Watching 17 Again and Rambling.
The other day (yesterday?) I watched a 17-minute YouTube video about why the movie 17 Again (2009) is Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell's favorite movie of all time ( Why? Heck, I don't know; but it did made me realize that I really should get around to actually watching 17 Again - and that's exactly what I'm going to do right now; though not without writing down my rambling stream of consciousness throughout the movie.

Here we go...

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That looks like an abandoned school.

Intro with a shirtless Zac Efron making hoop after hoop after hoop?

Okay, this movie goes right for the throat plot with it's first lines of dialogue pretty much setting up a big part of the plot.

Second part of dialogue explains how Zac is a good guy, looking out for the little guy.

To be honest the tempo of this movie is too fast for me to write down my rambling thoughts (or I just got too caught up by it and had to rewind a few minutes to remember to write something).

That is one wicked cheerleader scene - with Zac joining in for no reason at all - knowing all the moves.

This feels extremely over acted. Is that on purpose?

Zac's girlfriend there - is that, what-her-face, from that short run TV series with Matthew Perry?
(Yes it was! Allison Miller in house!)

Come on, Zac. Can't you see she's nervous about talking with you about something serious? Stop with the jokes.

Oh. You stopped with the jokes and asked her honestly if she's okay. Huh. I didn't see that moment of sincerity coming.

Wow. A gigantic shift just happened. What is going on? (Well, I know due to the YouTube video - but let's pretend I don't know any spoilers.)

This is his big decision - the Sport or the girl.

Oh, she's pregnant - and he's referring to the child as his "future". That's upfront dedication from a teenage athlete.

Wow, that's one beautifully shot hallway scene.

Fast forward, eh, 30 years? What's the age difference between Zac Efron and Matthew Perry again?

Cool, he's still good friends with that small Nerd - who now has elf ears for some reason.

Perry definitely thinks he is going to get a promotion. Everyone can see a mile away that's not happening.

Bluetooth Earpiece Douchebag is really damn annoying.

Is TGI Fridays a place you can go to? Also, chanting anything IN AN ELEVATOR is never a good idea.

Ooh, the magic janitor.

Score, endless zooming, and dialogue are all pointing at this being the pissing in the magical fountain freaky Friday situation.

What, he has an daughter? Who’s Buffy's Sister?

That's some serious next level sass from Buffy's Sister.

Hell yeah! Leslie Mann!!!

Leslie is looking badass carrying that tree.

Aww, Leslie is sad, so I'm so sad too.

Possed car radio in a thunderstorm?

This is so bad CGI I wouldn't exactly know what it was supposed to be if the spoiler YouTube video hadn't explained it.

Oh, wow, big surprise. He turned into his 17-year old self.

Nerd has an axe?

Is Nerd dead?

Nope. And now he has a sword.

This is way more action-packed than I expected.

Lightsaber fight!!!

And they even reenact actual scenes from Star Wars™.

"It appears in the literature" <makes gesture towards piles and piles of comic books> Perfection!

Everything here is extremely straightforward and they even takes the time to explain what's going on out loud, in case there were any confusion.

So he's supposed to relieve his youth?

How is Nerd playing three video games at once?

This is kinda like Never Been Kissed mixed with Big.

What kind of teenager has a barb wire neck tattoo? (You know the answer.)

Instead of typical romantic music doing a "love at first sight"-scene, Nerd has some Lord of the Rings type music playing instead. I like it.

Where do I know this principal from?

Calling your "son" a bastard in order to imply that you're single is kinda weird.

Nerd was extremely creepy there. What kinda man asks, out of the blue, if he can smell a woman's hair?

Wait, wait, wait. Is that the actress from that one movie, which I can't think of now, but somehow still kinda maybe still remembers?

Zac definitely doesn't know how to wear a cap.

Shopping montage?

Sigh. It just skipped to the result of the shopping montage.

Wait, now Zac looks exactly like he did in High School Musical. Not really a look that demands a second glance.

How does he not know how to answer a phone?

I think that girl just made a sex-joke - but I didn't understand it. Shit, I’m old.

Oh, it's only been 20 years (not 30). Wait, so why is his 20-year-old daughter in high school? And in the same class as his fake ass 17-year-old self?

So the coach hasn't aged a day in 20 years? Is he some kind of god? Eh, this is not even top 20 of most unbelievable parts of this movie.

This is next level bullying. How is still not illegal?

Zac's fake story about how nobody knows him is apparently extremely believable for the only reason that his “dad” is a damn creepy nerd.

Barb Wire Neck-Tattoo Guy looks like a dehydrated undead zombie meth-addict on bath salts.

Oh, no (yes?). A public duel of egos in the middle of the cafeteria.

This movie makes it look like the experience/ego of an older man can outwit a teenager at any time. Or at least if it's Matthew Perry's mind in Zac Efron's body.

Is he some kind of ballet dancer? I mean that in a complementary way.

That is the most disgusting sandwich ever. Heck, anchovies would be an improvement.

Hoop after hoop after hoop. Like father like son.

Leslie is back. Will she recognize Zac? Come on, she's been together with him for 20 years - she should be able to recognize him (even Nerd did so).

Yes! She does see the resemblance - and reacts by completely inappropriately (if he had been a normal teenager) touching and squeezing his face. This is amazing!

"You're not allowed to smell teenagers" says the one nearly 40-year-old woman to the other.

