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Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Fantasy / Romance
Original Title: 13 Going on 30
Director: Gary Winick
Writers: Josh Goldsmith,Cathy Yuspa
Released: 2004
Budget: $37,000,000
Duration: 1h 38min
Video type: Movie
After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner - Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo Mark Ruffalo - Matt Flamhaff
Judy Greer Judy Greer - Lucy Wyman
Andy Serkis Andy Serkis - Richard Kneeland
Kathy Baker Kathy Baker - Bev Rink
Phil Reeves Phil Reeves - Wayne Rink
Sam Ball Sam Ball - Alex Carlson (as Samuel Ball)
Marcia DeBonis Marcia DeBonis - Arlene
Christa B. Allen Christa B. Allen - Young Jenna
Sean Marquette Sean Marquette - Young Matt
Kiersten Warren Kiersten Warren - Trish Sackett
Joe Grifasi Joe Grifasi - Mr. Flamhaff
Mary Pat Gleason Mary Pat Gleason - Mrs. Flamhaff
Susan Egan Susan Egan - Tracy Hansen
Lynn Collins Lynn Collins - Wendy

When 13-year-old Jenna goes into the closet for "seven minutes of heaven", you can see actual photos of Jennifer Garner as a kid on the back of the door.

Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, and Judy Greer were the studio's first choices to play Jenna, Matt, and Lucy.

In Jenna's room, on the day of her 13th birthday party, there is a framed picture of Madonna on her vanity table, leaned on the mirror. When she is 30, she comes across the same photograph, but it is signed.

Jennifer Garner was very happy with the studio's choice of Christa B. Allen to play the young Jenna. She felt Allen really embodied her at that age, and later got the producers of Endiste pruutide vaimud (2009) to cast Allen in a similar role.

As Jenna softens, the production team adjusted her wardrobe accordingly, for example, wearing warmer colors. As Lucy (Judy Greer) becomes ruthless, her fashion sense goes the same way.

Mark Ruffalo's first scene was the Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) sequence. He was terrified of doing it, but Jennifer Garner's enthusiasm was "very infectious". Andy Serkis had to rehearse the scene separately from everybody else, because he was in London at the time.

If the cast wasn't sure if things were funny enough, they would ask Judy Greer, because they all felt she was the funniest person on the set.

Jennifer Garner improvised a lot of Jenna's child-like observations. For example, when Alex (Sam Ball) wants to play sex games with Jenna, she suggests Battleship.

Jennifer Garner spent time with teenagers to remember how to act like one.

The slumber party scene was forced upon Director Gary Winick at the producers' insistence, over his strenuous objections. He felt it cut away from the Jenna and Matt romance, which was the real crux of the film. But watching it on the DVD Director's Commentary, he then felt it was one of the best scenes in the film.

The Poise article that Jenna is reading at 13 years old ("Thirty, Flirty & Thriving") features the apartment in which she later lives in when she's 30 years old.

Some scenes between Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo were improvised.

In Australia, the title was changed to "Suddenly 30", because distributors thought audiences would misunderstand the original title.

Rick Springfield attended the premiere, his way of thanking the producers for playing one of his songs in the film.

The scene between Jenna (Jennifer Garner) and Becky (Renee Olstead) in the elevator was shot in one take.

The producers realized how funny Jennifer Garner was during her acceptance speech for winning an award in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) as Sydney Bristow in Alias (2001). They made a point of casting her for the role of Jenna.

Jennifer Lopez is featured on both the Sparkle and Poise magazine covers. Ironically, during the filming of this film, Jennifer Lopez was in a serious relationship with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner's future husband.

It was planned that, when Jenna first picks up a thong, she would say "What am I, a stripper?" The line was cut from the film.

Gary Winick wished he'd done the magic scenes, and where Jenna first sees she's an adult differently. Adult Jenna first seeing herself in the mirror, was a deliberate homage to Big (1988), when Tom Hanks first saw himself as a grown-up.

Although Lucy is portrayed as a very pretty teenager, Judy Greer remarked on the Special Edition DVD that she was more "like a geek" at that age.

The blindfold Jenna is wearing when she is 13 years old is made out of the same material and pattern as the eye cover she is wearing when she wakes up when she is 30. The blindfold and eye cover were both designed by Cris Notti, an accessories designer based out of Los Angeles.

Sean Marquette (young Matt) wore a fat suit for the film.

The celebrities on Poise's Wall of Shame posed for real.

When Jenna thinks there's an intruder in her apartment, she grabs an umbrella to defend herself. When her dad hears the banging from the basement (caused by Jenna) he also grabs an umbrella for self-defense.

Young Jenna puts her dream house, that young Matt makes for her, on top of the board game "Battleship". Later, adult Jenna asks to play Battleship at her boyfriend's house.

Choreographer Michael Peters received a posthumous credit, since Michael Jackson's Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) is used in the film, and he performed the choreography for it. He died in 1994.

Gary Winick was not a fan of Jennifer Garner's television series Alias (2001). She took a break from the series to make Üleöö 30 (2004). It was her first starring role in a film.

Gary Winick likened the scene between Jenna and Mark in Central Park to the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Winick later paid homage to the play even further (with an actual balcony scene) in his final film Kirjad Juliale (2010).

