The romantic comedy “17 Again” directed by Burr Steers was released April 14, 2009. The movie starred Zac Efron, who played the young Mike O’Donnell, and Matthew Perry, who played the older version of Mike O’Donnell.
“17 Again” shows you how tough a teenagers life can get while going through real life adult issues. In the movie “17 Again” a high school basketball star named Mike O’Donnell had a very bright future when he was 17 years old. Overwhelmed with adversity during the most important game of his high school career at Hayden High, his girlfriend told him that she was pregnant with his child. Despite being scouted by a Division I college at his game he decided to throw it all away to marry his girlfriend and raise their kid together.
One thing that stuck out to me was their costumes because they actually look like high school students. Even all the teenage actors played their parts very well. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of the principal or the basketball coach. Principal Jane Masterson, played by Melora Hardin, was more focused on her love life than the students the whole movie. Murphy, who is played by Jim Gaffigan, didn’t behave like a coach at all, he was never excited and he didn’t even care about his team that much. Overall though, I loved the film.
This movie is a perfect example of how quick teenagers turn into adults and have to make hard life-changing decisions. The line between a teenager and an adult is thin because of responsibilities and having life changing experiences. Zac Efron's character didn’t appreciate the present because he was too focused on the past and things he lost. This is a common challenge for many teens. This movie is realistic and relatable.