In 1989, seventeen-year-old Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron) is the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet Porter (Allison Miller). However, before the big game started Scarlet revealed that she is pregnant and mike decides to leave the game and marry Scarlet. 20 years after, Mike found himself stalled with two kids name Maggie & Alex. However, the then perfect couple got separated due to his blaming her for his regrets about abandoning his future. Mike then moved in with his geeky, yet extremely wealthy, best friend since high school, Ned Gold (Thomas Lennon). Wanting to reminisce his famous days, Mike when to visit his high school and had an encounter with a mysterious janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) and later transforms Mike back into his seventeen-year-old self. As he tries to take the given opportunity to get the life he lost and he too realizes how important his family means to him especially Scarlet.
17 Again is a cool and stylish what if movie that brings up everyone’s questions like: What if you could change your life? What if you could live it all over again? What would you do different? This movie resonates that at one point in our lives we have actually asked these questions and wonder how our life would have been if we have done things differently. It is a movie that not only teens would enjoy but even adults too! The storyline was excellent; it was really funny and exciting at the same time. It may be a bit predictable and there were some minor flaws but did not hamper the film’s style which is very catchy with great cast by the way! Now, this is what I must say as a first-rate and light movie to make you laugh and reflect in some point. Mike might have some regrets in his life from the decisions he had made but in the end he realized that these were not actually mistakes but were actually his treasures. “I thought I wanted a second chance at life.” – was the most eye opening message Mike had uttered while begging for Scarlet’s forgiveness. We all have to face the reality that we only live ones and past will always be past and we can never go back and change it, not unless a time machine was successfully made by scientist! Kidding aside, all of us learn from our mistakes, our bad decisions are the best teachers in our lives; all we have to be is to be proactive. Learn from it, be strong and move on. You cannot blame it to others as you were the one who give the call. Be man enough to face the consequences because in the end you can see the brighter side with the help of your family and love ones.