|Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Teenage, Suspense, Betrayal, School / Campus, Coming Of Age, Fantasy, Love|
Tagline: For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was.
Plot: It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. She’s suffocated by her dorky parents, ignored by the hip kids in school and the cute guy she has a crush on barely knows her name. No longer content to spend time only with her best friend and neighbor, Matt Flamhaff, Jenna invites the cool kids to her 13th birthday party. But the party is a disaster. Jenna is humiliated when she’s locked in the closet for a game of “Seven Minutes in Heaven” and everyone deserts her.
Alone in the closet, Jenna makes an earnest wish. If only she could be all grown up, she’d have the life she’s always wanted.
Miraculously, her wish comes true.
The next day, when Jenna emerges from the closet, it’s 2004 and she’s 30 years old. What’s more, she is a gorgeous successful woman (Jennifer Garner) with a great job and a fabulous Fifth Avenue apartment. She is finally cool and popular.
The only hitch? She has absolutely no idea how she got there.
Initially frightened but gradually enchanted by her new life, Jenna soon realizes there’s something missing — Matt. When she looks him up, she is horrified to discover that she and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) are no longer in contact and he is engaged to be married.
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The movie would have shown some daring savvy if it had played more with the role-playing aspect of fashion spreads. Instead it is content to eat its retro snack cake and have it, too. "Let them eat Twinkies," the movie suggests, instead of getting into dicier issues.
--Elvis Mitchell (The New York Times)
A few minutes into 13 Going on 30, I knew I was in capable hands. Ultimately, the movie may not be as good, uplifting, or perceptive as Big, but it's one of the better teen girl-themed films of the year, and can be enjoyed by viewers of either gender in any age group.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
Early on, "13 Going on 30" raises hopes that its message will be "It's great to be different." So why does it dash those hopes so cruelly?
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)
Jennifer Garner is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in "13 Going on 30," another one of those body switch movies (think "Big," "Vice Versa," "Freaky Friday," etc.) in which a child magically occupies an adult body.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
Garner and Ruffalo make for an appealing little diversion that shows their true star quality. B
--Craig Younkin (Lee's Movie Info)
Effortless and adorable, 30 is a lovable New York romance with the right amount of whimsy and magic. It made me smile through and through, even as obvious plot questions picked at my brain and unrealistic problems stacked up like cars on the interstate during rush hour. 30 might not stay with me longer than a week or two, but it certainly was fun while it lasted.
--Sean O'Connell (FilmCritic.com)
Garner's performance effectively keeps things interesting, even when the film is going through the motions as the conclusion draws near. And though 13 Going on 30 doesn't quite come close to Big, it is a worthy addition to the genre.
--David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)
Um, yeah...More like 13 Going on Boring.
--B. Alan Orange (MovieWeb)
So engaging and ultimately so sweet, that it’s difficult not to get swept up in the fun and sentimentality. 74/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)
I suppose there are worse ways to spend an evening than watching Jennifer Garner grabbing her boobies for 95 minutes. I didn't expect much going into this generic-looking film and didn't get much in return, but was somewhat entertained by it all, despiteits safe and regurgitated themes. 6/10