How Tia and Tamera's "Seventeen Again" Became the Latest TikTok Challenge

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1990s millennial babies get in here. An early 2000s movie from our childhood has become one of the latest viral trends on TikTok, and while the movie (and its respective music) has always been beloved, it’s finally getting the due credit it deserves. Yes, we’re talking about Seventeen Again, the 2000 movie starring Tia and Tamera Mowry alongside their brother Tahj. Now if your For You page has looked similar to ours, then you already know that there is a trend currently going on with people recreating the final dance scene that takes place with the entire cast as the end credits are rolling.

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Seventeen Again History

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Okay, first we have to set the scene (bad pun intended). At the time of filming, Tia and Tamera had just recently finished their very successful show Sister Sister, and Tahj had recently wrapped up his show Smart Guy. While we were familiar with all of the Mowry siblings due to their respective hit series, we had never seen the trio all together in a movie before (perhaps due to timing and scheduling). With both Sister Sister and Smart Guy ending their runs in 1999, an opportunity finally opened for all three to work together resulting in… Seventeen Again.

Seventeen Again was filmed in both Toronto and Ontario at various locations throughout 2000, and centered around the Donovan family, who have just moved to Connecticut. Sydney Donovan (Tia) is a seventeen-year-old struggling to adjust to the move and her father’s remarriage after her mother’s death, and her brother Willie (Tahj) is an aspiring scientist who almost burns down while working on one of his experiments.

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It just so happens that their divorced grandparents who don’t get along very well are visiting town at the same time, and end up unknowingly being a part of Willie’s science experiment when they both use a contaminated soap while showering that transforms them back to being seventeen again.

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The movie premiered on Showtime on November 12th, 2000, and would be released on DVD on April 9th, 2002. The film, however, would find its greatest success around the mid-2000s when it would regularly air on Disney Channel (which is how folks like myself discovered it).

The Music

Dance Trend

Okay so this is the part where we get to the dance trend which is actually quite simple. All you have to do is dance to the Seventeen Again sound, which you’ll be able to find in the videos below. You can choose to dance like the cast, or you can do your own thing. If you’re skilled enough with editing, you could even have mock ending credits roll as you're dancing to really nail it. Below are some of our favorites.

So, you’re watching Seventeen Again tonight right? Cool, cause we are too, and you can watch it for free here. Be sure to keep up with us for more entertainment content. 

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