13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30

4.5 47
Director: Gary Winick

Cast: Gary Winick, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer


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Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner.…  See more details below


Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner. Humiliated, Jenna buries herself in the aforementioned make-out closet, wishing she could skip the whole adolescence bit and move straight into adulthood, and miraculously wakes up just weeks away from her 30th birthday. Of course, a lot has changed since going to bed the night before, not the least of which being an impressive set of womanly curves. The new, older Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is a successful magazine editor with friends in high places and a lion's share of potential suitors -- including a hockey-playing boyfriend and a swarthy married man. The problem is that her mind hasn't matured with her body; Jenna not only finds living on her own more terrifying than cool, but is quick to dismiss any male over the age of 14 as "gross." Half excited, half mortified, Jenna seeks out Matt (Mark Ruffalo), whom she learns she had spurned as a teenager in an effort to join the popular crowd. Gary Winick directed the film, from a script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa; Gina Matthews produced. Choreographer Michael Peters -- who died in 1994 -- received posthumous credit, as his choreography from the Michael Jackson Thriller video is used in one scene. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Jennifer Garner, the babelicious, butt-kicking star of Alias and Daredevil, stakes her claim to America's Sweetheart status with this enchanting wish-fulfillment fantasy. Garner stars as Jenna, an awkward just-turned-13-year-old who yearns to be one of the "Six Chicks," the clique that rules her school. When her birthday party ends in embarrassment at their devious hands, Jenna wishes she was "30, flirty, and thriving," and thanks to some "wishing dust," she awakens as an editor for the fashion magazine that was her adolescent bible. Big, of course, comes to mind, but 13 Going on 30 is actually more akin to Regarding Henry, in which a brain-damaged Harrison Ford slowly recovers his memory and discovers he doesn't very much like the ruthless lawyer he has become. Jenna, too, makes some unflattering discoveries about the choices she made to get where she is, including abandoning her childhood best friend (Mark Ruffalo), who is understandably wary when she reenters his life. The adorable Garner's considerable charm goes a long, long way in sustaining audience sympathy for the misguided Jenna, and there are many crowd-pleasing moments. Among these are when grown-up Jenna re-creates the Thriller music video at a company party, and when she bonds with some preteen girls in her apartment building over the Pat Benatar anthem "Love Is a Battlefield." Mild profanity and adult situations, such as when a towel-clad man emerges from Jenna’s shower (she’s horrified, of course) -- earn the film its PG-13 rating. Girls just want to have fun, but feminists might not appreciate the cautionary subtext that only mean girls are successful in business.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Independent director and producer Gary Winick goes Hollywood with 13 Going on 30, a film that does little more than remake Big by changing the gender of the protagonist. Taking the lead for the first time in a movie, Jennifer Garner gives her performance everything she has. She nails down the physical awkwardness of a 13-year-old in a suddenly grown-up body, and she gets the vocal tics just right. The screenplay itself, though not bad, fails to offer up anything original. Anyone should be able to know exactly where this film is going at all times, giving the film the unmistakable feeling that it is little more than a product. Winick keeps the audience in the film with smart casting. One sure way to spot a talented actor is to see someone transcend banal material. In Mark Ruffalo, Winick has his ace in the hole. Ruffalo does not steal his scenes, he saves them -- including a bizarre and finally winning rendition of the monster dance from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. Ruffalo is unable to be anything but completely believable, and he helps Garner modulate her performance so that the audience believes that everyone else in the film never questions that she is 30 even when she behaves like a 13-year-old. Judy Greer, playing the duplicitous best friend like an evil fifth cast member of Sex and the City, offers solid support. There is not a bad scene in 13 Going on 30, but simultaneously, one wishes every scene were better than it is. Had the talent of the screenwriters matched those of the performers, this film would have given Garner the same career boost that Big gave to Tom Hanks.