The producers got to use From Here to Eternity (1953) in the film for free, because Sony owned the rights to the film.

Many of the Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) dancers were choreographer Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks' own dancers, and one of them was Producer Gina Matthews.

When Jenna announces, "I also strongly suggest we take apart our F.O.B., overhaul the B.O.B." She's referencing magazine publishing industry acronyms, which stand for "Front of Book" and "Back of Book", and refer to the short articles placed at the front and back of the magazine.

Jenna's birth date is May 26, 1974.

Gary Winick structured the film as a series of stages, following Jenna's growth, self-discovery, and eventual redemption.

Originally, young Matt was to be played by Jack Salvatore, Jr. Test audiences reacted negatively towards him, and the girl originally playing young Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell), so the parts were re-cast, and the scenes were shot again.

When Jenna first gets to Poise, her assistant says that Eminem is on the phone, and needs a decision. She calls out "plain, peanut, plain!", thinking the assistant means M&M, since she doesn't know of the rapper Eminem yet.

It was shipped to theatres under the name "Sugar and Spice".

The film takes place on May 26, 1987, and in 2004.

The scenes on Jenna's 13th birthday were shot twice with two different wardrobes. In the movie trailer, young Jenna is wearing a multi-colored top, and has her hair down, but in the film, she is wearing a blue top, and her hair is up.

Academy Award winner Brie Larson (for "Room" (2015)) can be seen as one of "The Six Chicks" in the scenes at school, Jenna's party, and also has a line in the first scene. Later in the film you can see in a yearbook that she is no longer a part of the group, replaced by Jennifer Garner's character as a teen.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, and Renée Zellweger were all considered for the lead role.

Before they settled on Poise, Sizzle was to be the name of Jenna's fashion magazine.

The camera strap used by Matt in the beginning of the film is an improvised guitar strap.

When Jenna's parents videotape her as a teenager, the camcorder footage was made to look grainy, as if it were really taking place in 1987.

The train scene was filmed on the same train Gary Winick used in Tadpole (2000), for that film's first scene.

A scene where Jenna sees a doctor was shot, but cut.

Niels Mueller, who co-wrote the script for Gary Winick's Tadpole (2000), did an uncredited re-write on this film's screenplay.

Young Matt Flamhaff listens to "Burning Down the House" by The Talking Heads at Jenna's 13th birthday party. The drummer for the Talking Heads, Chris Frantz, was also a member of his wife's group, "Tom Tom Club", at one point in his career. "Tom Tom" was Lucy Wyman's nickname as a 13-year-old in the film.

In 1:15:56 and through out the rest of the conference scene a young Felicity Jones appears on several covers of poise and sparkle behind Andy Serkis

Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, and Brie Larson have been in Marvel-based films. Jennifer Garner played Elektra Natchios in Daredevil - kartmatu tasuja (2003) and Elektra (2005); both prior to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner (a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk). Judy Greer plays Maggie Lang in Sipelgamees (2015) & Sipelgamees ja Vapsik (2018). Andy Serkis plays Ulysses Klaue in Tasujad: Ultroni ajastu (2015) and Black Panther (2018). Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel) in Kapten Marvel (2019).

Several years later, Andy Serkis and Judy Greer would play husband and wife in both "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014) and "War of the Planet of the Apes" (2017).

Both "13 Going on 30" and "White Chicks" were distributed by Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios and released the same year in 2004 and both films take place in New York.

Italian censorship visa # 98142 delivered on April 15, 2004.

At the office, when Jenna's secretary answers the phone and the man says, "Put that little bitch on the phone. Tell her to call Todd", it is the Director's voice.

When Jenna wakes up, and she is 30 years old, she is lost in her apartment. In order to know where she is, she quickly takes a look at some mail she received. One of the envelopes shows that the letter was sent by Sparkle. This will have great significance later in the film.

Jenna turns 30 years old 13 minutes into the film.

Jennifer Garner's first scene was crashing Matt's wedding, one of the last scenes in the film. Jenna was supposed to get to the wedding by hitchhiking, but the writers wanted to do a scene with Jenna and an adult Chris Grandy, so they turned him into her cab driver.

Gary Winick wanted to end the film with Matt and Jenna's wedding, but the studio insisted on seeing them live happily ever after.

When Jenna confronts Matt, as he is dressing for the wedding, a book with the title "Time's Arrow" can be seen on the shelf beside her. The book is a novel by Martin Amis, about a man who experiences his life in reverse. The book opens as he becomes conscious as a very old man near death, and proceeds backwards through his life, ending when he is a small child.

The color of the small dollhouse that Matt builds for Jenna is the same color as the full size house in which they end up at the end of the film.

During the "Thriller" dance scene, Richard hands Jenna's purse to man so he can dance. The man is same person Jenna is revealed to be having an affair with.



Reviews: [25]

  • avatar

    Ironrunner

    On her thirteenth anniversary, the teenager Jenna Rink wishes to be a successful single woman of thirty. Her dream comes true, and on the next day she wakes up older and powerful. However, she becomes disappointed with herself, since she is an awful colleague in her work, she has no friends and no contact with her parents, and her best friend is going to marry another woman, and tries to be thirteen again and rebuilt her life.

