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      18.03.2010 14:10
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      Comedy with Jennifer Garner

      'Those are not people honey, they are models'

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      Running: 97 minutes
      Category: Comedy
      Year: 2004
      Director: Gary Winick
      Country: United States

      Actors:
      Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink
      Christa B. Allen as jonge Jenna
      Mark Ruffalo as Matt Flamhaff
      Judy Greer as Lucy "Tom-Tom" Wyman
      Andy Serkis as Richard Kneeland
      Kathy Baker as Beverly Rink

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      The story is about a 13-year-old girl named Jenna. She goes to High school and hopes to become friends with the popular girl group at her school called the Six Chicks. What she doesn't realise is that they are just using her for her to do their homework and to make fun of her. She invites them to come around for her birthday party, where they are planning a big joke on her. They know she likes this popular boy Chris and at the party they are going to play this game called Seven minutes in heaven. Jenna is first to go into closet as she is told that Chris will follow her soon and that he actually likes her. She gets all excited and goes and sits in the closet. She doesn't know that everybody leaves the party and is left all alone. A moment later her best friend Matt is the one who opens the door and she very disappointed and gets very angry with him. She blames him and wishes she were thirty, like those people on the magazine who says they have a wonderful life! Little does she knows that she wakes up as a thirty year old her in a strange house with a half naked man! But that's not the only change she has to get used to!

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      Jennifer Garner plays the part of the 30-year-old Jenna Rink. As a 30 year old she doesn't know anything of her life that continued over the years. In 1983 she was 13, so it's the year 2000 where they have mobile phones. It's quiet funny to see her reaction to hearing a ring tone on the middle of the street. She doesn't understand where it's coming from. She is a adult that's really a child and acts that way. Not very smart since the 30 year old Jenna has a successful career at a magazine where people are depending on her. Mark Ruffalo plays the part of Matt Flamhaff, her best friend. He tries to help her when she thirty but the problem is that they weren't really friends anymore. He plays the part really well as a nice person, but he looks a little bit simple sometimes.

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      There are a few extras on the dvd. You have the commentary of the director and the producers of the movie who give insight in how the movie has made and tell more about the scenes. You also got 18 deleted scenes, which are ok to watch, but not really that funny or anything. The making off shows you in general how the movie was made and the actors tell about their part.

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      A nice funny movie for young and old. I first was afraid this was really going to be a child movie, but it wasn't that bad. The movie more for all for some innocent humour and some more adult humour with the half naked man in the room. The humour is predictable but it's more the way Jennifer Garner plays her part. She makes it original and fun to watch at. It's really just a fun nice movie to watch with the whole family.

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      26.02.2010 20:51
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      Good for a girls night in.

      This film is chick flick extraordinaire - especially if you're a child of
      the 80s! It brought back so many memories for me - and made me laugh too!!

      Basically it the tale of Jenna Rink - your typical 13 year old who hates
      her life and cant wait to grow up! On her birthday, she makes a wish to
      grow up - willing herself to be thirty, flirty and thriving. When she wakes
      up - this is done!

      Shes amazed at how her life has changed. She finds that her high school
      life altered considerably, and instead of spending her time with her best
      friend Matty - she has ditched him to become one of the 'Six chicks', one
      of the popular girls. Beyond high school, she became a high flying New York fashion editor - and that is where she finds herself when she wakes up.

      Upon seeing her life through the eyes of her teenage self, she realises
      what a horrible adult she has grown into and tries to track down her former best friend Matty and take control of her life again.

      This film is really funny. But whilst it is rated a 12 - it has comments
      and quips about the 80s that only a true 80s child will appreciate - check
      out the bit with the thriller dance!

      You can pick this up quite often in asda for £3, or on the internet it is
      only £3.98. Its a comedy / fantasy dvd that is well worth buying for a
      girly night in!

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      10.02.2010 00:51
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      13 Going On 30 - A girl dreams of being "thirty, flirty and thriving".

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      13 Going On 30 is a romantic comedy which came out in 2004 and stars Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.

      Jenna Rink is just celebrating her 13th birthday but wishes instead, it was her 30th. Jenna is unpopular at school and wants more than anything to be in with the 'cool' girls (who call themselves the "Six Chicks") and have the boy, all the girls fancy.

      Jenna is lucky in that she has a really loyal friend called Matt, who secretly has a crush on her. For her birthday, Matt makes Jenna a dream doll's house and gives her a packet of 'wishing dust' to go along with it. Just as she sprinkles the 'wishing dust' on the roof, the "Six Chicks", arrive for her party and Jenna puts the dream house on a shelf in the cupboard. The "Six Chicks"are not there because they like Jenna, instead they have come to play a cruel trick on her.

