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Apr 6th
09:52 pm
Another Moviehole Review by a different dude  
The Writer's Perspective : 17 Again by Weeksy

So, the easiest way to describe "17 Again" for me is to say that it didn't suck anywhere near as much as I expected it to - and by saying that, I mean I actually quite enjoyed it.

By enjoyed it, I mean that I didn't want to hurl my deliciously tasty bag of Fruchocs at the screen, I didn't decide to blow down the straw of my Coke for an hour to make that "bubbly" noise, and I deftly restrained myself from telling the row of (oddly enough) 17 year old girls behind me that I had just as much chance of banging Zac Efron as they did, no matter how many times they screamed when he flashed a smile - or in one unfortunate moment for any man in the audience - that high pitched scream only dogs can normally hear as 300 screaming banshees nearly explode from seeing a shirtless Efron playing Basketball - oh my.

At any rate, despite being something I've seen a dozen times before - because I'm getting old as bollocks now - and cribbing from every switcheroo movie ever made - "Vice Versa", "Chances Are", "Freaky Friday", "Big" and yes, even "18 Again" - "17 Again" doesn't screw with the formula, but certainly doesn't add to it either. Matthew Perry plays the older Mike, about to be divorced, doesn't know his kids from a hole in the ground, and wishes for the chance to do it all again when he meets a Janitor on a nostalgic trip to his old High School (the great to see Brian Doyle-Murray) - sure enough, Whammo! Blam! All that magic stuff goes down, and Matthew is now Zac with that second chance at High School, getting to know his kids, and maybe even *sniff, tear* a chance at winning back his wife.

I will freely admit that I have never watched any of the "High School Musical" films, or "Hairspray" (at least the remake anyway), so I'm realistically seeing Efron onscreen for the first time here - and he's actually pretty good in the part, not exactly the annoying Freddie Prinze Jr. "She's All That" type I was expecting - just kind of.... well, surprising really - I'll have to take a squiz at his other flicks now, kind of reminds me of a Shia LaBeouf type.

But the best part of "17 Again" is the supporting cast - Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon (wicked funny in this), Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight and of course the always funny Matthew Perry (God I hope "The End Of Steve" gets picked up - you'll never think of Chandler Bing again) - all good.

Anyway, short & sweet, I definitely didn't hate "17 Again" - and I fully expected to - I actually had a pretty fun time with it, despite the fact that a doctor will now have to repair my punctured ear drums, so if I had to recommend something to go and see for a harmless bit of fun, this would be a pretty easy sell - however, it's an even easier sell if you're a hysterical teenage girl.

Mood: sleepysleepy
24 24 comments Comment
Shruticalcified on April 7th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Wait I like Freddie better than Shia though (MIKEODONNELL, DON'T HURT ME)...
samwise gamgee.colfer on April 7th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Shruticalcified on April 7th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
samwise gamgee.colfer on April 7th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Shruticalcified on April 7th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm not even going to lie to you: I feel the same way about Shia as you do Vanessa, but with 10000% less vehemence. Let's just ignore this difference of opinions!
samwise gamgee.colfer on April 7th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
lol awww <3333333
It's Audrey not Aubrey: AiW 1audrey_za on April 7th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)

I didn't know you liked love Shia!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on April 7th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
its really hard for people to admit they like zac. how long will this attitude go on?

Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on April 7th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
or should i say 'denial'?
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on April 7th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
ive heard that like 5 times.

either that or, I give up! hes hot; I had a dream about him, and yeah, now I see it.

Shruti: Ballerinacalcified on April 7th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
My friends Emily and Kahlil and I were bitching at people on that subject at the TFS thread with the Interview pics (long story, fashion community where Interview was scanned, yeah I have these interests beyond Z and academia lol).

