Sunday, August 16, 2009

Movie Review "17 Again"

"17 Again," with Zac Efron

The movie is very simple. Guy from "Friends" has a horrible life, guy falls in river/tornado thing, guy turns into Zac Efron, Zac Efron saves his own relationship with his kids and wife. Very simple, you don't have to be a genius to understand the plot. Now, here's the positives and negatives. The positive is that this may have been a decent film, because it does have a few very rare moments that are actually laugh out loud funny (Hint: nothing funny in this movie has anything to do with Zac Efron). The negative is that what normally may have been a really cliched romance film turns into a teen chick flick because Zac Efron's in it.

Because it's High School Musical if everyone but Zac Efron was killed by Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers. He dances, he plays basketball, he spouts his inspirational "Disney kiss-ass" crap the whole movie. His teen self supports many things teens wouldn't do at all, like abstinence, going after older women (his adult self's ex-wife), and out of date insults. The problem is, Zac hasn't left his High School Musical days, because his character is a mirror image of the one from this movie. He's the ultra-popular guy who's actually nice too, which doesn't exist in real life. What sucks the most was that he was obviously cast for this to get a larger teen girl audience. This movie has nothing unique, nothing different, and when it tries something unique and different it doesn't work (including a romantic plot twist that will make the one from Back to the Future look tame). In the end, it's just Zac Efron and a bunch of other people in stupid romantic situations. And in the end, if you're not a teen girl, you are going to hate this. Because I did, and any movie that makes Twilight and Hannah Montana: The Movie look like Academy Award winners needs some really bad stuff.

Score: 3/10

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