This scene might have been kinda creepy if it hadn't been Leslie Mann. Now it is just adorable and hilarious.

Wait; has Leslie Mann ever won an Oscar? Because she should've.

Girl who was just a second ago visibly turned on by Zac is now visibly repulsed by him. What happened? He made a plead for everyone to be sexual abstinent. Girl, your reaction is very much appropriate.

I know this scene might seem way unrealistic to many. A guy stand up in class and makes a speech about how he believes sex should be saved for marriage for creating life, while all the teenagers scoff at him. Though, since Zac is an old man on the inside, this is just another adult man lecturing teenagers about how "sex is bad" - and I kinda fully believe that this scene is a realistic representation of what an US father would say to a sex-ed class his daughter is in. This is truly the kinda "confidence" (or arrogance) an adult man has when talking to teenagers.

Why are all the girls (and guys?) swooning over his speech about not having sex?

Oh, just two guys having a skafoffle (spell?) on top of a pile of condoms. Normal US high school stuff.

Nerd, what the fuck are you wearing? (I tried to explain his look - but I just can't. It's too much of everything.)

Oh, he's peacocking.

Okay, that was the first time I've ever seen someone sit down in such an extravagant fashion that they managed do present their backside on silver platter, before finally hitting the chair.

If Leslie got together with Zac in this movie, it would, plot wise, actually be pretty darn okay, since she has been with him before (when she was the same age) and kinda still is married to him. So, I'm all for Leslie getting a piece of this.

Montage of Zac getting along with Leslie and their son. I like this. Now, where's the him getting along with his daughter part?

Wow. Leslie can really make a beautiful (though maybe a bit extravagant) garden.

Oh. I'm suddenly really feeling the Zac and Leslie connection. She deserves to be happy - and he seems to make her.

I really dig the aspect of this movie where Zac isn't interested in any of the teenage girls; he only have eyes for Leslie.

Zac is really nailing the Matthew Perry mannerisms.

Again with this girl who for some reason makes octopuses jump to my mind when I see her. What the hell is up with that? Where do I know her from? WTF is up with my memory here?

Finally - Zac is trying to talk with his daughter about her getting dump Barb Wire Neck-Tattoo Guy. Of course it didn't go well - but at least he tried.

Wait. Leslie wasn't been back to her kids' school in 20 years? That... that makes no sense.

Something seems very deliberate about what Zac is doing in this out-of-nowhere sports game. What is he up to?

Oh, I think he might be trying to set up his son to become the hero of the game.

Yep. Yep. Yep. That’s exactly what happened.

Nerd, this is harassment - not romantic courting (wait, is that even a word?).

This movie is kinda succeeding in making me see Matthew Perry when Zac Efron is on screen.

Ah, shit. Now Zac's daughter is way too into him (since she doesn't know he is her father).

Nerd - you act way, way, way, way, way too douchey. That's not something anyone wants. Stop it!

Ah, for fuck's sake. How is knowing that Gandalf the Grey returns as Gandalf the White suddenly perceived as niece knowledge? How is this the crowning moment of the Principal-v-Nerd romance? Sigh times a million.

What made that scene even worse was that the music was only kinda almost slightly similar to Howard Shore's original and brilliant score; it is kinda a disgrace to attempt to relate that to this horseshit.

Ew. She is... ew... while carashing his... ew... For fuck sake, this is father and daughter.

Phew. She backed off the second she thought he was gay. Wait, he clearly wasn't into it - why didn't persist so intensely?

Okay, so the nerd-off apparently included speaking elvis - which is fair to say isn't something most people know. So at least they had that in common.

Ooooh! Leslie is at Zac's teenage party. This is going to be interesting.

Pause. This is just fucking ridiculous. This movie is attempting to make the viewer believe that Nerd got the new Halo game SIX MONTHS (!!!) before release-date? Sigh. Do they even know what the software release cycle is like for anything, let alone a Microsoft game production? This is the most unrealistic part of this movie!

She whistled so loud the music stopped?

Leslie Mann is still utterly amazing and the best thing about this movie.

Women and girls lining up to slap Zac Efron in the face. Psthst.

Wait, that wasn't a fake slap. Zac Efron was for real just slapped in the face multiple times. Since I think I think he fully agreed to it - I do approve of this and fully aspire to experience this myself.

Nerd is a douche. I do not like him. He doesn't do this extravaganza due to him wanting to help his friend - he does it because he thinks its cool to do.

Oh, this is kinda interesting - and the way it is presented is kinda perfect.

Why is Zac Efron such a great actor? This scene is ridiculous, but stil... :'-(

Awww, this is utterly heartbreaking and perfectly acted - with even "The Greatest" by Cat Power playing. This is exactly how a ridiculous movie can turn into something that pulls at my heartstrings.

Wait, I've seen this before. Isn't this a repeat of the opening scene?

The daughter is really not getting any redeeming characteristics in this movie, is she.

Shit. Again with this nerd shit. No, this is not romantic - it is just weird and creepy.


Shit, shit, shit. This is the exact same scene, all over again - and that is exactly what makes it perfect.

Aw, back to this beautifully shot scene again.

Awww, Perry professing his love for Leslie. I love this.

DAMN!!! Leslie grabbing and squeezing Perry's face (again) is even better.

"The End". Wait. What?

Post-credit scene is a giant pun. Yep, I love it.

Heck, this was a pretty amazing movie. Huh. Yea. I think I actually really liked it.

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