13 Going on 30 ★★★

The reason girls rule and boys drool? Hanks just wished to be “big” and Garner got more specific, wishing to be “30, Flirty, and Thriving”.
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[side thoughts, with a few SPOILERS: that mag redesign would not sell tho, not fabulouso enough. Really into Jennifer Garner in this; I wish the last section wasn't about female-friend-backstabbing and an attempting to break an engagement, although I guess it went from female Big to female Graduate, there. But what I like about this that separates it from Big is that time does jump forward 17 years and tech and music has changed and nostalgia for the 80s was just starting to that was definitely on trend. Also it is more than the "Female Big", that's just the easiest way to describe and it does share a lot of similarities, checking the goods, wanting a play date, taking over a company with youthful verve, but there is a dissimilarity in message, which here is be nice to others and there is enjoy being young and don't grow up too fast. Due to the genders, I can't help but think that Big shows male privilege in that if he's patient, he'll get what he wants; here, though the message of being nice to others is good, there's definitely a little shaming of "ballbuster" women which is sometimes what it takes to thrive, like just get with the nice boy you grew up with and you'll be okay is still the "big" fantasy of a young boy. The boys get an “it gets better” reassurance and girls get “be better.” I don’t want to sound negative, though, because Garner is very good and there are so many instances where she perfectly looks and acts like a 13-year-old with the confidence of an adult body. It's very cute and there are definitely some laughs but the gender divide in teen comedies should actually be doing the work to treat these experiences as equal, not that girls need to do more work than boys.]

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