    I like this type of fantasy-movie, and I immediately recall "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Freak Friday", "Mr. Destiny", "Big", all of them charming movies. "13 Going on 30" is a delightful and sweet fantasy about a teenager that makes a wish, and once accomplished, she does not like what she sees. Jennifer Garner is simply perfect in the role of Jenna Rink, and the story has some great funny moments, being a forgettable but also great entertainment. The chemistry between Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo is amazing and helps this romantic comedy to work. The music score is also excellent. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): "De Repente 30" ("Suddenly 30")
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    Boyn

    It's 1987 and Jenna Rink (Christa B Allen) is having a hellish 13th birthday. Mocked by the local teen queens and their leader Lucy, with her only friend being Matt, the chubby boy next door, Jenna's had enough. If only she were 30, she'd be able to control her life. A whiff of magic dust later, and she fastforwards 17 years to the supervixen body of Jennifer Garner, a fab job editing her favourite magazine and a walk-in wardrobe. Jenna goes through the usual fish-out-of-water schtick , but finds that although she may have achieved her dreams, she's a bitch. Her best friend's now the adult Lucy (Judy Greer), while the grown-up Matt doesn't want to talk to her.

    Suddenly 30's not innovative and it's certainly corny, but this chick-flick take on Big is charming. Jennifer Garner is suitably wide-eyed and her delight in life is infectious – she's ably supported by Mark Ruffalo as skeptical photographer Matt. I also like that although Jenna struggles in an adult world, she's still able to perform her job, showcasing the talent that she already has as a child. The fashion of both eras is spot on, although Jenna's fondness for Rick Springfield and Michael Jackson's Thriller is more 1984 than 1987.

    Overall, Suddenly 30 makes the most of a tired premise to deliver a feel-good slightly guilty pleasure. ***/***** stars.
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    Risky Strong Dromedary

    In a time when most movies turn out to be a waste of my time, what a pleasant surprise to find this gem. On the surface, it might look like just another romantic comedy. But there was a depth to this movie that surprised and captivated me. A lot of good messages for young girls, 13, 30, and any age before or after. And what an interesting commentary on society. Through the eyes of an innocent 13 year old, who just happens to have the body of an adult, we see just how shallow, false, and empty modern society can be.

    Jennifer Garner is adorable. She exudes a fresh innocence that makes it very believable she is a 13 year old in a 30 year old body. And Mark Ruffalo! He was a surprisingly wonderful hero. I have since seen him in other movies, but this was the first time.

    A definite keeper, and one my whole family enjoys watching, over and over again.
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    Vaua

    Having criticized the writer of "Connie and Carla" for not recognizing the writers of "Some Like it Hot" in the credits, I'd be a hypocrite not to fault the writers of "13 Going on 30" for not thanking the writers of "Big" (and probably "Vice Versa" and all those switch-comedies of the 1980s).

    But unlike the wretched and dreadfully unfunny "Connie and Carla," which featured two horrible performances by the male and female leads, "13 Going on 30" is helped immensely by an utterly charming and winning performance by Jennifer Garner and yet another wonderful turn by Mark Ruffalo, who's fast becoming one of the best actors of his generation.

    Garner has a smile that would melt the heart of the severest cynic and she uses that to great effect. She brilliantly captures the awkwardness of a confused teenager stuck in a 30-year-old body and is thoroughly believable as Jenna. There's a captivating sweetness to her performance that's lovely to watch. Ruffalo plays Matt with understated grace - there are scenes in this film that could easily have been played over-the-top, but it's his low-key approach that makes them all the more convincing.

    The story, itself, is awfully conventional. There's nothing new or unexpected here. Even the odd twist in the plot provides nothing unpredictable. So it's up to the actors to elevate this above the ordinary and mundane. This film pours on the schmaltz at times, but it's Garner and Ruffalo who help take the schmaltzy plot and somehow make it work. This film succeeds solely because of their performances. Garner proved she could do action with TV's "Alias" and the dull "Daredevil," and now she shows she's a damn fine comedic actress, too.

    Romantic comedies are inherently predictable. It's the nature of the genre. And, more often than not nowadays, they're also incredibly dull, uninspiring and make for tough viewing. And "13 Going on 30" being a Hollywood, not independent, film, you know the writers aren't going to take any risks with their story.

    But somehow thanks to Garner and Ruffalo, "13 Going on 30" has undeniable charm. It may not leave a lasting impression, but you leave the theatre smiling and that's more than what can be said of most romantic comedies these days.
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    Mopimicr

    The body swap genre has been done before, and to much success, but the sweet nature of this film cancels out any lack of originality. Jennifer Garner, transported from a 13 year old girl into her 30 year old future self, gives a thoroughly appealing performance which is backed up with strong support from the likes of Mark Ruffallo, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis. Greer in particular is very well cast, she displays subtle but perfect comic timing, some of it improvised (watch out for the Bambi line towards the end of the movie).

    The main surprise with this film is its emotional punch. The importance of family and the importance of staying true to yourself is filtered into the plot without being too sentimental or cloying. By the time the more emotional scenes come around, you might care so much about the characters that you cry along with them. Unashamedly girly, this is one to watch if you fancy a feel-good film that dares to go a little deeper.
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    Use_Death

    It's impossible to imagine this film with anyone other than Jennifer Garner in the lead role - she shines so brightly and so brilliantly in every scene, elevating what would most likely have been a flat and shallow affair without the seemingly-effortless magic of her performance.

