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. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunetly, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew.
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.
I did not choose to watch this film.
What a lovely film. I'm a sucker for these sorts of body-swap movies, and if it's not quite the equal of 17 Again, this one's still great fun.
A 13-year-old girl hides in a closet during her disastrous birthday party and, thanks to some wishing dust (I'm not sure whether this is a real thing), wakes up to find that it's 17 years later - and she's 17 years older; in fact, she's Jennifer Garner, a magazine editor and a bit of a bastard.
Sometimes the film calls to mind Diana Lynn's withering line to Ginger Rogers' child impersonator in The Major and the Minor - "You're 12, you're not six" - by overplaying the central character's naivety, and occasionally…
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.
I went into this thinking I was going to hate it, but I actually enjoyed it. It's a standard romantic comedy, but where it really stands out is believing Jennifer Garner is a 13 year old. Just like Tom Hanks in Big, you really believe that there is a child's mind in an adult's body. She did a very good job of that. The soundtrack was also killer, it injected the right amount of fun in the movie.
Now what I was really hoping for, and would have made this movie an instant 5 stars was if Mark Ruffalo suddenly Hulked out and Elektra had to take him on...
13 Going On 30 may be yet another addition to the cavalcade of films within the diverse body-swap genre, but it manages to capture a pure innocent essence that many fail to even recognise. Jennifer Garner is an absolute delight.
1. This film features a massive slap in the face to Jim Gaffigan. He's not THAT ugly, you guys.
2. Mark Ruffalo really brought some needless pathos to his role, to the extent that it kind of destroys how this film thinks certain scenes are playing.
3. This is probably the film you think of when you think of a lame Hollywood romantic comedy for all audiences. I couldn't begin to list the number of cliches that appeared here.
Thirteen-year-old Jenna somehow leaps forward in time to inhabit her own adult body (Jennifer Garner), thereby discovering that she has become a terrible human being who will betray anyone to win acceptance from the right clique. Trying to reestablish a relationship with the now-adult boy (Mark Ruffalo) who was her childhood best friend before she ditched him, she discovers the importance of friendship and loyalty.
This tired film revisits the body-switching theme that has been done so many times before in much better films. Garner overacts terribly at times, but she has some nice scenes with Ruffalo, who plays the only character that displays any intelligence. I never believed in the authenticity of its fashion magazine setting. Jenna's big idea for the magazine redesign, which receives so much applause, is unbelieveably bad.
Cute film. Great soundtrack
This has always been one of my fave movies. Love Jenna, Matty, and the sweet peaceful atmosphere in this movie. Even when I coincidentally switching channels and see this in the middle of the story, i can enjoy watching it.
Congratulate me because it's first time finishing it with full comprehension! I've been trying to sit and finish it everytime it'll be aired on HBO or just some chance of seeing it play, but never did I finish this movie. But tonight I did! And I'm really glad I did. Thank you for this movie I now have the last song syndrome for Crazy for You.
Yeah it's 'Big the female version' but I dunno why I just like this movie.