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13 Going on 30

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Gary Winick
  • 93 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A 13-year-old girl wishes she could skip the misery of growing up and become an adult overnight. However, the next day she wakes up to find 17 years have mysteriously passed and she is now a successful magazine editor approaching her 30th birthday - and her new life is just as hard to cope with as her old one. Romantic comedy, starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Christa B Allen and Andy Serkis.

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Review

Rating: 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 in which a nerdy teenage girl's dreams become reality when she's miraculously transformed into a 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jenna RinkJennifer Garner
Matt FlamhaffMark Ruffalo
Lucy WymanJudy Greer
Richard KneelandAndy Serkis
Bev RinkKathy Baker
Wayne RinkPhil Reeves
Alex CarlsonSamuel Ball
ArleneMarcia DeBonis
Young JennaChrista B Allen
Young MattSean Marquette
Trish SackettKiersten Warren

Crew

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DirectorGary Winick

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2004-08-06
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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