13 Going on 30 (2004)
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Directed in style by the late Gary Winick this is a better film than I and I think a lot of people would expect.
With a great central performance from Jennifer Garner this is a fun, enjoyable film that is not only very funny, but also has a lot of heart.
I enjoyed this film thoroughly, even though I don't think I was the main target audience, and would recommend people check it out.
In 1987, Jenna Rink a gawky girl yearns to be popular. After an embarrassing incident with the 'it' girls at her birthday party she locks herself in a closet and wishes she was 30.
Jenna finds herself 17 years later in 2004, now played by Jennifer Garner, fashion magazine executive but with the mind of a teenager who has to stumble through this new grown up world she finds herself in.
Jenna hooks up with old school friend Matt (Mark Ruffalo) who is a promising but struggling photographer. Matt was a geek back in the day but despite being her best friend then, he is cold and distant now as Jenna herself became an 'it' girl and then a tough as boots executive.
The new Jenna has ideas to reboot the struggling magazine and wants Matt to do the photo-shoot but her ideas are stolen by a rival magazine and a close friend is doing the dirty on her.
The film is about second chances and finding your true self rather than trying to be like other more popular people. Garner does her best with the role, playing the right amount of a gawky teenager in a woman's body without overdoing it, but really it is hard to believe Garner was once an awkward looking girl.
Mark Ruffalo and Andy Serkis look a tad uncomfortable being in a romantic comedy. Serkis at least puts his all in as the magazine editor, Ruffalo looks he is solely in this film because his agent told him that it would be a good move for his career.
All the parts of the film that shouldn't work, work because of it's premise. The movie tells the story of a little 13 year old girl who wants to be an adult because her life is soooooooo much crap...at least she thinks that, everything's pretty normal actually, but from the perspective of this girl it's fully reasonable for us as audience to roll with this idea, otherwise it just would be a fairly weak motivation for our protagonist.
And even when she's 30 she has no real problems, everything works pretty good, the only problem is, that she sees it with the same mindset, and that's why this movie is so great. It has almost something cynical, because we know that nothing she deals with is actually that big a deal, and that most people would want such a lifestyle.
The reason we can fully appreciate this mindset is because of Jennifer Garner, who gives such a believable and most of all sincere performance. At no point in the movie it felt inappropriate, or took me out of the movie, when she does little girl things as an adult. There was never a moment where i thought to myself:"It feels weird and uncomfortable to see an adult do these innocent things..." which is a big compliment for her performance.
For example: There is a scene in the movie which even the director didn't wanted to make, where she has a sleepover with some teenage girls, while she's an adult and they all talk about love, dress up and sing karaoke. Normally this would feel uncomfortable and girly, but even the director said that he thinks that it's one of the best scenes in the movie, and i agree.
Also the other actors are very good in reacting to how she discovers the world. Andy Serkis as her boss is a delight and Mark Ruffalo is a fully believable friend who's conflicted with his love to her and his future wife. Everyone else is as good, and no one gets out of line.
That the "original" timeline of the movie is set in the 80's is also a big part why i like this so much, all she does "today" is highly influenced by this time, and i'm a big fan of the style and music (and movies).
Also all the innocent child-like things she does to help other people, or to safe the company (and stuff) also works surprisingly well for this kind of movie, it's not TOO Hollywood-ish, but certainly fantasy for sure.
I mean she safes a party by starting to dance to Michael Jacksons "Thriller" and everyone joins her, and it's actually pretty charming instead of embarrassing, this is also due to the good direction.
The last time i watched this film was in the year 2005 when it was on television, and i remember thinking it was very enjoyable. Now that i watched it again i can fully appreciate the view of a child on it's own future and how well it works.
This movie is surprisingly charming, funny, and most of all sincere, a large part of this is due to the great direction and Jennifer Garners excellent performance...
Jennifer Garner plays Jenna, a woman who turns 30 overnight - when her 13th birthday was literally yesterday. As a grownup, she learns that life can be difficult and that she's not exactly who she wanted to be. That's why I think 20-somethings can relate to it. When they're younger, they have dreams of what their adulthood will be like, but once they approach it, they wonder what went wrong. Just like what Jenna did.
It's a cute movie because it's not just about the life lesson; it's about reconnecting with old friends. It's about dealing with romantic relationships and crushes and dating. And there's a bunch of '80s music throughout the movie. Anyone of any age would enjoy this movie, especially if you want to live like a kid at heart throughout adulthood.
There are some movies that just embody the term 'feelgood' and this film is one of them. I love all kinds of movies, from foreign art-house to westerns through to zombie horror flicks and courtroom dramas, but for me there's always a place for films like this that just give you a lift, aren't super-taxing to the intellect, and leave you just a tiny bit wrung out from the tears of empathy and laughs of delight.
