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13 Going on 30 (2004)

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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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Gary Winick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo ... Matt Flamhaff
Judy Greer ... Lucy Wyman
Andy Serkis ... Richard Kneeland
Kathy Baker ... Bev Rink
Phil Reeves ... Wayne Rink
Sam Ball ... Alex Carlson (as Samuel Ball)
Marcia DeBonis ... Arlene
Christa B. Allen ... Young Jenna
Sean Marquette ... Young Matt
Kiersten Warren ... Trish Sackett
Joe Grifasi ... Mr. Flamhaff
Mary Pat Gleason ... Mrs. Flamhaff
Susan Egan ... Tracy Hansen
Lynn Collins ... 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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Taglines:

Jede Frau hat ein Geheimnis - ihres ist wirklich zauberhaft. (Every woman has a secret - hers is really magical.) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 snart 30 See more »

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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 (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The train scene was filmed on the same train Gary Winick used in Tadpole (2000), for that film's first scene. See more »

Goofs

At the party where they dance to "Thriller", Jenna's hair changes from curly to straight and back to curly. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy: Move it, dorkus.
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The studio logo segues into the opening credits. Magic dust forms a backdrop and segues into the background during Jenna's picture taking. Then it segues into the title. The credits appear as if by magic. See more »

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Referenced in Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009) See more »

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Head Over Heels
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Performed by The Go-Go's
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Garner shines, Ruffalo's wonderful and that makes all the difference
23 April 2004 | by anhedoniaSee all my reviews

Having criticized the writer of "Connie and Carla" for not recognizing the writers of "Some Like it Hot" in the credits, I'd be a hypocrite not to fault the writers of "13 Going on 30" for not thanking the writers of "Big" (and probably "Vice Versa" and all those switch-comedies of the 1980s).

But unlike the wretched and dreadfully unfunny "Connie and Carla," which featured two horrible performances by the male and female leads, "13 Going on 30" is helped immensely by an utterly charming and winning performance by Jennifer Garner and yet another wonderful turn by Mark Ruffalo, who's fast becoming one of the best actors of his generation.

Garner has a smile that would melt the heart of the severest cynic and she uses that to great effect. She brilliantly captures the awkwardness of a confused teenager stuck in a 30-year-old body and is thoroughly believable as Jenna. There's a captivating sweetness to her performance that's lovely to watch. Ruffalo plays Matt with understated grace - there are scenes in this film that could easily have been played over-the-top, but it's his low-key approach that makes them all the more convincing.

The story, itself, is awfully conventional. There's nothing new or unexpected here. Even the odd twist in the plot provides nothing unpredictable. So it's up to the actors to elevate this above the ordinary and mundane. This film pours on the schmaltz at times, but it's Garner and Ruffalo who help take the schmaltzy plot and somehow make it work. This film succeeds solely because of their performances. Garner proved she could do action with TV's "Alias" and the dull "Daredevil," and now she shows she's a damn fine comedic actress, too.

Romantic comedies are inherently predictable. It's the nature of the genre. And, more often than not nowadays, they're also incredibly dull, uninspiring and make for tough viewing. And "13 Going on 30" being a Hollywood, not independent, film, you know the writers aren't going to take any risks with their story.

But somehow thanks to Garner and Ruffalo, "13 Going on 30" has undeniable charm. It may not leave a lasting impression, but you leave the theatre smiling and that's more than what can be said of most romantic comedies these days.


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