Life is all about second chances and making the most out of them. Well, the media has taken those ideas to a whole other level! Over the past 20 years, Hollywood has become obsessed with giving people second chances by changing their ages — younger people wanting to be old and older people wanting to be young.
Last Friday, some STACKS Staffers went to see yet another one of these films, 17 Again. Was it any different than other past films dealing with age transformation or body swapping? Not really, but it was cute and it did have Zac Efron going for it! He was certainly one of my main motivations for going to see the movie.
If you liked 17 Again, then here are some more movies that you might also like:
13 Going On 30 (2004)
Jen Garner doing the Michael Jackson "Thriller" dance is classic!
18 Again! (1988)
How many of you would like to switch bodies with one of your grandparents? Yeah, neither would I, but that's just what happens in this film.
If you haven't seen this movie, I have just two words for you: RENT IT! Plus, after finishing this movie, you'll want to head out to FAO Schwartz or your nearest toy store. But remember, there should be no age limitation for playing in a toy store.
Freaky Friday (1976 & 2003)
Though originally a book by Mary Rodgers, many of you probably know the story from the movie with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. But did you also know that the first movie version came out in the '70s and starred Jodie Foster (from other films such as Nim's Island).
Like Father Like Son (1987)
Oh, I miss Kirk Cameron! He was the Zac Efron of the 1980s!
Vice Versa (1988)
This body swapping flick starred Fred Savage, another cutie from the 1980s generation.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
If I got the chance to redo high school or middle school, I might take it. But being thrown being thrown back in time without my consent . . . no thank you!
So, have books and literature caught onto this trend as well? Not exactly, but I'm sure they will soon. (And if you need a story topic for your next creative writing project, why not try this one out?) For now, here are a couple of books that have tried out the age transformation and body swapping subject:
Help! I'm Trapped In My Sister's Body by Todd Strasser
The title says it all! Yikes, what a nightmare!
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer