I went into 17 Again, starring Zac Ephron and Dawn Summers from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer show (inspiration for my nom de blog) with zero to negative expectations.
But on yet another dull Friday night in the Summers household, it fit the bill perfectly: in stock and unseen.
The movie damn near immediately won me over with Zac Ephron busting a move to Ton Loc's "Bust a Move!"
That's how songs are supposed to work in movies!! T
he movie was sheer cinematic genius from there. Plot is fairly simple, middle aged man, unhappy in his dead-end job and about to be divorced, longs for his halcyon high school days and Voila!
Dawn Summers gets to ogle hottie Zac Ephron instead of groan about Eeyorish Matthew Perry. (He plays Chandler from Friends in EVERYTHING!) The movie is funny and touching, if predictable at times (of course, his daughter has to fall for him.) I did NOT like the relationship between his geeky best friend and the principal, though. And I try not to wonder how his daughter is still in high school after 20 years, if he supposedly had to give up his dreams of going to college because he had her straight out of high school. How many times can you get left back in the age of social promotion?
But in every other respect, 17 Again is fun for the whole family! And may become the first movie I've bought in a long time.
Zac Ephron forever.