Also Known As: 17
Production Status: Released
Logline: A middle-aged father wakes up to find he’s seventeen again. So, he enrolls in the same high school as his children to be close to them.
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Release Date: April 17th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, some sexual material and teen partying.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Co.: Offspring Entertainment
Studios: New Line Cinema
U.S. Box Office: $39,823,333
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California USA
Produced in: United States
Casts ( not all cast listed )
Zac Efron … Mike O’Donnell (Teen)
Leslie Mann … Scarlett O’Donnell (Adult)
Thomas Lennon … Ned Gold
Matthew Perry … Mike O’Donnell (Adult)
Tyler Steelman … Ned Gold (Teen)
Allison Miller … Scarlett (Teen)
Sterling Knight … Alex O’Donnell
Michelle Trachtenberg … Maggie O’Donnell
Melora Hardin … Principal Jane Masterson
Brian Doyle-Murray … Janitor
Jim Gaffigan … Coach Murphy
Twenty years later, an adult Mike (played by Matthew Perry) finds his life is not exactly what he expected. He is separated from his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann) and living with his wealthy software genius nerd and best friend Ned Freedman (Thomas Lennon), his career at a pharmaceutical company is at a stand still, and his relationships with his teenage children are nonexistent. After getting passed up for yet another promotion at work, he returns to his high school to reminisce over his basketball awards and the life he could have had. While he is reliving his glory days, he is approached by a janitor and shares with him how things were so much better when he was 17.
As Mike is driving home from the high school, he sees the mysterious janitor standing on the ledge preparing to jump into the Los Angeles River. Mike rushes out of his car to rescue him, but when he gets there, the janitor has vanished. What Mike doesn’t realize is that he is about to fall into the river and turn into his 17 year old self.
Young Mike (Zac Efron) returns to Ned’s house, where he has the difficult task of convincing Ned that he is in fact Mike. At a loss of what to do, Ned pretends to be Mike’s father and they register Mike back in high school to finish the life he never had the chance to live.
High school presents a lot of new challenges for Mike, such as dressing cool, keeping up with the latest gadgets and making new friends. But nothing compares to being in high school with his own children. He discovers that his daughter, Maggie (Michelle Trachtenberg), is not nearly as innocent as he thought she was and his son, Alex (Sterling Knight), is the brunt of the star athlete’s jokes.
But Mike’s most difficult realization is that he hasn’t been a very good father or husband. Mike befriends Alex and tries to instill him with enough confidence to join the basketball team. He gets close to Maggie’s obnoxious boyfriend and does everything in his power to break them up. Most importantly, he visits an unsuspecting Scarlet and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. You don’t know what you have until you lose it.
Through his experiences, Mike realizes that he had chosen the perfect life he just never appreciated it. Now, he must figure out a way to transform back into his older self and win back his wife and kids.
Gallery ( Some photo of the cast and also the movie )
Its no doubt that the main attraction of this movie is Zac Efron. Forget about how predictable it can be. Sit back and prepare for a good laugh! It is very comedy but then at the same time touching. The movie also injects basic values that a person should have. The storyline was wonderful and catch this movie before it’s too late!! Btw, i just simply love the part where Ned and Principal Jane are at the restaurant.
Out Of Topic (video clip of zac in High School Musical)