Box-office analysts, who have had a dismal record of predicting winners this year, are forecasting that Warner Bros.' 17 Again , starring Zac Efron will do the kind of business that Hannah Montana The Movie did a week ago. Its only major new competitor is Universal's thriller, State of Play, starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. In the Los Angeles Times , writer Ben Fritz observed, "Low expectations for State of Play are another sign that ticket sales are increasingly being driven by younger and less affluent moviegoers, as older crowds seem happier to stay home and watch DVDs or TiVo." A third new film, Crank High Voltage , was not screened for critics.

17/04/2009