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At Theaters: 4/23/2004 On Video: 8/3/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429952
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - No surprises here. It's every bit as fun and lighthearted as it appears to be.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jennifer Garner DAREDEVIL, DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?
Mark Ruffalo ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, IN THE CUT
Judy Greer ADAPTATION, THE WEDDING PLANNER
Andy Serkis THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
Kathy Baker THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER
Director: Gary Winick THE TIC CODE
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About The Production
Second Chances
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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 208 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
21
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
53
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
13
High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
44
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
59
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

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."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and decides to take a second chance at first love.

Now her biggest wish is that it's not too late.
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