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She can fight. She can speak foreign languages. She can kill with a
of her wrist, but can Alias star Jennifer Garner make the transition to
big-screen romantic comedy star? Yes. In the new film 13 Going on 30
director Gary Whinick, Garner proves that there isn't much she can't do.
Awkward high-schooler Jenna Rink wants nothing more than to be popular, so on her thirteenth birthday she wishes she were all grown up. With some help from her best friend Matt and some wishing dust, she wakes up the next morning seventeen years later trapped in Jennifer Garner's body. Going through her day, she discovers that her future self has accomplished pretty much everything she would ever want. She's an executive at her favorite magazine, she has a successful boyfriend and a closet full of shoes, but when she tracks down her old friend Matt (Mark Ruffalo), she begins to realize how shallow she has become.
This is a classic fish-out of water comedy, and although it is similar to something we've seen before, (1998's Big) it works simply based on the charm of its leading lady. Garner radiates as the dorky thirteen year-old trapped inside a grown woman's body. When a teenager compliments her dress, Jenna grabs her chest and replies, `That's cuz I have these great boobs to fill it out!'
13 Going on 30 isn't anything refreshingly new. It is however, a lovable story that reminds us how much fun it was to be a kid, and that nothing beats jammin' to 80's music. Let's hope that Jennifer Garner makes many, many films.