      After the cruel practical joke is played, Jenna barricades herself in the cupboard. She cries and rocks herself back and forth, bumping against the shelves and repeating over and over again that she wishes she was" thirty, flirty and thriving". As Jenna repeats this, the 'wishing dust', sprinkles down on top of her.....

      Jenna wakes up in a Fifth Avenue apartment. She is a stunning thirty year old, with an ice hockey star boyfriend and a job to die for.

      But have all the changes been for the better?

      **Cast**

      Jennifer Garner - Jenna Rink
      Mark Ruffalo - Matt Flamhaff
      Judy Greer - Lucy "Tom-Tom" Wyman
      Andy Serkis - Richard Kneeland
      Kathy Baker - Beverly Rink
      Phil Reeves - Wayne Rink
      Samuel Ball - Alex Carlson
      Marcia DeBonis - Arlene
      Kiersten Warren - Trish Sackett
      Christa B. Allen - Young Jenna
      Sean Marquette - Young Matt
      Alexandra Kyle - Young Lucy
      Brittany Curran - Six Chick
      Renee Olstead - Becky

      This film has a 12 certificate. It contains moderate sex and drug references and runs for approx. 1hr 34mins.

      This is another movie that is young-teen friendly and my daughter has watched it with me a few times. Jennifer Garner plays her part very well, she manages to keep the adult Jenna, very child-like, but not in an annoying way. She is very innocent, fair-minded and has boundless energy and is a joy to watch.

      If you enjoy a good romantic comedy, this one is worth getting a hold of.

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        11.01.2010 09:46
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        Great film for some lighthearted comedy

        13 Going on 30 was released in 2004 and stars Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters. It is a light hearted romantic comedy which, although a 12, I think is suited to all ages.

        Jennifer Garner plays Jenna Rink who, at 13, wishes she was "thirty, flirty and thriving" and, after a joke played on her at her own party by the school's "popular kids", she wakes up in her thirty year old life.

        Thirty year old Jenna is a high flying magazine editor, but she soon realises that she doesn't like the person that she has become. She has also lost touch with her old best friend, Matt, who is played by the gorgeous Mark Ruffalo. Jenna and Matt become friends again and Jenna gradually turns herself in to a nicer person, before finally going back to the age of 13 again and ensuring that she and Matt stay friends and that she doesn't turn out how she saw her life to be.

        The acting in the film is good and I am a fan of Jennifer Garner as she is not a typical actress. The acting by the child versions of Jenna and Matt is also very good.

        My favourite part of the film is the Michael Jackson, "Thriller" dance which is brilliantly performed and makes you want to join in!

        This film can be bought for very little now - around £4-5 and is definately worth it for some light hearted, romantic comedy.

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        06.12.2009 14:25

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        Decent if routine

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

        13 Going on 30 revolves around a similar concept we've seen before - of a youngster entering the body of an adult. Perhaps it is most similar to the brilliant Tom Hanks film Big, although it lacks the clever script and necessary satiricial element to make it anything more than a fluffy romp that happens to be well cast.

        The film's protagonist is Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner), a 13 year old girl who is immensely unpopular and wants to just skip her youthful life into her adult life where she believes that all of her problems will go away. So, with the help of a magic doll's house, she jumps into the body of her 30-year old self, a gorgeous woman who, due to her 13-year old mind is, of course, very playful and pretty immature.

        What's more interesting is what has happened during the 17 years that Jenna has no memory of. She is now a journalist for a swanky fashion magazine that she idolised as a child, and she has now fallen in favour with the "trendy" crowd, something she has always wanted, but this has also caused her to fall out of favour with Matt, a boy she always liked at school. Jenna then realises that perhaps it wasn't quite what she expected, and that the process of growing up is an important one to go through.

        A pretty forgettable film about growing up, 13 Going on 30 does benefit from Jennifer Garner's lovely screen presence, but doesn't have a cutting script to support it. I can't say this was great in any respect, but it wasn't reprehensibly terrible either.

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        15.10.2009 18:29
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        It's not awful but I wouldn't really recommend it. Watch Freaky Friday instead!

