13 Going on 30
Release year: 2004
Director: Gary Winick
Screenwriter: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Kathy Baker, Phil Reeves, Sam Ball, Christa B. Allen
Jenna (Jennifer Garner) can’t wait to be in her thirties so on her 13th birthday she makes a wish and wakes up next day, in the future, in a 30 year old woman’s body.
13 Going on 30 is a sweet romantic comedy about the old theme of realising the consequences of one’s choices and about being given a chance of redemption. In 1987 Jenna dreams of nothing but growing up and being chique. Via magical dust she wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old but still 13 on the inside. Garner (Dallas Buyers Club 2013) is sweet and funny in her first starring role (she shot the movie on a break from then hit TV show Alias), and she carries the movie well, with the help of Christa B. Allen (Youth in Revolt 2009) as her younger self. Jenna discovers that she has cut off contact with her best childhood friend, Matt, who reappears in the story as the always charming Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac 2007). Where it is heading from here is pretty obvious, but if you love romantic movies you will enjoy the ride immensely. 13 Going on 30 will appeal especially to those who remember the 1980s as it is filled with 80s nostalgia, all set to a great soundtrack. In conclusion, if you’re having a crappy day, put on 13 Going on 30 and you’ll feel better- guaranteed.
Jennifer Garner was very pleased with the casting of Christa B. Allen to play her character’s younger self as Garner felt Allen really embodied her at that age. She was so pleased with Allen’s performance that she later got the producer’s of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) to cast her in a similar role.
Picture copyright: Sony Pictures