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13 Going on 30 (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 23 April 2004 (USA)
A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, and wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman.

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Tracy Hansen
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Wendy
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Storyline

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew. Written by popdivaprincess3000

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Mancher fühlt sich, als wäre er erst gestern 13 gewesen. Für Jenna ist es so. (Some people feel like they were 13 just yesterday. Jenna was.) See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,054,238, 25 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,231,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,223,950
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(DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

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Trivia

The producers realized how funny Jennifer Garner was during her acceptance speech for winning an award in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) as Sydney Bristow in Alias (2001). They made a point of casting her for the role of Jenna. See more »

Goofs

At the first Poise meeting, the camera shows Jenna writing her name on the top of her of her legal pad, a few seconds later, she writes Matt's name down for her secretary, Arlene, and you can see the writing has changed . See more »

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[first lines]
Boy: Move it, dorkus.
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Crazy Credits

As you near the end of the credits, the song "Love is a Battlefield" blends to include the audio of the girls singing along during their sleepover. See more »

Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Burning Down the House
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth
Performed by The Talking Heads
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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I'm embarrassed to admit it, but this film was a delight
17 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's 1987 and Jenna Rink (Christa B Allen) is having a hellish 13th birthday. Mocked by the local teen queens and their leader Lucy, with her only friend being Matt, the chubby boy next door, Jenna's had enough. If only she were 30, she'd be able to control her life. A whiff of magic dust later, and she fastforwards 17 years to the supervixen body of Jennifer Garner, a fab job editing her favourite magazine and a walk-in wardrobe. Jenna goes through the usual fish-out-of-water schtick , but finds that although she may have achieved her dreams, she's a bitch. Her best friend's now the adult Lucy (Judy Greer), while the grown-up Matt doesn't want to talk to her.

Suddenly 30's not innovative and it's certainly corny, but this chick-flick take on Big is charming. Jennifer Garner is suitably wide-eyed and her delight in life is infectious – she's ably supported by Mark Ruffalo as skeptical photographer Matt. I also like that although Jenna struggles in an adult world, she's still able to perform her job, showcasing the talent that she already has as a child. The fashion of both eras is spot on, although Jenna's fondness for Rick Springfield and Michael Jackson's Thriller is more 1984 than 1987.

Overall, Suddenly 30 makes the most of a tired premise to deliver a feel-good slightly guilty pleasure. ***/***** stars.


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