In my continuing effort to know the appeal of Zac Efron, I rented the film “17 Again.” The film centers on Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry), a guy who prepared a lifetime choice as a love-struck 17 year aged and 2nd guesses that choice to the present day. We meet Mike with his existence in shambles. His profession has taken a damaging turn, his teenage youngsters need nothing to do with him and his spouse Scarlett (Leslie Mann) is divorcing him.
Stuck in a rut, the disillusioned Mike goes back to his older excellent school and gets lost in the images of his fame days. Through a interested string of occasions, Mike is changed to his seventeen-year-old self (Zac Efron).
Since Mike feels he was provided this chance to fulfill his basketball destiny, he chooses to re-enroll in excellent school. By pretending to become the son of his ideal friend Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon), Mike O’Donnell instantly becomes Mark Gold.
Everything is going according to program until he realizes that his son he being bullied by the basketball team and his daughter is dating a jock jerk. His mission changes from his joy to the joy of his kids.
As a outcome of befriending his son, he finds himself spending a great deal of time with his soon-to-be-ex-wife and realizes he stills likes her. There are numerous cringe-worthy scenes between a mid-30’s Scarlett along with a seventeen-year-old Mark/Mike.
In the finish, he finds himself at the same crossroads as when he was seventeen. He has a 2nd chance to achieve his best existence.
Aside from a limited funny moments with Ned, this premise is well-worn territory. This movie fairs effectively compared to its several peers, but falls far brief of the fantastic Tom Hanks starrer “Big.”
It’s painfully apparent that this movie’s sole purpose is to be a Zack Efron car, but it’s not always a bad thing. Although not meant for the loves of me, I will see the appeal for a Zac Efron fan. His character ranges from cool kid to dorky father, and it functions.