        WHAT IS IT:
        13 Going on 30 is a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. 13 year old Jenna Rink has a practical joke played on her by the most popular girl in school, Lucy 'Tom Tom' Wyman, which leads Jenna to wish that she was 'Thirty, Flirty and Thriving' - a headline on her favourite magazine, Poise. As she rocks back and forth in her closet she bumps the shelf upon which is the 'dream house' her friend Matty has made for her birthday. The magical wishing dust Matty sprinkled on the dream house falls on Jenna and she wakes up to find herself 30 years old, an editor for Poise with a beautiful apartment and a very attractive if somewhat dim trophy boyfriend. As she tries to work out how she got to this point, she comes to realise that she is not the person she would like to be; she has become estranged from her parents, hasn't spoken to Matty in years and is generally regarded as a bitch by her co-workers. Can she make up for her mistakes and win Matty back? Well, it is a romcom so I'm sure you can pretty much guess what's going to happen!

        GOOD BITS:
        I'm going to warn you right now: this is an out-and-out girlie film. Fans of the cheesy romcom genre will most likely enjoy this film; it makes for excellent easy watching if you have a tired brain and don't feel like being challenged in any way! Some may say this should go in the 'Bad Bits' section but every now and then I just wanted to switch my brain off and be entertained for 90 minutes and I'm sure other people feel the same way.

        Jennifer Garner is really rather adorable in this film and has an easy charm that makes you like her straight away. She plays "girl trapped in woman's body" really well and puts a lot of energy and enthusiasm into the role. She is naturally funny, particularly in the scenes that feature physical comedy.

        Judy Greer who plays Lucy is superbly bitchy and twofaced in the role and Andy Serkis is also very funny as Jenna's flamboyant boss.

        There are some pretty good set pieces in the film such as Jenna gradually encouraging the guests at a party to join in the dance to Thriller. There is also some good child acting (fairly rare!) by the actors who play the young Jenna and Matty.

        The lead actors are both likable enough that you are really rooting for them to get together by the end of the film.

        BAD BITS:
        As romcoms go, this film is decidedly average. The story is predictable, fairly unimaginative and feels quite poorly thought out. There are far funnier examples of the body-swap comedy such as Freaky Friday.

        It feels like Jennifer Garner is doing her best with a fairly clunky script but Mark Ruffalo (who I have been very impressed with in other films) seems woefully underused to the point where I must question whether this film was a contractual obligation rather than a free choice on his part. His character is not developed at all and could have been played by any Hollywood rent-a-hottie. It seems odd that they would choose someone as capable as Ruffalo (see Zodiac as an example of his ability to play a complex character with wit and subtlety) and confine him in such a poorly written part.

        The pace of the film swings between too fast and too slow. Characters get thrown in for no reason but then are not developed. Storylines begin then tail off and aren't picked up again giving the film a shambolic feel which gets frustrating at points.

        SUMMARY:
        Overall, this film is OK as romcoms go but is completely predictable and good actors are underused. It's one of those films you can watch whilst doing something else without really missing much.

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          17.09.2009 21:53
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          13 year old Jenna aspired to be 30

          It is overly chick-flicked, it is somewhat fake and there can be a little too much escapism in 13 going on 30 but I still love this movie because of the great entertainment that it inspires to the audience. The atmosphere is kept incredibly light and fun, and Jennifer Garner really does a wonderful job in her dualistic roles. I especially love this film because I do believe that the girly aspect and very original fairytale-like atmosphere is wonderful for a girls' night in! Despite having heard quite some negative reviews over this movie, I loved it and still watch it from time to time.


          Plot:
          It is in the 80's. Jenna Rinks, a thirteen year old girl aspires to form part of the most popular group at school and her lifetime ambition is to work for the fabulous Poise magazine. Jena is completely fed up of being 13 and all she wants is to be "Thirty, flirty and thriving'. When her best friend, Matt Flamhaff gives her some wishing dust for her birthday, Jenna was far from imagining that her wish would actually come true. Until she wakes up next day as a 30 year old woman...


          Like I mentioned in my introduction, I think that Jennifer Garner really mastered the dualistic role that she had to play in this film. Having to depict a thirteen year old trapped in the body of a thirty year old could not have been an easy job to do. However, I think that Garner really rose up to expectation, and I simply cannot imagine another actress replacing her in that particular role. She firstly has the very face for it, and I particularly admired her capability in mastering facial expressions that can be said to be more appropriate for a kid than an adult! She was simply hilarious to watch as she depicted a suddenly-thirty year old Jenna. I have no idea how she did that but she even managed to play around with her voice and pitch a little bit in order to sound a lot younger than thirty.


