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14 Going on 30 (1988)

Danny, 14, has a crush on his teacher, Peggy. He uses his inventor friend's growth machine to grow 30. The next day in school, he's mistaken for the new principal.


Paul Schneider


Jim Cruickshank (story), James Orr (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Eckholdt ... Adult Danny O'Neil / Harold Forndexter (as Steve Eckholdt)
Daphne Ashbrook ... Peggy Noble
Adam Carl Adam Carl ... Lloyd Duffy
Gabriel Olds ... Danny O'Neil (as Gabey Olds)
Irene Tedrow ... Aunt May
Patrick Duffy ... Actor in Black and White Movie
Harry Morgan ... Uncle Herb
Loretta Swit ... Miss Horton
Alan Thicke ... Real Harold Forndexter
Dick Van Patten ... Principal John Loonies
Rick Rossovich ... Roy 'Jackjaw' Kelton
Kit McDonough ... Danny's Mom
Richard McGonagle ... Danny's Dad
John Ingle ... Mr. Thomby
Sal Viscuso ... Mr. Lloyd


Danny is hopelessly in love with his teacher Peggy Noble. Of course she doesn't even notice him while she plans to marry the obnoxious coach Roy "Jack-jaw" Kelton. When Danny's friend Lloyd invents a growth accelerator for fruit and vegetables to "solve world hunger", Danny uses it on himself and as an adult tries to show her Roy's real personality. However at his first appearance at school as an adult, he's mistaken for someone else... Written by Lauren Snowden <lozza_star_69@hotmail.com>

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Shares the same title as 13 Going On 30. See more »


Lloyd Duffy: Love can wait, Danny. I am on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough that can change the world as we know it.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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Music by Lee Holdridge
Lyrics by Mark Mueller
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Hidden treasure
17 June 2010 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Copies of this are rare, but hunt one down; this little gem is worth the search. It's a lesser-known cousin of "Big," the Tom Hanks smash released about the same time. As good as Big is, I found this one to be more re-watchable. (Don't confuse it with the similarly titled 13 going on 30, the Jennifer Garner vehicle, which also delved into the kid-turns-into-adult theme.)

It's optimistic and sweet, and has a lot of heart. That's because it remembers it's a fantasy right to the end, something these other Big-type movies don't quite do. This one maintains its focus of what the 14 year old's dream was at the outset, and resolves it in an appealing way. It doesn't derail itself with adult angst stuff, as the others have done.

Basically, a teen has a crush on his young home-room teacher, who is engaged to his loudmouth gym coach, an arrogant oaf who runs Phys Ed classes like a military dictatorship. A series of well-timed opportunities turns the kid temporarily into an adult, the new principal of the school. He sets out to stop the marriage, with some comic results. The entire story is threaded well, and the final scene is endearing. For a limited budget made-for-TV movie, this is a keeper.

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6 March 1988 (USA) See more »

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