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'17 Again': All hail the return of the age-reversal movie...again!

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Seventeenagainefron_lWith the release of Zac Efron’s 17 Again right around the corner, I’d like to take this opportunity to address the elephant in the multiplex – namely, the fact that we’ve seen its age-reversal plot before. Many times. There was George Burns’ 18 Again! about an old-guy-turned-youngster. It came out in the same year as Tom Hanks’ Big, which was pretty much the opposite (kid-turned-adult), but oddly felt the same. And who could forget that episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch where she uses magical aging cream to seem more mature on her quest to woo barista Josh? (You know you’ve seen – and loved – it.)

The list goes on. And it certainly wouldn’t be complete without another family-friendly film called – that’s right – Seventeen Again. (Like you don’t remember the 2000 movie starring Tia, Tamera, and Tahj Mowry.) In case you’re one of the billions few who haven’t seen it, Tahj’s character conjures up some magical soap that his divorced grandparents accidentally use. And – voila! – they are 17 (again). The fact that they rekindle their love after seeing each other’s hot young self once more makes this age-reversal flick the most ridiculous in my book. But who knows, perhaps 17 Again will take the cake. Will you see it, PopWatchers? And what classics of the genre stand out in your mind?