          Mark Ruffalo was also quite good in his role, although I am not overly fond of him because he sometimes looks as if he needs to be shaken awake a bit! However, it seems that his role was supposed to represent a gruff, hardworking grown up Matt and I think he was okay in it. He certainly could have played around with voice pitches and facial expressions but I would say that he has a sort of quiet charm to him that somehow served in making up for the lack of expressions.


          I also loved the way in which they depicted adulthood and childhood- I would say that a main moral story is not to forget certain things/way of living that seemed so important to us as kids. I really have to give snaps to the producers for daring to make a movie that is entirely told from a child's perspective, but in a very adult, very professional environment where only grown-ups are present. Of course, this part also ensured that the feel-good factor is present throughout the movie.


          Like I mentioned above, the movie can be considered to be far from realistic mainly because of the fact that something like "Magic Dust" basically fires off the whole story. However, I have to say that there is not a single part in the film where the audience senses that it is a supernatural movie going on. I would rather say that the magical aspect of it faded in the background as the film progressed.


          The main cast includes:
          * Jennifer Garner
          * Mark Ruffalo
          * Judy Greer
          * Kathy Baker
          * Andy Serkis

          DVD Bonus features:
          * Commentary tracks
          * Deleted Scenes
          * Featurettes
          * Trailers


          I did enjoy all the bonus tracks; I think that they served to add to the heartwarming aspect of the film as a whole.


          Overall, this is one highly entertaining and fun movie that I would highly recommend. However, I do not think that it is particularly aimed at a male audience so you guys might want to skip that one!


          Thanks for reading!

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            13.08.2009 18:31
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            A funny, enjoyable romcom that hits all the right buttons

            Probably one of the best films in the romcom genre to be released in recent years. You have Jenna (Jennifer Garner) and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) who are best friends at high school. They're not exactly popular, but Jenna longs to be both popular - one of the lipstick chicks in fact, and 30. In her earnst to be in the popular crew, she ditches Matt after ridiculing him at her 13th birthday party. She then wakes up to find she's zoomed forward several years and is trapped in her 30 year old body!

            Following this are some hilarious, some sweet and some moments you will be screaming about as Jenna realises that although she became popular after her 13th birthday party, she lost her best friend, and the love of her life in Matt, and that her life although seemingly fulfilled with all her dreams (she now has her dream job at her favourite magazine from highschool, goes out with a to hockey player and has met her idol Madonna), is actually rather empty. Yes this is a chick-flick, but it often has some hilarity in it that would be lost on most teenagers. Yes the body swap saga has been seen before I know, but this is a great remake of an old idea.

            Jennifer Garner has often said that she has a rather childish side to her, and playing Jenna came pretty naturally to her. She is great at physical comedy - some of the early scenes when she finds out she is trapped in her 30 year old body are just brilliant. And the film makers got it spot on when they hired the 13 year old versions of Jenna and her best friend Lucy (Judy Greer) - they are the spitting images of the older actors! Greer also nailed her character spot on. Playing the best friend who made Jenna popular only to lead her astray and then to stab her in the back at the end of the film, she has some great one liners in this film, and Greer is always great at delivering punchy one liners. Its a shame Greer is always cast as the best friend as I think she is totally overlooked as a comedic actress and would be great in a title role.

            Mark Ruffalo was perhaps not an obvious choice for the male romantic lead - but he does a great job. This was only his second romcom (he has since made Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon, the other being A View From The Top with Gwyneth Paltrow) and he gives a fresh spin on things. His acting technique is different - his voice and NY accent are a pleasant change to the usual tedious LA drawl, and his looks are also more believable to real life. No one in life really looks like a movie star, and Ruffalo has the whole package - good looking and a little rough round the edges! You actually feel you have a "proper actor" playing a part which is rare in romcoms.

            The dance sequence has to get a special mention too - I dare you not to crack a smile during that. Ruffalo was reportedly highly embarassed about this scene, not being a big dancing fan, but Garner took to it like a duck to water.

            I don't want to give the ending away - but it's a nice, predictable finish - but to be honest you wouldn't want it any other way! I guess you could call this the updated female version of the Tom Hanks film Big but from the female perspective. Big is a wonderful film, as is this (Big surpasses it in my view though!) but this is a must watch! Jennifer Garner has some great comic timing in this, and Mark Ruffalo fits the bill perfectly as the "now handsome former geeky" best friend. Don't rent it, buy it! And check out the soundtrack - this film has you singing along to almost every song you hear on it. If you were born in the 80's this is probably the soundtrack to your childhood!