    Not that the other players weren't good - Mark Ruffalo came off great here and the rest of the cast was fine, no problems with anyone, it's just that the story (or the telling of it) wasn't exactly original or inspired. No matter, what with Garner lighting up the screen; she's a charmer alright, with her superb comic timing, her infectious warmth and her natural talent for making the audience care deeply about her - you can't learn these things in any acting school on any planet.
  • avatar

    Avarm

    Just saw the sneak preview in Tampa. Excellent. 8 out of 10! ... It's up there with Reese Witherspoon's Legally Blond and Tom Hanks' BIG. It's a nostalgic romp that'll make anyone with a memory smile.

    Jennifer Garner sparkles with charisma and sizzles with charm. She's got that whole `girl next door' thing going on, supercharged with a personality that just doesn't quit. There's great chemistry amongst the cast - and all of them makes this light-hearted tale work.

    The plot - seemingly done to death with `Big', Peggy Sue Gets Married, 18 Again (etc) - turns out to be amazingly fresh. It's funny, light . even logical (as a fairy tale that is) with a simple message for us all. "Be nice. Do the right thing. And live to be happy."

    It'll pull the audiences (aged 8 to 80), make a ton of money for the producers and keep Garner's, Ruffalo's and Winick's phone ringing for some time to come.

    Curmudgeons and violence addicts will do well to sit this one out. Great date flick `and' an outstanding family film. If you're looking for a great way to invest 100 minutes of your life, see From 13 to 30..
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    Yla

    Jennifer Garner plays Jenna, a 13-year-old girl who makes a wish to become older, and she finds herself thrust forward 17 years into the body of a gorgeous 30-year-old executive. Trying to discover what happened, she gets back in touch with her old high school friends, who've all lived 17 years of life, while she is still just a girl in the body of a woman.

    The plot is obviously similar to the movie Big and all the critics have already bothered to point that out. While 13 Going on 30 isn't as good or engaging as Big, it's still a decent film with a nice message. The movie works a lot better than it should because of Jennifer Garner. She's funny and she has a great personality. It also helps that she's having fun in the role and it's so hard to actually hate her because she plays a very likable character. Mark Ruffalo gives an okay performance, he was a little dull though. I don't think comedy is his best genre. There are also some fun performances from Andy Serkis and Judy Greer.

    The film was too cheesy and silly for me at times. For example, there was this one scene where Jennifer Garner is at a sleepover with all these little thirteen year old girls and she's telling them about her kissing experiences. After she does this, they all get up and start dancing. It was just so cheesy and annoying though girls will probably love that part. The movie is also pretty predictable. If you have seen the preview then you should know how things will end. The movie is pretty simple yet still entertaining. It's also a lot better than other similar films like Chasing Liberty and The Prince and Me. In the end, 13 Going on 30 is a decent, charming chick flick that should appeal to it's target audience. Rating 6/10
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    Tori Texer

    In "13 Going On 30" Garner is a 13 year old with a guy best friend and an impossible dream of becoming one of her school's "in" crowd. She pulls a "Rip Van Winkle" and suddenly finds herself 15 years older, with boobs, and the editor of a glitz and glam NYC femme fashion magazine. The rest is a fun frolic about coming to grips with what is important in life...what's steak and what's just so much sizzle. Garner and Ruffalo work well as the leads in this good old family values bop flick which keeps the momentum up 'til the very warm and fuzzy end. An unabashed chick flick, "13 Going On 30" should be an enjoyable watch for teen females and anyone in the mood for a romcom who can still remember what it's like to be 13 going on 30. (B-)
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    Drelalen

    Wow, to be honest: I really didn't think that I was going to enjoy this movie. The beginning was slow, and dragged on a little too much. But after that!

    Garner does an excellent job portraying a confused thirteen year old in the body of a thirty year old. 13 GOING ON THIRTY is arguably one of her best.

    The plot was good. Don't expect any twists or turns, though. Its consistency is one of the things that actually inspired me give it a good rating.

    There really isn't much more to it! 13 GOING ON THIRTY was a great movie and I encourage you to see it if you haven't!
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    Gela

    13 Going On 30 is one of those films you can watch time and time again and it never gets even slightly boring. Whenever you're stuck for something to watch, you find yourself saying "let's watch 13 Going On 30!! Dubbed a girly remake of "Big", I have to say I never once made any comparison to Big while I was watching this film, it's in a league of it's own.

    The lovable cast play a huge role in this film's popularity. You can't help but love Jennifer Garner's sparkly personality, and Mark Ruffalo adds a good bit of eye candy for us girlies!! Jennifer plays awkward 13 year-old Jenna, Mark playing her best friend Matt. Jenna wishes she was 30 and surprisingly gets her wish, only to find that Matt, her best friend and true love, is about to marry someone else. After finding out that her new life isn't all it's cracked up to be, she needs to go back and put things right for a second chance with her one true love.

    It has to be said, this film will rekindle any forgotten love for Michael Jackson's epic "Thriller" in a film-defining party scene (that's all I'm gonna say!)

