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Movie Review: 13 Going on 30

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Apr. 18th, 2004 | 10:10 pm
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Fourteen years ago there was a film about a 12 year-old boy who made a wish that he was big, and the next morning when he woke up, he became Tom Hanks. The movie was title “Big,” and in this new film, “13 going on 30,” from director Gary Winick, the same theme of an adolescent growing up faster than expected. The difference is, in this version, there is a young girl who goes through the terrible time slip.

Jenna Rika (Jennifer Garner) is not your average thirty year old. In fact, she is not even thirty, but really thirteen. During her failed birthday party, she made a desperate wish to become “thirty, flirty, and thriving.” When she woke up the next day, her wish had become true. However, being thirty is not all fun and games as life had been seventeen years earlier.

The sweet thirteen-year old Jenna suddenly realizes that she has become a person she thought she would never become. She is one of the tops editors of her favorite magazine, which she later learns is suffering terrible with sales, and is up to her to help the company find a new image that will make it one of the top magazines to read again. Jenna also learns that her best friend, Matt (Mark Ruffalo), has changed and the relationship that existed between Jenna and Matt had faded away with time. Completely confused by the different lifestyle and self-appearance, Jenna must try to undo what has been done in order to return life to what she remembers it to be when she was thirteen, as well as continue to save her magazine from drowning out of existence.

Watching this film is much like watching “Big.” It was interesting to see how Jennifer Garner would handle being a thirteen-year old trapped in an adult body. Keeping that in mind, the film more or less had the same types of elements that “Big” had. The initial confusion about who was in the mirror; the strange adjustment to the new adult world; and the same anxiety that a child would have if thrown into the adult world over night. Some of the differences between the two films are how each character adjusted to the new lifestyle. In the movie “Big,” Josh (Tom Hanks) learns how to live in the adult world and eventually begins to forget about his home. On the other hand, for Jenna, the world has changed with her. Life is how it came to be, not stagnant as it was before she became thirteen.

On a positive note, the casting for this movie was highly excellent. The young girl who was casted to play young Jenna resembled a young Jennifer Garner well. As well as Lucy, who is Jenna’s best friend in the adult world. Unfortunately, not every character had a younger version that fit the profile, but that is not to say that the film still was not entertaining.

On a negative note, it is difficult to state whether a thirteen-year old girl would act the manner that Garner portrayed. During the film, there were obvious elements that made the film believable, such as adapting to the change of technology and pop culture, but the initial actions were left to be questionable. In the Tom Hank’s version, half of the film was set aside to show the challenges that the 12-year old would have to face, but in Garner’s version, adapting to the new role happens practically overnight.

Regardless of the believability of the film, I still enjoyed the romantic comedy aspect of the film. I feel that those who have a genuine weakness for romance comedies will not want to miss viewing this film. The film abstractly follows the regular formula of romance comedies, but there are several small twists generated in the film to keep it interesting. However, unless you like viewing romantic comedies, this film is not necessary a must film.

Comments {4}

From: sweetie348
Date: Apr. 19th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)

I have to take my daughter to see this...she will probably love it.

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From: hisensei808
Date: Apr. 19th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)

If she it a teen, then yeah, she will!!!

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From: caustique
Date: Apr. 19th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC)

AhA! That's the one I wanted to see!

You made me remember =O) Thanks!


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From: hisensei808
Date: Apr. 19th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)

NOt a problem!! Stay tuned for further reviews!! I love movies and LJ helps encourage me to write out reviews!! I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think after you see it!! Peace

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