How can they think Lindsay is more relevant; come on, some people HAVE NO TAP on the pulse of culture whatsoever. In four years, Zac Efron will be such a fixture of pop culture and the movie scene that people would be retrospectively embarrassed if they had shame. Which frankly, no one does.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on April 7th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
yeah, lets burn those people. LOL
zaccy23zaccy23 on April 7th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
who are these moviehole people??? seriously a writer's perspective..than learn how to write and not throw out a million insults..i just can't get over how much people want to HATE this movie, but somehow can't! Ha the zef effect:)
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on April 7th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
moviehole hires contradictory writers.
zaccy23zaccy23 on April 7th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
I really just want one review that isn't so full of hate:( I'm dying for like Peter Travers and the big boys reviews to come out. I feel like if Zac can get positive reviews for HSM3 then he most definitely will for 17 again!
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 7th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Marissa: [zac efron] tierissaroo on April 7th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
everyone tries so hard to resist him.
ohinternets on April 8th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
the row of (oddly enough) 17 year old girls behind me that I had just as much chance of banging Zac Efron as they did, no matter how many times they screamed when he flashed a smile

... this is why I'm reluctantly considering waiting until I can rent from Netflix, even though I really really want to see it. :[
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 8th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
just go to a late showing or one during a school day or something. then there won't be as many idiotic exuberant tween girls. no accounting for the cougars though, lol ;)
ohinternets on April 8th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Being in my early 30s and finding men of a wide variety of ages attractive (from Zac to Hugh Laurie and BSG's Michael Hogan) I kinda find the term cougar offensive and weird, and a little sexist, considering men are allowed to look at women any age they want without being compared to an animal. :-/ No offense.

I saw HSM3 in the theaters on a school day and it was still pretty screechy. I don't believe in downloading films so I may go on a weekday first thing in the morning.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 8th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
You bring up an interesting point re: cougar, one I wish I had more time to research but I have a few preliminary thoughts.

To me I find the concept that it is somehow inappropriate for women to be looking at younger men but not for men to look at younger women (unless they are <18 eww) problematic and clearly unequal thus sexist.

But the terminology I'm not sure about. There is no specific word for it, but I think in general we use the term pig for men like that, and men in general. And that clearly has a negative connotation.

On the other hand though, cougar seems to be an empowering zoomorphic correlation. The cougar is a strong, sleek, agile, independent and beautiful creature. Apparently it was a term originally used with negative connotations but I think that we, as a gender, have reappropriated it in a way that is more more positive that says we may be older but we are still all those things that a cougar is.

IDK. I've only ever scratched the surface of gender studies and I think it does go a lot deeper than just that, but those are my basic thoughts on it.

Anyway, when I went to see HSM I usually went to the 9pm or later showings and there were hardly any tweens there ever. So no squeals but occasional snarkiness was heard. lol.

ohinternets on April 8th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
I do think it's negative, and it just creeps me out for some reason. Since it's become so widespread - and I've seen it applied to women as young as in their late 20s - I feel self conscious expressing that I find ANYONE younger than me attractive because it's such a smirky, highly sexualized, aggressive image, when really, it could just be a woman not noticing a guy is in his mid20s and just going "oooh, pretty!" My brain doesn't really parse a man's age at the forefront of whether I find him attractive or not (unless, of course, he's underage, which has never happened).

It just bugs me that Milo Ventimiglia (who is about my age) was at worst considered foolish for dating Hayden Panettiere, beginning when she was underage, whereas a woman who would do the same thing would be the cause of a 3-ring circus even though she isn't doing anything any worse.

Most of the Zac fans I know are older than he is, some are older than me, and it creeps me out that they're labeled "cougars" just because they find a younger guy cute.

I think there is a certain subset of middle-aged women who rush to find young guys to screw in order to retain feelings of youth - this is otherwise known as a "mid-life crisis" - and that is just for sex and assuaging of reassurance. But it is often used for ANY woman of any age who is attracted to a younger man, and idk. I just think it's really creepy and weird.
ohinternets on April 8th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
*assuaging of insecurity, I meant to say, and wow, I didn't mean to use the word "creepy" so much there, sorry. And I hope you're not taking this as a personal attack against your usage, it was just on the brain and spewed out here!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on April 8th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
nah, i don't take it personally. i think it is an interesting discussion because so many words we use have meanings that have the possibility of both negative and positive connotations.