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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows importance of pursuing your dreams. Don't be afraid to try new things or to give people a second chance.
Positive Role Models
Sydney shows integrity by standing up to popular girls who thrive on bullying others, albeit in a less than ideal way (punching one of them in the face). Cat and Gene realize they both need to learn to trust each other. Sydney realizes she'll never be happy if she doesn't try new things and take chances.
Director Jeffrey W. Byrd is Black, and one of the producers is Darlene Mowry, mother of the film's main characters played by Tia, Tamera, and Tahj Mowry, who are biracial Black and White. Women have powerful roles, including as teachers, and men try to connect with their own feelings. Tahj Mowry's Willie is a boy genius who loves spending time in his lab.
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Violence & Scariness
Gene pushes another kid. Sydney punches a bully in the face. Talk about the possibility of the anti-aging formula killing Cat and Gene if they don't discover an antidote in time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of talk about finding "hotties" and romantic relationships, including divorce. One character constantly hits on Sydney with lines such as, "What's up, baby, you miss Daddy?" In a sex-ed class, a teacher illustrates how to properly put on a condom using her finger and explains that you need to "place it over the head of a fully erect, turgid penis." A couple of romantic kisses.
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Insults such as "loser" and "fool." Taco Bell is referred to as "Taco Hell." A teacher instructs teens on safe sex, placing a condom "over the head of a fully erect, turgid penis."
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Products & Purchases
References to Domino's and "Taco Hell."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Seventeen Again (not to be confused with Zac Efron's 17 Again) is a Showtime original movie about the wacky hijinks caused by an anti-aging serum that stars Sister, Sister leads Tia and Tamera Mowry. Expect sexual content such as conversations about adult relationships and divorce, talk of nabbing "hotties," tips on how to be a "mack daddy lover," a couple kisses, and a frank scene in which a teacher explains how to properly put on a condom to high school students. High schoolers bully classmates; one character "fights back" with a punch to the face. Language includes "fool," "loser," and "Taco Hell." The film has messages about the importance of pursuing your dreams and giving second chances when warranted. The main ensemble is mostly Black, led by the Mowrys, who are biracial Black and White. Women are shown in powerful roles (e.g., teachers), and men try to connect with their own feelings. Despite his less-than-successful inventions, Willie (Tahj Mowry) is a boy genius who loves spending time in his lab. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is another entry in the "adults becoming teenagers again" subgenre, and it doesn't add much to the canon. Though having the adults in Seventeen Again be grandparents rather than parents adds a slightly new twist, it lacks enough originality to warrant repeat viewings.
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