Class of 1989, Mike O'Donnell is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp. But instead of pursuing this avenue, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting. Almost 20 years later, Mike's glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned. But Mike is given another chance when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17.
Now there are some great moments in this movie; when Mike meets Stan in the cafeteria at around the 38 minute mark and talks about the "reason" he acts as he does is priceless, the way in which Scarlett thinks the 17 year old Mike is cracking onto him is also amusing.
I also really enjoy Matthew Perry as an actor and the scenes he appears in at the start and end of the movie are pretty good. Stealing the show though is Leslie Mann who plays Scarlett, and who you may remember from Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin, is quite brilliant as the wife who has fallen out of love with Mike as an adult. She brings plenty of heart to her characters, and is pretty funny as well.
There's nothing here in 17 Again that you haven't seen before, and that you haven't seen done better. Still teenagers girls will love Zac Efron in this movie and that is certainly the target audience in any case. For myself, it was OK, nothing more, nothing less.
Encoded using the VC-1 codec in the films original aspect ratio of 2.40:1 this 1080p transfer is as pristine as it gets. The transfer is free of any dirt of film artifacts while the image is also free of video compression artifacts. Detail levels are impressive, and the contrast and black levels are also superb. It may not be the glossiest picture ever, and there are some scenes where the image appears a little softer.
There is only one other audio track on this disc, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 640kbps. While it's not quite up to the Dolby TrueHD audio track it's not too bad either as this isn't the most aggressive or sonically demanding track.
Zac Goes Back (12:32/HD): A slightly longer version of an EPK with a look at making this movie and the themes including interviews with Zac Efron.
Going Back To 17 (3:13/HD): Some of the cast talk about what it was like when they were 17 years old at high school. To short to have any real detail, but seeing the actors photos from that age was pretty amusing.
Breakin' Character Outtakes (3:24/HD): A short series of fluffed lines and bloopers. Nothing new or too exciting here...
Zac's Dance Flashbacks (2:10/HD): A deleted scene from the movie with Zac Efron dancing. You never actually see the full scene sadly.
Additional Scenes (16:05): There are thirteen deleted scenes here with some being pretty amusing. Sadly these are only presented in standard definition and don't look too great even for that resolution.
Review By: Dave Warner