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Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood. The problem is that adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. Alone in the closet on her 13th birthday party, 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 only hitch? She has absolutely no idea how she got there.
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 1 S-word, 9 milder words. SEX/NUDITY: No sexual activity or nudity. Just some talk and mild innuendo. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking and mild drunkenness. ACTION: None COMEDY: VERY FUNNY! Lots of chuckles and several big laughs.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good As films of this sort go, this one is solidly entertaining. Garner is wonderful as Jenna, and we have no trouble accepting her as a child trapped in an adult's body. 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.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Jennifer Garner is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in "13 Going on 30,"... There are so many emotional and sexual puzzles to tap-dance around, this should have been a musical.
USA TodayFull Review Good You don't have to be a teen to enjoy 13 Going on 30. Jennifer Garner is appealing and the tale is sufficiently endearing to strike a chord with a broad audience. The silly humor works with the movie's gentle message of self-empowerment and avoids sappiness in a tender interlude where the adult Jenna returns to her childhood home. Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic, "13 Going on 30" should fall easily onto moviegoers' wish lists.
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We collected 208 moviegoer opinions. Nearly everyone loved "13 going on 30." Women especially enjoyed it giving lots of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. The men weren't too far behind the ladies. Most enjoyed it very much so this makes a great date movie. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "13 going on 30."
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
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
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.
Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and decides to take a second
chance at first love.