I also think this particular 'body swap' has a little more to offer than most, as it's one of those rare beasts: a really positive movie about how to be a decent human being. Jennifer Garner as Jenna is very warm and real, and you grow to genuinely care for her as she stumbles her way through adult life slowly realising that all that glittered wasn't gold after all. It's Mark Ruffalo's Matty that is the real beating heart of the film though. From the first moment he opens his apartment door to the teenage brained Jenna, the distrust and pain he feels around the girl he once loved is palpable. You so badly want him to let his guard down, but at the same time you perfectly understand what's happened here, because scabbed-over betrayal is a universal concept we can all understand.
No great analysis is needed for this movie, just a good rating and a recommendation to watch it whenever you're feeling low :)
Yeah, so maybe I watched this movie because I love Mark Ruffalo. And maybe it is more interesting now (2016) because it also has Brie Larson, who was recently nominated for an Oscar (and will probably win). But this is actually a fun movie that is more than just a sappy romantic comedy.
What is really weird though is Jennifer Garner's voice. I mean, I get that it's a 13-year old in a 30-year old's body. But wow, she sounds childish, and it is disturbing that the male characters find this attractive. You pervs! But hey, if nothing else, we learn that the geeks will grow up to inherit the earth.
This was a really good chick flick! It definitely would be better if you have popcorn and a fizzy drink to make you feel more comfortable watching this film!
The movie is about a young girl named Jenna who wishes she was 30 and it comes true. She wakes up in a New York City apartment and finds out that she works for a magazine company. When she visits her old friend, Matt, things have changed. He's engaged and hasn't seen her since high school. Jenna goes on a journey to figure out her life and who she truly. I won't elaborate anymore on the plot because I don't want to spoil anything.
I praise the casting. Jennifer Garner was fabulous in the role, which added a lot of charm to the performance. It's the chick flick equivalent of Big with Tom Hanks. This fantasy movie is enjoyable throughout and put a huge smile on my face. I got the DVD as a present and I thank my mother for getting it for me because this was a great movie. If you have 90 minutes to spare and you like the movie Big, then this is for you!
Gary Winick's film is about a 13-year-old girl named Jenna Rink who wishes she was 30. Now she has received her wish and now her 30-year-old body must cooperate with her 13-year-old mind. As a magazine editor, they may be hard to do. When she discovers her best friend, Matt living nearby, she discovers that perhaps an old friend may be the flame of her life.
This film is well-acted and the acting saves the day. Jennifer Garner is the right person to work in a rom-com and she does an excellent job. She's cheerful, quirky, and a blast to watch. I must also mention Mark Ruffalo. He is nearly as good as Garner and they work very well with each other. It's also nice to see Andy Serkis in a role where he doesn't need CGI. He was a hoot to watch.
Overall, 13 Going on 30 is pleasurable enough to watch, stale script and all. In the kind of genre with this kind of plot, there have been better movies like 1988's Tom Hanks film, Big. I was entertained and thanks to the likable leads, the film sort of works. Not great, but not awful. I rate this film 7/10.
The best part of film is the character of Jenna Rick played by Jennifer Garner and charter of Matt played by Mark Ruffalo who just put more depth in the role and make it's worth watching , Jennifer Garner natural charm and Mark Ruffalo stability , deepness and seriousness in her character makes the scene more beautiful to watch .
I know it's an old movie, but I'm making the review now because I'm pretty young and I think I was still about 6 or something when this movie was made.
Yes, this is a chick-flick, but it certainly has a powerful silver lining towards you (quoted it online, but true,though): "u should keep the ones who stood by you while climbing the mountain, not the ones waiting for you at the peak."
Jennifer Garner was amazing!! She was funny, her acting was perfect, she's what I imagine an immature grown up would be. And I also love Mark Ruffalo there... he was pretty cute. and he's a really talented actor too. Oh yeah, and Judy Greer!!!She didn't have many parts here, but I loved her at the Carrie remake and it was really good to see her so beautiful at her young days (she's still beautiful now, BTW)
The story's not bad at all either. The lines aren't as cheesy as you thought. I even consider some of it genius. And I love the ending!!!
Of course the dream job is a magazine editor. It's a silly cute little rom-com. The first 15 minutes with Jenna as a kid was quite compelling. Jennifer Garner really plays dumb as the superficial 13 year old. It's harmless fun, but then it turns into this girl competition in the big world. The tone is a little too harsh with the backstabbing friend. The rom-com doesn't come off well since he already has a nice girlfriend. It's just not well thought out as a fairy tale.
Garner keeps her childlike tone. It helps that she has the biggest laugh. But she can't really elevate this movie much further than a watchable rom-com.
Final Thoughts: Pretty entertaining stuff. I don't care if a movie is derived from other things, as long as it has a mind of it's own and charm to spare, and this has charm in spades. Fall in love with Jennifer Garner, and enjoy!