13 Going on 30

  • 12
  • Gary Winick (2004)
  • US
  • 93 min
13 Going on 30
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This update of the much explored body-swap theme is essentially a female Big. Cute and frothy, it's an ultra-girlie, wish-fulfilment fantasy that plays like a teen magazine come to life. In it, a nerdy 13-year-old girl's dreams become reality when she's miraculously transformed into gorgeous and successful 30-year-old Jennifer Garner. Though the events that follow are unrealistic fancy, Garner's delightful and authentic-feeling turn helps paper over many of the plot holes. Her adolescent take on the adult world is completely charming, infusing the film with a scatty innocence. This is nicely balanced by Mark Ruffalo's unassuming performance as her childhood best friend. Overall the tale is flimsy and predictable, but it's buoyant and engaging enough not to matter.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy fantasy starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. In 1980s America, nerdy young Jenna desperately wants to become an adult. Hiding in the closet during a game at her 13th birthday party, she wishes that she could be a 30-year-old. When she steps out of the cupboard her dream has miraculously come true - it's 2004 and she's now a successful magazine editor.

Cast and crew


Jenna Rink
Jennifer Garner
Matt Flamhaff
Mark Ruffalo
Lucy Wyman
Judy Greer
Richard Kneeland
Andy Serkis
Bev Rink
Kathy Baker
Wayne Rink
Phil Reeves
Alex Carlson
Samuel Ball
Marcia DeBonis
Young Jenna
Christa B Allen
Young Matt
Sean Marquette
Trish Sackett
Kiersten Warren


Gary Winick

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Aug 2004
Certificate 12