13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30

Gary Winick (2004)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & 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
Arlene Marcia DeBonis
Young Jenna Christa B Allen
Young Matt Sean Marquette
Trish Sackett Kiersten Warren
Director Gary Winick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Aug 2004
Comedy Drama