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17 Again

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Burr Steers
Produced by Adam Shankman
Jennifer Gibgot
Written by Jason Filardi
Keenan Donahue
Starring Zac Efron
Leslie Mann
Thomas Lennon
Sterling Knight
Hunter Parrish
Melora Hardin
Michelle Trachtenberg
Matthew Perry
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt
Editing by Padraic McKinley
Studio Offspring Entertainment
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) April 17, 2009 (2009-04-17)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million (est.)[1]
Gross revenue $135,964,569[2]

17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film from New Line Cinema directed by Burr Steers. The film was released in the United States on April 17, 2009. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 11, 2009.



Right before his 1989 high school-championship basketball game, 17-year-old Mike O'Donnell's girlfriend Scarlet tells him that she is pregnant. He leaves behind the game and a possible college basketball scholarship to propose to her.

Two decades later, Mike's life has stalled. Scarlet has separated from him due to his regrets about abandoning college, forcing him to move in with his geeky and wealthy best friend since high school, Ned Gold; he loses his job; and his kids Maggie and Alex want nothing to do with him. While visiting Hayden High School to reminisce, an encounter with a mysterious janitor transforms Mike into his 17 year-old self.

Given the chance to relive his life, Mike enrolls (under the name Mark Gold, posing as Ned's son) at Hayden High and comes to believe that his mission is to help his children. With Mike's help, Alex gets a place with Mike on the basketball team and the girlfriend he desires, and Mike comforts Maggie when her bully boyfriend dumps her. Through their children Mike spends time with Scarlet, who is attracted to his remarkable resemblance to her husband in high school. Meanwhile, Ned courts Jane Masterson, the high school principal; they discover a mutual interest in The Lord of the Rings.

At the championship game, Mike makes a gesture which Scarlet recognizes. Realizing who "Mark" is, she flees to prevent Mike from again leaving the game. Mike follows, as the janitor changes him back to an adult. Mike promises Scarlet that he will be a better husband and father. Reconciled with his family, Mike becomes the new school basketball coach.




Critical reception

Critically the film was less successful, with reviews favorable to mixed. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 56% based on 125 professional reviews.[3] The review aggregator, Metacritic, has given the film a 48% based on 27 reviews, which puts it in the "mixed or average reviews" category.  Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said that the women were "Portrayed as Brats, Sluts, Idiots or all three."

Box office

17 Again was a commercial success with an estimated $20 million to make, and a worldwide gross of over $135 million. The film grossed $9,465,000 in the United States and Canada on its first day of release and ended its opening weekend at number one, with a total of $23.7 million.[2]


17 Again
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released April 21, 2009
Genre Soundtrack
Label New Line Records

17 Again: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on April 21, 2009.[4]

Official soundtrack

  1. "On My Own" by Vincent Vincent and The Villains
  2. "Can't Say No" by The Helio Sequence
  3. "L.E.S. Artistes" by Santigold
  4. "Naïve" by The Kooks
  5. "This Is Love" by Toby Lightman
  6. "You Really Wake Up the Love in Me" by The Duke Spirit
  7. "The Greatest" by Cat Power
  8. "Rich Girls" by The Virgins
  9. "This Is for Real" by Motion City Soundtrack
  10. "Drop" by Ying Yang Twins
  11. "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang
  12. "Bust a Move" by Young MC
  13. "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins (from Top Gun)

Additional music credits


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