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17 Again

"Oh, to be young once more," wishes Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry). Unhappy with his life and missed opportunities, the 37-year-old man is both surprised and delighted when he is given an unexpected chance to be 17 Again (his teenaged self is played by Zac Efron). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 101
Theater Release: 17 Apr 2009
Video Release: 11 Aug 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

A teacher in this movie says, “Asking high school seniors to be abstinent is like asking a porcupine to poop goat cheese.” Do you agree with this statement? Do you think adults’ attitudes toward teen sexuality affect their decisions to engage in sexual behavior? How have adult attitudes about teen sexuality changed in the past few decades?

In the movie, Mike has to become a teenager again before he is able to talk to his kids about sex. Is it possible for parents to have frank discussions with their children despite their age differences? Why are movie depictions of these kinds of conversations so rare?

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