a comedy. The compensation she provides, although not small, is not sufficient. Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg; directed by Burr Steers. 2009.

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richinsd April 16, 2009 @ 11:38 a.m.

17 Again with Zac Efron at first sight I thought was going to be a goofy teen movie, but as it turned out at the pre screening I attended, I really liked the movie and I think it will do quite well at the box office. I thought Zac Efron did a great job and he is becoming a 'real' actor. I think he has a great future in acting. Of course looks don't have anything to do with it, yea right.

Leslie Mann who played the wife acted like a doofus most of the time, but overall she actually did a pretty good job. Matthew Perry's role really didn't amount to much except at the beginning to give an overview of what was going on in his rather horrible life, up until the time of the change over to 17 again. Michelle Trachtenberg played the daughter who was into more than just music as you will see.

Thomas Lennon who plays the best friend actually was a kick and really takes it to the limit with some of the things he does.

Gotta see this one guys. 3 Stars.

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