Captivating, deeply moving film of middle-aged Matthew Perry, who gave up his dreams of a basketball scholarship to marry his pregnant girlfriend, and is now mired in failure and self-loathing as his marriage and career implode. Enter a mystical janitor, who gives him the chance to be 17 Again (and Zac Efron).
It has the sheen, the montages and occasionally the morals of a sanitised teen film, with a subplot about Perry's nerdy best friend (Thomas Lennon) romancing the school principal that's very naff and broad (and stalkery), but the central story is beautifully conceived, written and realised, with Efron irresistible as he carries the film on his back, navigating a script that ranges from speeches rich in enduring pathos to comic pitfalls and deadpan asides.
I like Big, 13 Going on 30 and both Freaky Fridays, but this film is just in a completely different league. It has The Greatest by Cat Power over the key scene, ffs. Gold.