    In a nutshell, I guarantee that this film will not disappoint - a romcom with that added sparkle - and any guy who says that it's strictly for girls is lying, they'll soon be saying it's in their top 5 films of all time!!
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    Foxanayn

    '13 Going on 30' feels like watching the female version of the 1988 Tom Hanks starrer 'Big'. Of course one knows what to expect from such films so if you watch it with the right level of expectations, you might not be disappointed. It follows the typical romantic comedy chiches but has some funny and fun moments. Jennifer Garner is both cute and hot and she fits her part well. Ruffalo looks uninterested in the beginning but the chemistry seems to build as the film proceeds. I wish they gave the 'thriller' sequence some more footage as that was one of the brighter moments of the film. In a nutshell, it's a decent film that can be enjoyed taking ones level of expectation into consideration. Nothing great. Not exactly memorable but not utter trash.
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    Zamo

    I have this on DVD for 6 years now and I truly enjoyed it. The movie is about a 13 year old girl who has no friends only a guy who fancies her and she hates her life so much. For her birthday her best friend gives her a doll house and magic wishing dust so when she goes into the closet after her party turns out to be a total nightmare she wishes to be 30 flirty and thriving. Magically she is transformed into a 30 year old version of herself and is a high flying magazine editor with a perfect life and a sexy man who is an ice hockey player. But there is someone that she misses the most her best friend Matt Flamhaff(Now played by Mark Ruffalo) who is engaged to a weather girl named Wendy. So she then realises that being an adult isn't as great as she would have thought. The chemistry between Ruffalo and Garner is cute and if you were born in the 1980's then this is for you as it has a great 80s soundtrack from Whitney Houston & Madonna. Also it is a cute romantic comedy that will delight teenagers alike. Worth watching.
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    Jare

    This is a very entertaining movie oriented for a teenager audience that is able to enjoy romantic light comedies mixed with fantasy and some situations that deal with the imagination of a young girl.

    This movie, unlike "Freaky Friday" deals with more mature issues such as having a couple, labor life, and more.

    Still, there's plenty of light comedy and even a great "Thriller" choreography. (R.I.P. MJ).

    So, I can recommend this movie for those who enjoy romantic comedies with a touch of fantasy.

    Jennifer Garner delivers a funny, super sexy performance. She demonstrates she's a very talented actress when it has to do with comedy.

    Mark Ruffalo is an underrated actor and delivers a fine performance.

    Overall this is a funny movie.
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    Yozshujind

    Ah, Mark Ruffalo is at it again! No one can escape his tearfully cute charm and sweetness nor Jennifer Garner's equally hilarious performance in this laugh-out-loud comedy, superior to the similar 1988 film "Big", featuring Tom Hanks. I just could not get enough of this movie! It just makes you want to marry Mark Ruffalo (even if you're a guy) and curse the day he married Sunrise Coigney (honestly, he is THAT CUTE in this movie!!!!) Everyone played so well and you can easily tell that everyone had so much fun working in this film, on set and off. It was an absolute delight to see Garner go from enigmatic super spy to bright but clueless 80s sweetheart. You even regretfully start loving the "antagonist" Tom-Tom for her totally "happening" skanky personality!!! The greatest theme of the film, to be true to yourself, resonates sweetly but powerfully in every scene. It is an utter joy to watch over and over again (Mark Ruffalo is beyond STUNNING and just reduces you to tears at the end, not because of the movie's ending but because of the realisation that you can't be his wife!!!!! Honest!)
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    Shadowredeemer

    I put off seeing "13 Going On 30" when it opened this past spring. Though it starred the stunning Jennifer Garner, the movie looked to be a rip-off of "Big" or Disney's "The Kid"-- 2 movies I really loved. I finally saw director Gary Winick's movie on DVD when on vacation a month ago. I was wrong. "13 Going On 30" is a funny, charming, and sentimental romantic comedy noteworthy on its own. The screenplay by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa is unexpectedly bitter sweet, and quirky at the same time. This is truly a star vehicle for "Alias" star, Jennifer Garner. Here in "13 Going On 30" she is radiant, vulnerable, beautiful, and very grounded. Although Garner's next project is the action movie, "Elektra", her talents and gifts are so tailored for romantic comedies-- that being good romantic comedies like this. Jennifer Garner is a more glamorous Julia Roberts. Well, this is enough of my point of view.

    Garner plays Jenna Rink, who is the typical teenage girl who wants to be something else not realizing that she is already special. Young Jenna (as played by a very good Christa B. Allen) wants to be a "Six Chick", which young Matt (Sean Marquette) points out is impossible, because she would be the "Seventh Chick". Logic aside, Jenna yearns to be popular. So she invites "Six Chick" leader Tom Tom (Alexandra Kyle) and her crew to her 13th birthday party. Matt, who is in love with Jenna, gives her a miniature Dream House that he made including a cut-out of 80's pop star, Rick Springfield. The Dream House also comes along with "magic dust". However, at the party Tom Tom plays a cruel trick on Jenna. Jenna is left devastated, wishing she were "Thirty, flirty, and thriving".

