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17 Again (2009)

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4/10: Let's push some pills...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Let's push some pills my peeps 17 Again Complete with a cast of notable faces and a stellar soundtrack featuring The Virgins, Santogold, and The Kooks, my initial trepidation was pushed aside as I decided to go into this "spiritual journey" mish-mash with an open mind. I'm glad I did, because there are some genuinely funny moments along with a sweet and touching overall message. However, when you look deep into the work you will not find much to grasp onto below the surface. It's been seen before; the relationship between young-again father and his high school children gets beyond creepy; and everything happens just as you'd assume it would. There are no surprises, but did you really think there would be? The film is all about Mike O'Donnell, a soon to be 40 year old who has been looking back on his life with regret. As the star basketball player in high...

8/10: Okay, I liked "17 Again...
Monday, April 20, 2009

Okay, I liked "17 Again" "17 Again" has been done before in "Big", "13 Going On 30" and one of my favorite movies, "The Kid". That being said: I really liked "17 Again". This is a star vehicle for teen heart-throb Zac Efron. Okay, the movie opens cheesy with ripped Efron shooting baskets in 1989 as high school star point guard Mike O'Donnell, highly recruited by colleges. Efron also impresses in a dance number with the cheerleaders. It's a good kind of cheese.In director Burr Steers and writer Jason Filardi's "17 Again" older Mike (sympathetic Matthew Perry) gets a chance to be 17 again with the assistance of spiritual guide Janitor (Brian Doye-Murray). Efron is really good here displaying charm, humor, and surprising depth and compassion. There is a scene where the young Mike (Efron) consoles his daughter Maggie (vulnerable Michelle Trachtenberg) over her heartbreak, "When you're young everything seems like it's...

4/10: The land of confusion.... CHUGA...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The land of confusion.... CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA - The Hollywood movie machine cranks out another gem, haven't I seen this same script about 34 times? I'll start with this, why does no one recognize the 17 yr old version of Mike, not his daughter or son, best friend from HS or ex coach? Zac is a good looking guy with a memorable face, seriously, hasn't everyone seen pictures of their parents when they were teens? Wouldn't you recognize them? And his wife of 20 years does not hear a difference in his voice on the phone even though we all do? Then he introduces himself to his own son as the son of his uncle, this must not be a very close family.In what world does a bigger guy and captain of the basketball team stand around to listen to a soliloquy tearing him down. In my high school big guy would have pummeled little Zack...

7/10: From Wildcat To Warrior When...
Friday, April 17, 2009

From Wildcat To Warrior When I went and saw 17 Again and the film opened with Zac Efron in a basketball uniform shooting baskets for a minute I thought I was at High School Musical 4. But in fact it was not a bad comedy/drama in which Efron and Matthew Perry play the same character at different points of their lives.Back in 1989 Zac looked like he had it made, university scholarship for basketball in the offing when girl friend Allison Miller tells him she's pregnant. That takes his head out of the game real fast and the two of course get married.Fast forward to the present and the couple now played by Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann are split and she's filing for divorce. When a young girl who was probably bedding the boss at his job gets a promotion, that tears if for him. Perry makes a wish that he could be young...

1/10: Has Hollywood ran out of...
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Has Hollywood ran out of good ideas? I truly have become more convinced that Hollywood has been bankrupt of good ideas or good filmmakers who are in touch with what the audience really want to see. Boring, unimaginative, and completely lacking of good film-making. This film clearly show a complete lack of passion and vision. It imitates what others have so brilliantly forged but still falls flat. Burr Steers? Can someone say the emperor has no clothes? I would have loved to have been sitting in that studio/executive's office during the pitch for this concept. Why were they not thrown out on their behind, I will never know. What do they expect when they start with a very lame script, and then hire a completely inadequate director, Burr Steers, who does not know the craft if it were fed to him with a silver spoon. But wait, I think that is exactly how he got his job...

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