Monday, August 31, 2009

If you somehow had the chance, would you do your life over? Thirtysomething Mike O'Donnell would. Then one mysteriously magical moment, Mike gets his chance. He's suddenly back at Hayden High where he's the star of the basketball team, a total hottie and a classmate to his own teenage kids... which gives Mike a chance to go from not-so-good dad to a really cool friend.

Zac Efron ("Hairspray", the "High School Musical" movies) and Matthew Perry ("Friends") are "17 Again" and fabulously funny as the younger and older Mike in a good-time time-warp comedy that proves the best year of your life is the one you're living right now.

Being a huge fan of High School Musical, I spent a notable amount of time watching Zac Efron sing, dance, shoot a ball and bat his baby blue eyes to tweens of all ages. And when I heard that he did a movie with Matthew Perry (I'm also a fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) I was interested but not so much that I raided the internet for updates and behind the scenes footages like I always do evertime a new Harry Potter movie is coming soon. Then I forgot about it then months months later, for some reason I decided to search for a streaming full video of it. Fortunately, I found a good link on that didn't look like it was secretly filmed right in the theater, with fast buffering and no time limit (ahem Megavideo).

Though the movie received mixed reviews from professional critics achieving only 56% of positive comments on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie critic thinks that the film is funny, witty and over all tremendously fun and light hearted and is perfect for people who don't want to sit for 2 hours deciphering complex plots and characters. It's also not the kind of slapstick "fun" movie made only for kids' enjoyment (e.g. Hannah Montana) where grown ups and even kids at heart groan everytime somebody gets whacked in the face with a birthday cake or thrown in a pool.

I've always been a fan of witty dialogues and intelligent banters and this movie did not disappoint. Plus Zac Efron's acting has never been better I think. He really channelled Matthew Perry's expressions and I could really imagine him as a thirtysomething year old guy transformed in his own 17 year old body and not "Troy", his HSM alter ego whose character background is not far from Mike's. Plus should I even mention that he's drop dead gorgeous? Those piercing eyes can make Robert Pattinson run for his money despite the rumors that he's the next big thing. (Oh please don't let me get started on Twilight).

So for those boredsters like me who have nothing to do and wants to have a great 90 minutes, this movie is for you. Just click on the momomesh link and search for 17 Again and select the first link. I think it's the only one there working.

Next stop: The Ugly Truth. I hope Katherine Heigl doesn't disappoint. :D


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