I was thinking to myself, “Not another movie about age switching or going back in time”, but 17 Again has a little different take on this old tale.
Instead, it's about a married man with teenage children who thinks he could have had it all when he was 17. When Mike (Matthew Perry/Zac Efron) was 17, he had an opportunity for a basketball scholarship and right before the game begins, while the college scouts are watching, his girlfriend informs him that she is expecting a baby. Well, this obviously throws Mike for a loop. Once the game begins, he is dribbling the ball and looks over at his girlfriend, who is obviously upset and confused, and he watches her walk out of the game. He has one of two choices to make: go after her and forget about the scholarship or continue the game and get the chance to play for a college team that may lead to pro. Mike decides to stick with his girlfriend, get married and settle down with a normal 9-5 job.
20 years later, Mike feels he is a loser; his marriage is on the rocks and his kids barely speak to him. He obviously thinks his life would be better if he were 17 again, and of course it happens. This movie takes a turn here for the good, though; when he goes back to school, he starts out on the basketball track. He ends up taking more interest in his wifes hobbies, that he previously ignored, and helping his kids now that he gets to know them. This was a really funny movie that wasn't as cheesy as I expected it to be and Mike finds out that his family is worth fighting for. 3 paws