17 Again (2009)
There are thirteen per dozen of the films in this mould, but 17 Again turns out to be quite allright, despite Zac Efron's giddy persona and the customary use of stock characters. Matthew Perry has turned out as the boring 37-year-old version of Zac Efron's 1989 high school hot shot. When his wife leaves him and he has estranged his children, he gets help from a spirit (or a fairy or whatever) to become 17 again. Enter Zac Efron (again), as a perplexed grown-up in a teenage body. We're going back to high-school for a series of complications and the ever-present search for purpose, and as it goes along, 17 Again is able to get quite a bit of truthfulness and amusement across, thanks in large to the wonderful Thomas Lennon (as Efron/Perry's pal/uncle/father) who easily steals every frame he's in. Efron is fine too, especially when he is given other tasks than being a cool high school champ, and there are some interesting segments between him and the beautiful Leslie Mann. Burr Steers directed with childlike inspiration. Watch out for fun high school pics of the actors during the end credits.