April 6th, 2009

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17 Again Reviews: Boston Herald, Mirror UK, Urban Cinefile, Moviehole

Boston Herald summed up: "While it is thoroughly ridiculous and makes sense only in fantasyland terms “17 Again” flies solely due to Efron’s winning ways." Also: Tom Lennon is amazing.

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Mirror UK Summed up: "I'm big enough to admit that 17 Again is a thoroughly charming and entertaining time-switch comedy - and it confirms Zac Efron as THE heartthrob for the teen generation."

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Urban Cinefile summed up: "Guaranteed to lift your spirits, make you laugh and charm your socks off, this body switch comedy is wild, wacky and wonderful. If the crazy situations and characters don't suck you in, charismatic Zac Efron will win you over." Also: Tom Lennon is amazing.

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Moviehole summed up: This guy is suffering from, like, multiple personality disorder. He goes from "The strangest thing about 17 Again is the rather wishy-washy performance by singing/dancing Zac Efron," to "The performances are lively (regardless of whether you think he’s all that, Efron does do a good job; his scenes with Leslie Mann are particularly good)". Plus going to the gay thing seems kind of unprofessional (unless the movie were a satire about gay gymnasts, but w/e). Oh yeah, on top of all that, he fucks up its vs. it's. I do this occasionally when my pinkie gets tired, but I'm not a professional blogger/journalist. Clearly I would be defensive of Zac, but there seem to be a lot of logic problems in this dude's review.

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This is an important message so it gets a separate post. To all those who didn't believe him the first three hundred times he said he doesn't use social networking sites, Zac has laid it out there again.

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From People:

He may be the hunk of the moment, but Zac Efron isn't necessarily one to indulge in the latest technology of the day.

"I don't have a Twitter, a MySpace or a Facebook or anything like that," says the star of the new comedy 17 Again. "I kind of value in people not knowing where I am or what I'm doing."

To demonstrate his take on the typical posting, he says with a laugh: "I’m on the toilet. Still on the toilet. Guys, dot-dot-dot, out of TP. Still on the toilet."

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Funny or Die - BTS Info

New info on the Zac Efron Funny or Die video posted by Jake on the FOD blog:

We've got a video coming out on Wednesday that stars Zac Efron, Tom Lennon, and just about everyone else you've ever seen on TV. It was insane. Adam Shankman (who did Prop 8 the musical and produced the upcoming 17 again) wanted to make a video, so he called all of his friends over for a pool party, and for a while it was more like we were shooting for some crazy VH1 celeb-reality show than a Funny Or Die Sketch.

I mean, Lance Bass was there, for Chr*stSake, and he was funny. How random is that?

Basically Tom Lennon plays Zac's embarrassing Uncle Hank crashing a Hollywood Pool party. If the internet could handle a 30 minute sketch, we would have done it because Lennon (with Nicole Sullivan playing his girlfriend) improv-ed the shit out of it and there's about 25 minutes of pure hilarity that ended up on the cutting room floor.

Vanessa Hudgens was there with Zac and hopped in the video as well...here's a picture of our audio engineer spearing a Schitzu that was trying to attack her.

Now, I know what you're thinking...okay, we've got some faces in there, but it's not too crazy. Oh really? Well what if I told you that Queen Latifah DJ'd the music, Carmen Electra was a background extra, and Justin Long died in the pool? BECAUSE IT HAPPENED! And boom, here's a pic of Nicol Ritchie being spooned by beau Joel Madden. Official reality show/tabloid magazine shit.

We here at Funny Or Die are actually kind of dumbfounded on how this happened. Two years ago, when we launched, no one had heard of us, and now we have a full Sunday afternoon's worth of cable programming showing up to be in our videos. It's like in 8th grade we were the dorky kid who wore T-Shirts in the pool, and over the summer we somehow transformed into a taller, good looking freshman who likes really good music and now everyone wants to give us HJs. We don't know how to deal with it! But we kinda like the HJs.

Check out Funny Or Die on Wednesday to see the video and check out who else showed up. Yes, there's even more faces than the ones listed above.

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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.

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NO NO NO... the only anime adaptation Zac must be in is Death Note

Don't panic, yet. That is what I am telling myself right now.

TBH, it isn't that serious but apparently Zac has had maybe one convo with the producers of "Full Metal Panic" about a role in that film.

Story from Hollywood Reporter:

Mandalay Pictures has acquired theatrical rights to and will develop a big-screen version of "Full Metal Panic," a Japanese manga series that blends action, comedy and high school romance.

The property derives from writer Shoji Gatoh's series about a teenage anti-terrorist commando named Sousuke Sagara who is given the mission to protect a high-school girl with mystical powers.

"Panic," which is set in a world almost exclusively without adults, is known for mixing visceral action with wry comedy.

Zac Efron's name has surfaced in connection with "Panic," with the actor holding a conversation on the project. Efron, already a heartthrob among the teen audiences to whom the project could appeal, is also honing the action-adventure side of his career with a potential attachment to the Warner Bros. adventure "Jonny Quest."

He's next up in "17 Again," the upcoming New Line movie about an adult who goes back to high-school to rewrite his life.

Mandalay, which counts the environmental drama "Peaceable Kingdom" among its projects, has a first-look deal at Universal but has not yet set up "Panic" at a studio.

Born as a serialized novel from Gatoh and the illustrator Shiki Douji, "Panic" was developed in the early 2000's as a Japanese anime by the Asian firm Kyoto Animation and eventually also yielded a spinoff series.

An English-language version was produced and released in the U.S. on home video by ADV Films.

I will admit, the action aspect sounds kinds of interesting and makes it different then Death Note which is less violent and more psychological.

But still Zac=Kira... this must be the priority!