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Sony Pictures
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[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 1980's "Fashion Flashback" featurette; Alternate beginning and ending; 15 deleted and extended scenes; Blooper Reel; "I was a teenage geek" featurette reveals those awkward high school years of the cast, including Jennifer Garner; The making of 13 Going on 30; Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" and Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" music video; "The 80's outfit challenge" set-top feature allows viewers to piece together the ultimate 80's outfit, legwarmers optional; "Then and Now" set-top feature compares modern-day conveniences with their 80's counterparts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Garner Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo Matt Flamhaff
Judy Greer Lucy Wyman
Andy Serkis Richard Kneeland
Kathy Baker Beverly Rink
Phil Reeves Wayne Rink
Samuel Ball Alex Carlson
Marcia de Bonis Arlene
Christa B. Allen Young Jenna Rink
Sean Marquette Young Matt Flamhaff
Kiersten Warren Trish Sackett
Alex Black Young Chris Grandy
Merris Carden Veronica
Lynn Collins Wendy
Susan Egan Tracy Hansen
Mark Gleason Actor
Mary Pat Gleason Mrs. Flamhaff
Joe Grifasi Mr. Flarnhaff
Maz Jobrani Glenn
Alexandra Kyle Young Lucy Wyman
Robinne Lee Rachel
Sarah Loew Carla
Renee Olstead Becky
Paul Pavel Phil
Scout Taylor-Compton Tiffany
Ashley Benson Six Chicks
Brittany Curran Six Chicks
Brie Larson Six Chicks
Megan Lusk Six Chicks
Julia Roth Six Chicks
Jeffrey Shane Cohn Grandy's Friend
George Hine Grandy's Friend
Ian Barford Pete Hanson
Benita Krista Nall Waitress at Party
Justin Burke 13-Year-Old Boy in Bar
Sara Swain Sara
Catherine Combs Catherine
Gina Mantegna Gina
Sydni Beaudoin Sydni
Jim Gaffigan Chris Grandy
Corena Chase Poise Employee
Crystal Michelle Poise Secretary
Madeline Sprung-Keyser Maddy
Swoop Whitebear DJ
Shambo Pfaff Band Member
John W. Grant Band Member
Fabrice Calmettes Band Member
Eron Otcasek Band Member
Kevin D. White Yearbook Photographer
Timothy Anderson Dancer
Carmit Bachar Dancer
Douglas Caldwell Dancer
Nadine Ellis Dancer
Stacey Harper Dancer
Michael William Higgins Dancer
Nancy O'Meara Dancer
Caroline A. Rice Dancer
Michon Suyama Dancer
Natalie Willes Dancer
Kimberly Wyatt Dancer
Adrian Armas Dancer
Rita Maye Bland Dancer
Keith Diorio Dancer
Janina N. Garraway Dancer
Brandon Henschel Dancer
Katie Miller Dancer
Bubba Dean Rambo Dancer
Kevin Stea Dancer
Kadee Sweeney Dancer
Darrell Wright Dancer
Jason Yribar Dancer
Pete Anthony Conductor
Jon Kull Conductor

Technical Credits
Gary Winick Director
Kevin Abercrombie Stunts
Blondel Aidoo Executive Producer
Danny Aiello Stunts
Bill Anagos Stunts
Pete Anthony Musical Arrangement
Susan Arnold Producer
Maria Bradley Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Andrew Casey Camera Operator
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Allegra Clegg Co-producer
Hudson Cooper Stunts
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Gene Darnell Set Decoration/Design
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah La Mia Denaver Makeup
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Norman Douglass Stunts
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Josh Goldsmith Screenwriter
Ann Harris Set Decoration/Design
Eric Fox Hayes Asst. Director
Cort Hessler Stunts
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Dan Kolsrud Executive Producer
Jon Kull Musical Arrangement
George R. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lewis Casting
Michael E. Lindren Stunts
Susan Littenberg Editor
Jake Lombard Stunts
Gina Matthews Producer
Emma McGuinness Executive Producer
Patrick B. O'Brien Camera Operator
Michael Peters Choreography
Donna Arkoff Roth Producer
James J. Sabat Sound Mixer
Ann Scibelli Sound/Sound Designer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Chris Squires Camera Operator
Garreth Stover Production Designer
Terri Taylor Casting
Desiree Van Til Art Director,Associate Producer
Carla White Makeup
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
Cathy Yuspa Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 13 Going on 30
1. Start [5:56]
2. Thirteen [2:24]
3. Birthday-Party [4:08]
4. Thirty and Flirty and thriving [4:10]
5. Sweet Bottom [2:53]
6. Big Time Magazine Editor [3:08]
7. "Please Don't Fire Me" [2:52]
8. Matt [3:31]
9. Everything She Ever Wanted [3:51]
10. Becky [:56]
11. After 11 On a School Night [3:54]
12. Saving the Party [3:37]
13. Culture Clash [5:14]
14. Boy's Are So Stupid [2:09]
15. Dismal Numbers [3:17]
16. "What Happened To Us?" [4:15]
17. Place Of Healing [4:22]
18. Favors [2:27]
19. Class of 2004 [2:45]
20. Delayed Romance [2:56]
21. Slumber Party [1:39]
22. Out of the Loop [2:21]
23. Fashion Suicide [:59]
24. "Who Are These Women?" [2:48]
25. Checkmate [3:46]
26. The Sky Falls [:06]
27. Her Best Friend [3:34]
28. Course Correction [6:59]


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