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The Vox Box

Encore for 17 Again

Zac Efron stars as Mike in “17 Again.” Warner Bros. (Warner Bros. / The Spokesman-Review)
Zac Efron stars as Mike in “17 Again.” Warner Bros. (Warner Bros. / The Spokesman-Review)

Just imagine what would happen if your dad returned to age seventeen and attended your high school for a week.  Just imagine if he guided you through an unexpected breakup.  Just imagine if he gave you the courage to stand up for yourself, your dreams, and your ideas.  Just imagine if 17 Again were playing in a theater near you.

Matthew Perry and Zac Efron play Mike, a middle-aged man whose hectic life and ongoing divorce troubles have him wishing for the "good ol' days" of his senior year in high school, when he was the basketball team's leading star with the brightest future ahead of him.  His skills in basketball attracted several colleges' attention, but he threw away that dream in order to marry his high school sweetheart Scarlet.  ...So when Mike wakes up to find himself at age seventeen once again, will he make the same decision?

Mike goes back to high school with his daughter and his son, "undercover" as their long-lost cousin.  He realizes how detached he has become from his kids as he watches his teen daughter (played by Michelle Trachtenburg) throw away her future for her psychotic jock boyfriend and his son get tormented day in and day out by the same basketball team Mike himself was once apart of.  But can he measure up to be who his kids need?  Will his detachment from them as a father impair his ability to connect with them as a fellow teenager?  And will Scarlet, his almost ex-wife, give Mike the second chance that fate granted him?

17 Again is the fun-loving, spirited, and original family comedy everyone has been waiting for.  Its star cast truly delivers in this sensational film about life, love, family, growing up, and appreciating life's simply breathtaking moments.

In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at