    She then wakes up 30 with a naked pro-hockey player boyfriend in her New York apartment. She is now an editor for her favorite fashion magazine, "Poise", she is co-worker and best friends with Lucy aka Tom Tom (Judy Greer), and she has "boobs". On the surface it looks like Jenna has her dream life. She tracks down grown up Matt Flamhaff (the grown up Mark Ruffalo), who is now a professional photographer. She discovers that they are no longer friends, and that they have not spoken since they were 13 years old. She gradually realizes that she has become a woman who doesn't speak to her parents, and doesn't have any "real" friends. In a great scene with Matt, Jenna tells him "Stop being so nice to me. I don't deserve it... I am not a nice person. And the thing is, I am not 13 anymore." This is a wonderful grown up moment. What do you do, when the choices you made in the past result in you being the person you never intended to be? Credit Goldsmith and Yuspa's story hook-- for taking a light hearted look at the difference between what you want in life, and who you are going to be in life. In a round about fashion Jennifer Garner as Jenna really takes on who she is going to be-- "Remember what used to be good..." It is Garner's earnestness and big heart that wins one over in "13 Going On 30". Garner has such a magical screen presence. Mark Ruffalo (who is also great in "Collateral") has wonderful chemistry with Garner. As Matt one can tell that he always loved Jenna, although he is getting married to someone else. Ruffalo has an understated sweetness and charm.

    Director Gary Winick completes a balancing act throughout. He manages the totally wacky "Thriller" dance sequence, touching family reunion, and quiet moments with Jenna and Matt. Winick's direction is funny, light hearted, and has a touching sense of regret. Though no worries here. Like all good romantic comedies, everything works out. Jennifer Garner is a gifted movie star to watch.
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    Mushicage

    This movie is horrible. Everything in it has been done before. There is nothing original. I cannot stand when writers don't come up with their own plots.

    A girl makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up as an adult. Hmm, sounds a lot like a movie in the 80s called Big. What is even more annoying is Jennifer Garner's acting. She doesn't act like she is 13 she just acts like she is stupid.

    From then on, you can guess the whole plot. She gets a good job and it just so happens that a friend she had at 13 works with her. Wow, how awesome! But, no....her friend is bad and turns on her, trying to get her job. But, of course, she wins in the end when she comes up with a "great" idea.

    There's also a dancing scene in the movie that I've seen a thousand times before.

    I hate this movie.
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    Fek

    This movie is so...cute! I don't have better words to define it. I absolutely adore Jennifer Garner,and she is funny and cute as Jenna Rink. The story is about a girl called Jenna Rink(Garner), a 13 year old girl who strongly wishes to be 30 and have a wonderful life and a beautiful boyfriend as the women she sees in the magazines. One day, at her birthday, she wishes to all her dreams to become true. When she wakes up the next morning, she's 30 years old, a successful magazine editor with a great life and a famous boyfriend.However,as days were passing, she starts to know what she had become and how was her behavior since her 13 years old birthday.She lost her contact with her best friend Matt and even her parents,has no true friends,betrays her boyfriend and her friend of work is Tom tom, one of the popular girls in her days of school who was a total b.i.t.c.h.

    The movie is very nice and remember at some points, Butterfly Effect! :)
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    Xarcondre

    Sometimes a formulaic movie rises above its material due to the charm and performance of its star. 13 Going On 30 is one such movie. We've seen this plot before in Big with Tom Hanks and in its numerous followers the last 15 years. We have a female version of Big this time, starring the wonderful Jennifer Garner from ABC's Alias. It's impossible not to like her performance, which is charming, heartfelt, full of wide-eyed innocence, and star-making. It's clear from watching this film that Ms. Garner is headed for major roles in the future. While the film seems geared toward a female teenage demographic, there's plenty of wish fulfillment to go around for guys too. I mean who wouldn't want to be Mark Ruffalo in this film? To have a hot girl like Jennifer Garner calling you Matty and trying to make things up to you is enough for any male to maintain interest. The 13 year old Jenna wishes she was 30 when her birthday party goes awry and she blames it on her best friend Matty(Ruffalo). At 30, she wakes up as Jennifer Garner, and is forced to try to make sense of what's going on. In the spirit of the better recent body switch movies, like Freaky Friday with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, 13 Going On 30 isn't just a movie with comical results. There is also sort of a moral to learn, which makes the film all the more endearing. Sure there are several parts to the movie that require an enormous suspension of disbelief, such as how Jenna goes from 13 to 30, how Matty would even want to bother with her at 30, working with her magazine colleagues with a 13 year old brain, and especially what she proposes to revamp the magazine she works for. Do we really believe the public is ready to discard celebrity gossip and layouts in favor of ordinary people? Do 13 year old girls really wish they were 30 at times? I'm not so sure about that. However, the complications that ensue via the charming Garner captivate us, and make us yearn for a second chance for something in our pasts too. We can all identify with that. The dance sequences weren't as fun as they were intended to be; because, most of the songs in the film were released long before Jenna would have turned 13 in the movie, making them seem out of sync with her time line. Garner's bounce and energy were enough to carry this film, which is above average of its type. *** of 4 stars.
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    Uttegirazu

    Even Jennifer Garner has admitted the debt "13 Going On 30" owes to "Big," so let's just a) consider how the movie works on its own merits and b) be thankful that this movie is closer in quality to "Big" and "Vice Versa" than "Dream A Little Dream" or "Like Father, Like Son." Now that we've got that out of the way...

