New on DVD: 17 Again

New on DVD: 17 Again

Body swapping involving teenagers is not new by any means, but this slightly different take still manages to be amusing. Mike (Matthew Perry) is a workaholic in the midst of a divorce who barely knows his kids. Wishing things could be different, he suddenly wakes up in the body of his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron). […]


Body swapping involving teenagers is not new by any means, but this slightly different take still manages to be amusing.

Mike (Matthew Perry) is a workaholic in the midst of a divorce who barely knows his kids. Wishing things could be different, he suddenly wakes up in the body of his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron). With the help of his oldest and best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon), he enrols in his kids’ high school. However, he quickly realizes he hasn’t been given a chance to change his past but to improve his present.

There isn’t much to interpret or over think in this movie. It simply is what it is, which is surprisingly entertaining. Efron is charming and funny whether helping his son prepare for basketball tryouts, saving his daughter from a terrible boyfriend or getting reacquainted with his wife. It’s a somewhat more mature role for the teen star and he carries it well.

In addition, the side story centering on Ned’s attempts to date the school principal is comical. His overt and outrageous gestures are quite unpredictable. Furthermore, his collection of fanboy memorabilia is quite impressive and adds a separate and unexpected level of enjoyment to the picture. The light sabre fight is a definite highlight.

There are no DVD special features.