13 Going On 30 (2004)

Another. I’m totally not going in order I watched movies in. I’m going in ‘do I want to write this review right now’ so this one is near the middle of the list.

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13 Going on 30 (2004)
 Dir. Gary Winick
 Writ. Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa
 Stars: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Serkis
 Rated PG-13
 98 mins.
 Romance, Comedy
 IMDB 6.1

Okay, you should all know that I’m not the biggest fan of the romantic comedy, but this is one of my favorites ever! It’s sweet, and cute, and absolutely hilarious.

13 Going On 30 is the story of Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner), a little girl humiliated at her 13th birthday party by the popular kids, whose wish to be 30 years old comes true and she wakes up into a life where she’s 30, working as an editor of her favorite magazine, and living the life of a successful, popular, beautiful woman with a great life she could’ve only dreamed of. Until she comes to realize that beneath the surface, the grown up she became isn’t the kind of person she wanted to be.

She has no real friends, she’s not a good person, and worst of all, she isn’t friends with her childhood best friend, Matty (Mark Ruffalo), as an adult. In her discovering who Jenna Rink is in the modern day and changing her into the kind of person she wants to be, Jenna starts to fall in love with Matty after reconnecting, even though he’s engaged to someone else.

This movie is just adorable. The way Jennifer Garner makes Jenna a believable 13 year old in a 30 year old’s body is just great. She is everything I would imagine a 13 year old in a 30 year old’s body would be. It’s hilarious and heartwarming to watch her come to terms with the 21st century and the life of an adult and it’s only made funnier by the occasional Andy Serkis interludes where his character, Richard, makes you laugh every time. Also, it’s impossible to talk about this movie and not talk about how absolutely cute Mark Ruffalo is as Matt. He makes it so easy to see that Matt may have grown up to be an attractive, successful guy, but deep down after reconnecting with Jenna again, he’s still that same dorky kid that was in love with his best friend at 13 years old. He’s sweet and funny and just so damn adorable.

I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed!

My Rating: 8/10

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About J. Chelsea Williford

Student at Middle Georgia State University, writer, pop culture lover.
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