    At the end of the second season of "Alias," Jenny's Sydney Bristow woke up to find herself in Hong Kong with two years having elapsed. Similarly, this movie has her character of Jenna Rink (hmmm... Jenna-Rink - close to "generic"... are writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa trying to tell us something?) waking up to find herself in a strange apartment with 17 years having elapsed, and in both cases she discovers things about what she got up to in the intervening time that aren't to her liking. The resemblance ends there, however - well, barring the odd bit of (metaphorical) backstabbing, romance and so on.

    And barring further confirmation that she's less lost on the big screen than several in her position; not only does this play like a real movie and not a custom-built vehicle, but her charm and playing keep the movie going (for all of the good points of "Alias," it doesn't take as much advantage of her warmth as this does). Not that the dimpled one doesn't have any support from Mark Ruffalo as her childhood friend-turned-adult photographer and Andy Serkis as her editor, and not that she isn't initially a bit over the top as the child-adult... but she clicks the moment she exults over getting to ride in a limo (which fortunately isn't too long in screen time after her wish has come true), and Jennifer continues to put doubt at bay throughout the rest of the movie; from her exuberance in the "Thriller" scene (bonus: Serkis moonwalking... Sydney Bristow and Gollum shaking their moneymakers on the dance floor!) to her sorrow when she makes a horrible discovery about herself, it's very much her movie.

    I fear this review might turn into what Americans call a "mash note" to Jennifer Garner, so before I get into how justified her boyfriend's nickname for her is, let's talk about the rest of the movie. It's got some awkward ways of setting Jenna up as a teen of the 1980s, which get in the way of the effect; though she's 13 in 1987, the most prominent tunes associated with her are Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield" - not only does she quote it in conversation, but it plays over the end credits - and the aforementioned "Thriller"... all of which came out well before 1987 (we hear her singing Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," which makes much more sense for a 13-year-old girl in 1987).

    But it's to be praised for avoiding the obvious get-out clause at the end, and it's never going to be confused for anything other than a warm-hearted, non-cynical comedy. Maybe a bit too warm-hearted (how many magazines do you know that regularly dump celebs in favour of "real" people?), but a charmer all the same, and one that'll keep Jennifer Garner fans going until "Elektra" and the new season of "Alias" arrive next year. (And enough Julia Roberts comparisons - JG can do comedy, but can JR do action?)

    Oh yes, and her boyfriend's nickname for her? "Sweetbottom." I told you it was justified.
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    Thiama

    Jennifer Garner is wasting her time with action flicks, if this film is any indication. She is a delight playing a young woman with the body of a thirty-year-old whose mind is just 13, having just gotten her birthday wish to be "30 and flirty." The character of Jenna, in true fantasy movie fashion, gets a glimpse of her life if she stays with a decision she made in one critical life moment.

    This is a clever movie filled with great touches, such as a closeup on Jenna's face as she confides in her friends...who turn out to be a bunch of 12 and 13 year olds from her building...the magazine party where Jenna initiates the dancing...and my favorite, the scene in the restaurant, where her friend points out the "cute" guy.

    Garner is supported by a wonderful cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Kathy Bates.
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    Burilar

    Knowing this film is a rip off of other, better done movies first hand, helps one understands what's to come, and therefore, without any expectations, this little number might be an inoffensive way to spend an hour and a half of one's leisure time.

    The film director, Gary Winnick, works by the numbers in presenting this story about a teen ager who awakens one day transformed into the epitome of all what she wanted to be. Suddenly, the ugly duckling becomes a most beautiful swan, right in front of our eyes.

    The film is helped greatly by the wonderful Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. Ms. Garner has a wholesome look that works in her favor. Mr. Ruffalo is excellent, as always.

    In a way, Jenna, in her wish for being 30, only wanted boobs and a hunk for a boyfriend. Imagine what would have happened if she had wished to be a nuclear scientist, or a brain surgeon?

    Oh well, it's only a film. Enjoy it.
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    Chuynopana

    I'm beginning to see a pattern in the movies I give a 1 to. They are almost all movies that my wife made me watch. Maybe I should stop having faith in her taste in movies. Anyway, this is typical drivel aimed at pre-teen girls but done even more poorly than usual. Once again, the writer broke the cardinal rule of any movie. He/she made the main character unlikable. She starts off by being a complete b*tch to her friend at the beginning, and then finds out when she becomes 30, that she's basically a sh*tty person (having affairs, etc.). Why the F would we feel for this person? OK, let's say we can get past that. Jennifer Garner is about as far from attractive as you can get without having some sort of deformity. I don't know if it's her or the writer's fault, but her character goes well beyond my threshold for annoyance. Here's a tip for future filmmakers: 13 year olds are NOT entertaining, they're annoying. Far and away the most embarrassing moment in the movie came when they danced to "Thriller". Holy crap that was painful. It showed her practicing that dance at the beginning. That explains why she knows it, but an entire club full of people?!? Argh!!! The Macarena would be more believable! All of a sudden she's completely incompetent and has no clue how to do her job and no one notices? At least Tom Hanks' character on "Big" had a job that made sense to a child. These body-switching/child becoming adult overnight movies are really getting out of hand, and this is by far the worst one yet.
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    Yanthyr

    There is nothing wrong with chick flicks. I like them sometimes. Dwelling on their female characters' inner turmoil, lavishing on the inevitable romantic complications, and dishing up some comical beefcake to satisfy the female urge to both be attracted to and contemptuous of men, you either like them or you don't.

