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13 Going On 30
For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was.
After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. With a little magic, her wish is granted, but it turns out that being thirty isn't as always as awesome as she thought it would be!
I am a guy. A bloke, chap, lad, dad, testosterone driven being.
I argue when I'm right, argue fiercer when I'm wrong and am never discouraged by the fact that I'm wrong 95% of the time.
I love football, beer, loud music, making fire and stuff that goes boom.
I am getting less hair where I want more and getting more hair where I want less. My testosterone makes me overcompensate by working out too much and acting like a juvenile git.
I am a guy.
And I unequivocally love this film and will defend it to death because I am right.
Review In A Nutshell:
Everyone has those set of films that they have encountered in their youth that stick with them in a positive light even after one has grown so much in emotional and physical maturity. 13 Going on 30, better titled in Australia as Suddenly 30, was a film that I encountered nearly on a daily basis during my days in primary school as my young sister was mesmerized by it, finding an amazing role model to cling onto, hoping that when she becomes older she would also find success in the realm of fashion and still retain that sense of innocence and virtue. I latched onto these films for different reasons; I found myself heavily attracted to…
The Hulk and Gollum dance to Thriller together, need I say more?
"I'll have a Pina Colada, not virgin. Wanna see my ID? Totally have it!"
13 Going On 30 is a tear-wrencher of the very most cruel kind - has me saying 'aaaaw' once too many. Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are just too cute. I know it's not a perfect movie or anything - but it goes all the right places, and that's enough.
Also, a hint of the 80's is never a bad thing in my book.
A fun, funny guilty pleasure. An unoriginal plot (think the female version of Big) made enjoyable by a surprisingly charming Jennifer Garner who gives a surprisingly good performance. Her best in my opinion. Nice cast that includes Judy Greer and, oddly enough, Andy Serkis. Believe it or not, this was my first introduction to Mark Ruffalo and I've been a fan of the guy ever since. Loved the Thriller dance sequence. Great soundtrack. Touching and often hilarious.
Fun, sweet, with solid performances. Andy Serkis stands out. Enjoyed this much more than I expected I would.
Lots of good ideas, lots of good actors and a lot of waster potential and loose ends.
It's alright to watch, and not the worst chick flick out there, but it's not very memorable. And while the concept in and of itself is alright, I feel like they could have done so much more with it.
In the end the film leaves more questions than it answers.
I'll probably never watch it again, it's not torture, but you don't miss out on anything by skipping it.
Jennifer Garner is a very good actress. Mark Ruffalo is as ruffalo as ever, but it's really Garner's film from her first moment on screen.
Gary Winick is not a good director, but he made some good movies. It happens.
You know, this is the first "non kid" film I ever saw and liked, all I used to watch was spongebob and then this.
Now I am 16 and it feels funny how this films reflects people from all ages.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
On a very surface level one might be tempted to compare 13 Going On 30 to Big, in that it injecting a younger mindset into the adult world reminds the grown-ups how to play and be a kid again. While in some instances it is correct (the Michael Jackson Thriller scene is strongly reminiscent of Big's keyboard scene), 13 Going On 30 has a distinct negativity attached to children.
13 Going On 30's world is the world where Jenna achieved all her childish dreams. Her and everyone around her are petty and, essentially, act like children. Anyone who has been a kid knows how much of horrible pieces of shit children can be. By the end of the film, Jenna…
I thought this would be crap at worst, average at best. I expected a substandard girlie version of "Big". And YES, it does mightily rip off "Big" (after "Groundhog Day" my fave in the "magically-supplant-protagonist-into-bizarre-situ-before-second-chance-and-life-lessons-all-around" genre). But the rip off here is ok. And what does "13" have that "Big" didn't? Chick-flick leaning sure. Cool '80s influence definitely. But most of all what makes "13" special is Mrs. Ben Affleck. Jennifer Garner deserves an Oscar for this perf - she nails the teen mannerisms and character at least as well as Hanks did. Undeniably adorable, she carries this fluffy tale into classic, joyous territory. Combine that with some added spins here - reminders of how split second decisions in youth (and our choice in friends) can lead us down widely divergent paths - and you've got maybe the best "do over" movie in history.
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