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13 Going on 30

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

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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
Languages
English | Portuguese
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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