    If you don't, avoid this film like the plague. No reason to read further.

    Now that we have our intended audience, my conclusion about this film is that it stinks. Not as in, "worst movie ever made." But rather, it stinks in the sense that it offers absolutely nothing new, has no suspense despite attempting some lame drama, and at times looks almost like a parody of other, (somewhat) better films in the genre, such as "Freaky Friday." It's difficult to say whether this is even a comedy or a drama or a satire, because it has elements of each, and not in ways intended (i.e., the drama is comical, the comedy is dramatic, and the satire is completely unintentional).

    Jennifer Garner just can't pull it off. Everybody seems to want this lady to succeed because she is "cute," or maybe it is because her "tough girl" characters in other projects such as "Alias" and "Daredevil" make a political statement about female empowerment. Whatever the reason, what little charm she has falls flat in this film. And I mean flat as in, she smiles pretty and bounces around but couldn't show a genuine emotion aside from "happy happy" if her life depended on it.

    People at our showing - and it was packed with teenage girls, their parents, their dates, pre-teens, and so on - appeared to have mixed feelings. They laughed at totally inappropriate times, such as when Garner tried to actually show some kind of depth of emotion. People want Garner to succeed, and watching her fail to pull it off is excruciating. The guy next to me laughed a couple of times, but then the laugh trailed off when the scene completely flopped, an embarrassed kind of "I can't believe I laughed at that lame thing" laugh.

    The lamest scene in the film is toward the end. Well, let me re-state that. The entire end is the lamest part of the film, and that is saying something. I'm not giving anything away here, if you can't figure out the ending of this within the film's opening fifteen minutes, you really need to get out more.

    Garner appears at her dream-guy's house (every chick flick has a dream guy, real or imaginary or idealized, and this one is kind of all three) and gives a tearful speech (I think she managed some tears, really it looked more like a pained grimace you would get if you stubbed your toe really badly) and tries to emote about how much she cares. It comes off, though, looking as if she is simply having a real difficult time remembering her lines. That's when the laughter popped up. It wasn't me laughing, by the way, but rather some of the teens who are this turkey's target audience. I was stunned, because it really gave me hope that Generation Z or whatever it is called these days isn't a total loss.

    Anyway, so Garner isn't up to it, even though everyone seems to want her to be. What about the rest of the film? Well, if you've seen your garden variety gay stereotype New York boss, your backstabbing co-worker, and your usual evil over-the-top female schoolyard popular girl group (whose development looks more interesting than this film), then you pretty much already have seen everything this film has to offer.

    The plot is way, way out there - it's almost as if the writers are winking and nodding at us, saying "we know this is total garbage, but you know you lap it up anyway." Actually, there is the seed of a good movie in this tripe, and that is the "alternate character" that our heroine Jennifer replaces (well, it's really herself that she replaces, but not her, or should I say, a potentially much more interesting her). You actually may begin to feel some sympathy for the villain in this story, by the way. She seems a lot more alive than Garner despite getting about a quarter of the screen time and being a complete caricature.

    I liked the film's locations. It primarily was filmed in Greenwich Village around 5th Avenue and 11th Street and in mid-town Manhattan. I found myself annoyed at the character development scenes and waiting for good shots of some of my old haunts.

    Seriously, consider renting "Peggy Sue Got Married" or "Jawbreaker" or "Freaky Friday" if you want to see an evil schoolgirl clique or female body-switching or female time-travel film, you're likely to have a much better time.
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    Zeleence

    "13 going on 30" is a decent movie, but the 13 year old girl in this movie must be mental to want to be a 30 year old so badly. Seriously, what the hell kind of girl wants to be a 30 year old? I don't ever remember ANY kid wishing to be 30 when I was younger. Nearly every kid wanted to be 16 because you could finally drive, and some wanted to be 18 because you were finally a legal adult. Now I do remember some kids thinking being 21 would be really cool when I was 12. But I don't ever remember any sane kid thinking 30 was some cool age to be. When you're a kid, all kids think 30 is middle age and 40 and over is super old. So no kid would want to be 30 if that's middle aged. Since the dawn of humanity, 30 means a "mature grown up" or "adult", and there's NO WAY around that. You can fool yourself into believing otherwise, but it's the truth. 30 is like your mom and dad when you were growing up, and all your stupid teachers at school that tried to be cool infront of kids by listening to music 2 years out of date. So what teenager wants that?

    It might make sense that the girl in this flick, Jenna Rink, would possibly want to be 25 years old. 25 is often thought of as this chique age to be, but 30? She's a nut, and that scene where she's crying and saying "I want to be 30! I want to be 30! Please God I want to be 30!" made me laugh at loud. NOBODY thats a kid wants to be 30. Only 40, 50, and 60 year olds make wishes that they could be 30. Normal 13 and 16 year old teenagers don't want to be 30.

    20 year olds don't want to be 30, and they still believe that 30 is just a made up story that's so far away that will probably never happen anyway. While 25 year olds dread about the reality of turning 30 and being "the grown ups" in the near future and constantly moan about how they're not kids anymore. This whole "wanting to be a 30 year old" took me right out of the movie, because no kid wants to be that old.