I should watch more movies as uplifting as this one! It wasn't corny at all, as I expected, but sweet and fun! That was my first impression, but as the ending drew nigh it got me a bit moody too, because I'm just like the guy in the movie, except that I never took any of those chances I was given, and now ten years later... here I am. Not in the same situation as he is, but still, I can relate. It was twenty years for him though, right? It's never too late! Make it a slice of life inspiration.
I mean: I will.
As for the movie: it had just the right balance of love and comedy, and some pretty emotional scenes that hit me right in the feels. Plot-wise it reminds a lot of Big, the 1988 classic with Tom Hanks, and a bit of the newer Central Intelligence. Basically: a man in a middle-life crisis wishes he could be seventeen again, to right the wrongs he's been regretting for so long. A janitor comes along and asks if that really is what he wants? Sure, he says, and so it goes...
Zac Efron and Matthew Perry play the main role here, as well as Leslie Mann (the romance part) and Thomas Lennon (the fun part), and they really make a great cast! It has its awkward and embarrassing moments, and there's also that one party scene, but they handle the plot twists and intrigue with utmost elegance for the most part. I mean, what would you do if you suddenly go to the same school as your kids? Or your wife's your best friend's mom? Yupp, fun things happen.
It's a trip: a cheesy, crazy, and gripping tale with great relatability. Though it might seem like the wrong genre for all genders, it feels like one of those rare movies that was made in such a way that it has something for all. A refreshingly uplifting and fun watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle