Posted by: Gregg | August 21, 2007

Hollywood wants to kill me – part 218 in a series.

More recent proof, as if I needed it, came last night while watching Entertainment Tonight. Apparently, teen heartthrob Zac Efron recently signed a movie deal to star in Seventeen, a movie about a burned-out 36-year old guy who suddenly wakes up in the body of a seventeen-year-old boy.

Putting aside the obvious rip-off of movies like Big and Freaky Friday for a moment, let’s look at that sentence again. According to Hollywood, 36 is a decrepit, horrifying age where your life is pretty much over and the only way to get any joy is to fantasize about being a teenager again.

I turned 35 just last month. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I’m skipping opening weekend. And may Zac Efron be forever disfigured in a horrifying self-tanning accident.


  1. How sad that Hollywood has such influence on people’s perception. It makes me sick to even think that 30 is considered old any time but the medieval ages.

  2. Poor little Zac Efron. He was so good in Hairspray (not being in many scenes with the distractingly fat-suited and awful John Travolta helped), and I can’t really blame him for accepting this part anymore than I can blame Elisa Cuthbert for agreeing to participate in the torture-porn extravaganza that was (I hear, anyway, never saw it) Captivity.

    The people who write these films, however, are just pandering to a demographic, and I’d like to think that there are enough people out there over 30 (and under 30, heck) who are intelligent enough to see through the ageist (and in Captivity’s case, violently misogynistic) crap that’s fed to us.

    I’m not particularly optimistic about that, though.

  3. Not old per se, but 35 is certainly middle-aged if you look at life expectancy. .. LOL, “may Zac Efron be forever disfigured in a horrifying self-tanning accident.” Too funny!

  4. Thanks, however I really don’t want to think of my life as half over. I guess it means that I really need to exercise more.

    Fun fact: “Zac Efron” + “tan” on a Google search comes up with more than 230,000 hits.

  5. Just stumbled across your blog and am intrigued. I look forward to your next few posts. Thanks for the mental break from writing woes. Cheers.

  6. Oh, I can’t stand that guy. The other day I was having a little self-righteous moment, thinking how I had better taste when I was a tweeny and teeny than to like guys like Zac Efron…until I remembered that I had a picture of Mark Paul Gosselaar in my locker (you know? Zack from Saved by the Bell, of later years on NYPD Blue?). So I guess I better just shut up on Efron.

  7. Yep. It’s 13 Going On 3o all over again, only with less winsome charm and more grinding self-loathing.


  8. Depressing isn’t it…

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