Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Second Chance at 17 Turns Life Around

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Second Chance at 17 Turns Life Around

Article excerpt

AT 17, Mike O'Donnell is young and in love and thinks he has all the answers.

The problem is he doesn't even know the questions.

And years later, he finds himself wishing he could retake the test.

But as the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for."

Zac Efron, who stars as Mike O'Donnell - at age 17 and at 17 again - said: "It's that grand idea of being able to go back and change the whole trajectory of your life. If you went back armed with the knowledge that you have now, what decisions would you alter and what would the outcome be?"

The screenplay was written by Jason Filardi, who said it wasn't just a matter of getting a do-over.

The key is retaining the memories of the first time around and trying not to follow in your old footsteps, he said.

"I have always thought there was a lot of comic potential in the saying 'If only I knew then what I know now'," he said. …

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