17 Again (film) - Wikipedia
Seventeen visits the set of Zac Efron's new movie! and Zac and his costar Michelle Trachtenberg (Ice Princess) were upstairs acting out gives up a college scholarship to settle down with his high school girlfriend, Scarlet. "17 Again" has a pretty original take on the "do-over" comedy -- you know, where scout has shown up, his girlfriend Scarlet tells him she's pregnant. Cast: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg. 17 Again is a American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows year-old Mike (Matthew Perry) who becomes his year-old self (Zac Efron) after a chance accident. The film also features Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon and Michelle Trachtenberg in supporting roles of his high school championship basketball game his girlfriend Scarlet Porter.
He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. On the day of the final game, Mike will be observed and may win a scholarship to college.
However, his girlfriend Scarlet tells him that she is pregnant and Mike does not play the game. Twenty years later, Mike is a complete loser who blames Scarlet for his failures. He is not promoted to sales manager after working sixteen years at the same company; Scarlet is divorcing him; his teen-aged son Alex and daughter Maggie hate him; and he is temporarily living with his best friend, the eccentric and immature millionaire Ned Gold.
Mike nostalgically visits Hayden where an old janitor talks to him about second chances in life. During the night, he sees the janitor jumping from a bridge into the river and he unsuccessfully tries to help the man. He then discovers that he is seventeen again. Further, he discovers that he has a second chance to fix his relationship with his family. His wife threw him out of the house his kids think that he's a loser and want nothing to do with him, he lost his job.
One small action gave him a another shot at his senior year in high school. For his kids he goes from a loser of a dad to an amazing friend that gives them great advice. He also realizes the things that he didn't realize when he was actually Seeing senior year from a different point of view makes him realize that doing your life over isn't as fun as it seems.
Would you go back to high school like Mike whose life as an adult is not at all as it should be? Spoilers The synopsis below may give away important plot points.
He is a star athlete headed straight for a college scholarship when he decides to give it up to settle down with his high school girlfriend Scarlet is pregnant. Twenty years later, an adult Mike played by Matthew Perry finds his life is not exactly what he expected. He is separated from his wife, Scarlett Leslie Mann and living with his wealthy software genius nerd and best friend Ned Freedman Thomas Lennonhis career at a pharmaceutical company is at a stand still, and his relationships with his teenage children are nonexistent.
After getting passed up for yet another promotion at work, he returns to his high school to reminisce over his basketball awards and the life he could have had. While he is reliving his glory days, he is approached by a janitor and shares with him how things were so much better when he was As Mike is driving home from the high school, he sees the mysterious janitor standing on the ledge preparing to jump into the Los Angeles River.
Mike rushes out of his car to rescue him, but when he gets there, the janitor has vanished. What Mike doesn't realize is that he is about to fall into the river and turn into his 17 year old self. Young Mike Zac Efron returns to Ned's house, where he has the difficult task of convincing Ned that he is in fact Mike. At a loss of what to do, Ned pretends to be Mike's father and they register Mike back in high school to finish the life he never had the chance to live.
High school presents a lot of new challenges for Mike, such as dressing cool, keeping up with the latest gadgets and making new friends. But nothing compares to being in high school with his own children. He discovers that his daughter, Maggie Michelle Trachtenbergis not nearly as innocent as he thought she was and his son, Alex Sterling Knightis the brunt of the star athlete's jokes. But Mike's most difficult realization is that he hasn't been a very good father or husband.
Mike befriends Alex and tries to instill him with enough confidence to join the basketball team. He gets close to Maggie's obnoxious boyfriend and does everything in his power to break them up.
Most importantly, he visits an unsuspecting Scarlet and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. You don't know what you have until you lose it. Through his experiences, Mike realizes that he had chosen the perfect life he just never appreciated it.
Now, he must figure out a way to transform back into his older self and win back his wife and kids. Just as the game is about to start, he sees his girlfriend Scarlett by the bleachers. He blows her a kiss, then goes to her when she looks very troubled. She tries to pretend everything is fine, but finally she tells him she's pregnant.
The game starts, but he can't think of anything but Scarlett, and when he sees her leaving, he tosses the ball away and walks away from the game and the scholarship to marry her.
Twenty years later, Mike's life is a mess. Scarlett has separated from him, forcing him to move in with his high-school best friend Ned Gold, now a geeky millionaire software developer, and his kids Maggie and Alex are distant and want nothing to do with him.
At his job, his boss passes him up for a promotion in favor of a woman the boss likes who's far less competent, and Mike explodes at the boss and is fired.
He stops by his old high school on the way home, sees his team photo in the showcase, and reminisces about the life he threw away. Then he encounters a mysterious janitor who asks him if he really wishes he was a teenager back in high school again, and he does.
On the way home, he sees the "janitor" apparently ready to jump from a bridge and he tries to stop him, but the janitor suddenly disappears and Mike falls in the river himself, where he's magically transformed back to age After he convinces Ned who he really is, Mike decides he's been given the chance to live his life over again "but to do it right" -- to win the basketball scholarship and go to college. With Ned posing as his father, he re-enrolls in high school under the name "Mark Gold," living with Ned in his mansion full of high-tech toys.
But as he starts to fit in to school life, he realizes his daughter is dating the sadistic basketball captain Stan, who only wants sex from her, and that Stan is also bullying and tormenting his son. Gradually, "Mark" realizes that the real reason he's been given another chance in life is to help his children and try to win back Scarlett's love. Deciding to also try and fix his relationship with Scarlet, Mike begins to finish under the pretense of getting "volunteer credit" all of the garden projects he abandoned as an adult.
He does his best to separate Stan and Maggie while also encouraging Alex to be more confident so he can make the basketball team and go out with a girl he has a crush on named Nicole. Mike has difficulty resisting his desire for Scarlet despite the relationship's clear inappropriateness.
Ned, meanwhile, begins to pursue the school's principal Jane through increasingly extravagant stunts in order to win her affections, which she adamantly rebukes. After Mike and Alex help win a basketball game, Mike throws a party at Ned's house while he is out on a date with Jane. When Scarlet arrives to reprimand her children for attending a party, Mike shows her that Alex has finally managed to get together with his crush, leading Mike and Scarlet to have an intimate conversation where Mike accidentally tries to kiss her.
Disgusted, she storms off as Mike tries unsuccessfully to explain his true identity. On the day of the court hearing to finalize Scarlet and Mike's divorce, Mike makes one last attempt to win her back as Mark by reading a supposed letter from Mike. He states that although he couldn't set things right in the beginning of his life, it doesn't change the fact that he still loves her.
After he exits, Scarlet notices that the "letter" is actually the directions to the courtroom and she begins to grow curious. As a result, she postpones the divorce by a month. Frustrated that he could not salvage his marriage, Mike decides to once again pursue a scholarship and move on with a new life. During a high school basketball game, Mike reveals himself to Scarlet.
As Scarlet runs away, Mike decides to chase her down, just like he did inbut not before handing the ball off to his son. Mike is then transformed back into his year-old self, and reunites with Scarlet. As Mike prepares for his first day as the new coach at his children's school, Ned, who has successfully started a relationship with Jane, gifts him a whistle, both happy with their new starts in life.
Perry portrays Mike at age 37, while Efron portrays Mike at age 17 in the opening flashback to and after Mike has undergone his magical transformation. Mike's wife and the mother of his children.
17 Again () - Plot Summary - IMDb
Mann plays Scarlett as an adult and Miller plays the teenaged Scarlett in the opening scene. Michelle Trachtenberg as Maggie O'Donnell: Mike and Scarlet's daughter.
Hunter Parrish as Stan: