117 Again is one of those half and half films--half of it is good, moral, and entertaining, and half of it is raunchy, mature in nature, and unnecessary. The plot goes something like this: Middle-aged Mike is unhappy with his life and about to get a divorce from his wife. He and his kids are like strangers to each other, even though he genuinely cares for them. One night Mike mysteriously transports to the age of 17 in present times. He decides (with the help of his MAJOR sci-fi freak best friend) to go back to high school and help put his kids on the right path. So Mike (under the name of Mark) goes back to school and spends his time lecturing his kids about who they should date, helping them onto sports teams, or romancing their mom (who is also his wife). Some of the funniest parts are the most awkward ones. Teenage Mike/Mark dancing with his wife (to his wife, he is just her son's friend) and being found by their son. Mike/Mark's daughter wants to start a relationship with the teenage Mike/Mark, not knowing that he is actually her dad. When he tells her that they can never be together, she at first thinks that he is gay. There is one use of the b-word and some other mild profanities. Mike/Mark's daughter has a pompous, lustful boyfriend. Mike's best friend is seen in bed (fully clothed) with the school principal (at the end of the film, right before the credits). I was surprised at the amount of good messages in this movie. Mike (when he is actually 17 in high school sometime in the 1980's) gives up his college dreams to marry his pregnant girlfriend. When he is an adult, he strives to spend time with his kids and shows genuine interest in their lives. When he goes back to the age of 17 through the warp thing, he makes it his goal to help his kids get their lives on the right track. He speaks about abstinence to the entire Health class. He does everything he can to get his daughter's messed-up boyfriend away from her. Without the sexual jokes and overtones, this movie would be great for kids and teens. Unfortunately, the crude humor ruins it, even if kids don't understand all of the "jokes". Zac Efron is at his best in this film and captures a sensible, struggling teenage dad very well. Don't expect it to be any funnier than you see in the previews, though. Most of the funny parts are in the previews. Overall, it was an enjoyable two hours of reliving high school. 2hey guys im natasha and i live in new zealand so we got to watch the movie on the 16th well all i can say is that the movie was AWESOME!both Zac Efron and Matthew Perry did an awesome job, though matthew was only in the movie for about 5-10 mins and girls get ready to got the shivers as soon as u see Zac transform into the cool kid.the story basically starts off showing Mike (zac) being the most popular guy in school hes awesome at basketball and is about to be offered a basketball scholarship, however just before the big game starts his girlfriend Scarlet(Leslie Mann) tells zac that she is expecting their child, this confuses mike during the game and he finally leaves the game and runs after the girl he loves. 20 years later his life is a total disaster, with his wife giving him a divorce , his kids hating him mike(matthew) moves in with his best friend ned a self made billionaire. Then something changes mikes's world he goes back to his school and stares at his championship photos he there meets a janitor with whom he shares his thoughts of going back to high school the janitor suddenly dissapears and while driving home mike sees him jumping off a bridge while mike hurries to go save him he himself falls into the river and gets turned back to 17. Then hilarious events start happening with a light saber fight to a fight with his daughters boyfriend. Also mike helps his son find the girl of his dreams and also gets him into the basketball team. An awkward scenes was where maggie( michelle) his daughter wants to kiss him its an awkward moment but it will surely make u laugh.3I don’t fully understand the desire to return to high school. I actually enjoyed high school, but that doesn’t mean that I want to re-live being a teenager, it’s just so awkward. But films will continue to be made, all with the premise of returning to the past to change something. 17 Again is no different, although the modern twist on an old story doesn’t make it as enjoyable as I remember. We begin in 1989 with Mike O’Donnell (the young version played by Zac Efron) shooting hoops, getting ready for the big game that could get him a scholarship to college. When he finds out that his high school girlfriend is pregnant, he walks out of the game and we flash-forward to the present-day Mike (Matthew Perry). Now his life is a mess—no job promotion, on the verge of a divorce and no relationship with his kids. Paying homage to It’s a Wonderful Life, Mike runs into an old janitor that magically transforms him into his 17-year-old self. It is then up to Mike to figure out what he needs to do to transform back. The modern high school is shown as a breeding ground for disrespectful, sexually overactive teenagers. Not to say that this is not what all high schools are like, but 17 Again chooses not to show anything about going back to high school. Mike doesn’t want to relive high school to change his future; instead he realizes that this is the time to reconnect with his kids and to somehow win his wife back. It is most humorous when young Mike interacts with his wife (Leslie Mann). She swears that he looks like her husband and the flirtation that plays out is almost uncomfortable but it works. Also, for those Zac Efron fans out there, he even dances and plays basketball in the film. I don’t know if he will ever grow out of this High School Musical role. The fun of movies like this is to see our character react or interact with his new surroundings. The film fails to capture the heart of being a teenager, only making jokes to how fast their metabolism is and how they can exercise easily. Although young Mike does have an inside view into his kid’s lives, their interaction is very sterile and unbelievable. He coaches his youngest son at basketball, while he still gets to take the glory of being a better player and he preaches to his daughter about making bad choices. If he gets to be 17 again to connect with his kids, the relationships seem forced. When Mike finds himself back where he started, he realizes that he had made the right choices, he was just absent from most of his life. Now he gets the chance to pay attention. Mike’s inside look into the lives of his kid’s and wife is an interesting twist on an old idea. But the fun of watching films like this is missing because our lead actor isn’t having fun. There is no use in re-living high school for that. 6If you want to illustrate the acid rain that 20 years can pour down onto a human face, just show Zac Efron and then make us believe that life has turned him into Matthew Perry. Oh, that beautiful boy - oh, that lumpy-faced man. What happened? Failure and disappointment? Self-hatred? Grand-scale spiritual error? We're just scratching the surface here. For Efron to turn into Perry in a mere two decades would require something more drastic, like sitting down every morning to a breakfast of hot, steaming toxic waste.Yet what better way to make us feel it - the sheer relief of going back in time. In "17 Again," Mike (Perry) is a washed-up pharmaceutical salesman with an estranged wife and two kids who think he's an idiot. But one day, through some movie magic, he transforms back into the 17-year-old he once was - a basketball star who could have had a scholarship if he hadn't married his pregnant girlfriend. "17 Again" is a variation on the old if-only-I-could-go-back fantasy. In this variation, the hero doesn't go back. Nothing changes, except his body. He's young, he's handsome, the world is before him ... and yet inside, he's still middle-aged. He cares about his kids. He's attracted to his wife. "17 Again" isn't a sophisticated work of art, nor was it intended to be. It's often silly, sometimes fun silly, sometimes too silly. Yet in one area - its honest, unself-conscious exploration of the conflict between a man's physical and psychological age - it goes deeper than the much more ambitious "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."The credit goes to Efron, a teen idol who has girls shrieking in the theater from his first close-up but who is also an actor and proves it over the course of the picture. He conveys Mike's dual nature. It will come as news to none of his young admirers that Efron has good eyes, pale blue and piercing. He can use them, too, for more than cosmetic effect. He brings to the role the sensitive, fretting gaze of the concerned parent - one who finds himself in the same high school as his own kids.The movie's limits are the limits of the formula. There's only one way "17 Again" can be resolved, but doing so requires a shoehorn. Also, why did Mike's teenage daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg) have to be presented as such a repellent brat? If you believe Hollywood, there's no teenage-girl nastiness, ingratitude or misbehavior that can't be forgiven, even without an apology. That's a great message to be reinforcing in a movie that's going to be seen by every 14-year-old girl in America.