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            31.07.2009 10:11
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            A great watch for the whole family

            13 going on 30 begins following Jenna, a young girl who is fast approaching her 13th birthday. She really wants to be a 'lipstick chick' with all the popular girls at school but being best friends with the unpopular Matty, this is hard for her. She invites the lipstick chicks to her birthday party and Lucy, the ringleader plays a nasty prank on her before leaving and taking everyone else, bar Matty with her. Jenna is understandably upset and wishes that she was 30.

            Her wish comes true and she wakes the next morning to find herself in a strange apartment, wearing strange clothes and looking somewhat different than she used to. There is a man in her apartment who she does not know and a funny noise keeps coming from her handbag. She then has to go to work at her favourite magazine-will she mess it up?

            Scared and worried by the prospect of her new life, Jenna seeks the help of Matty who fills her in with a number of home truths about decisions she has made in her life. Jenna sets about putting her wrongs right and changing her life for the better.

            I really enjoyed this film, I have had it on DVD since its release about 5 years ago now but I never tire. Jennifer Garner who plays Jenna has superb acting skills and perfects the role of a helpless teenager aswell as an adult struggling to come to terms with her situation. Although there is no real life reality within the film you find yourself believing the plotline and rooting for Jenna on numerous occasions.

            This is certainly a chick flick, but I imagine some men will enjoy it too because of the focussed plot line and classic humorous moments. The film is face paced as flows well and there is never a boring moment. It is a real feel good film and it is guarateed to have you smiling by the end of it.

            The film stars Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis and Kathy Baker. Although a number of the actors and actresses in it I had never seen before, I think they fulfilled their roles very well and played not only convincing but yet enjoyable characters.

            The film was directed by Gary Winick and runs for 94 minutes. I appreciate this is quite short for a film but it runs well and personally I believe this is a very good length for the plotline. The film was released in 2004 and is rated a 12. It is currently available from Amazon for just £3.98 which is a brilliant buy as I am sure you will watch this over and over again. I would recommend this also to families as kids find it very humorous.

            A great film, certainly worth watching!

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            Always makes me giggle

            13 going on 30 was released on April 23rd 2004 and has a running time of 97 minutes. It has a similar concept to films like Big and Vice Versa but a girl is transformed instead of a boy.

            Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) is 12 and about to celebrate her 13th birthday. Jenna's best friend is Matt (Mark Ruffalo) and the two of them aren't very popular. Jenna desperately wants to be part of the popular gang, The Six Chicks, lead by Lucy (Judy Greer). Lucy and the rest of the Six Chicks turn up to Jenna's party with the condition that she does their homework for them.

            During a game of seven minutes in heaven, the Six Chicks play a cruel joke on Jenna which leads her to locking herself in the closet with the dream house that Matt made her as a birthday present. As Jenna makes a wish to be 'thirty, flirty and thriving', the magic dust from the doll house falls over her.

            When Jenna wakes up, she finds herself in a strange apartment and soon realises she isn't 13 anymore. Lucy is now her best friend, she works for a fashion magazine but Matt doesn't want to know her anymore. Jenna has everything she wanted when she was 13 but why isn't she happy?

            Although the concept of the film isn't realistic, I thought Jenna's reaction to her problem was. I think if that happened to me, I would freak out as well. It was really funny watching her try and explains that she wasn't 30 and she was only really 13, which of course, no one believed.

            The film was really funny throughout and the whole cast played their roles amazingly. Garner and Ruffalo had great chemistry and I think they were fantastic choices for this movie. 13 going on 30 has some funny and memorable lines; here are some of my favourites:

            Becky - I like your dress
            Jenna - That's because I have these amazing boobs to fill it out.

            Jenna - Can you tell I'm wearing underwear? Cause I totally am.

            My favourite part of the whole film was where Jenna is at a boring work party and no one is dancing. She still has the mind of a 13 year old so she asks the DJ to play Thriller. Everyone thinks she's crazy at first but she eventually gets a load of people on the dance floor, with the help of Matt, doing Michael Jackson's dance.

            I've watched this film loads of times and I never get bored of it. It's rated 12 because of moderate references to sex but I think this film appeals to quite a wide audience.

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              07.07.2009 19:16
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              A great buy

              13 Jenna Rink is your typical awkward teenager, she desperately wants to be cool and strives to be one of the 'Six Chicks' the equivalent to 'The Plastics' in Mean Girls. Jenna's best friend Matt is another high school misfit who's desperately in love with an oblivious Jenna. On Jenna's 13th birthday party she is excited at the thought at finally becoming a Six Chick when they turn up with some of the cutest boys in school. They decide to play a game, they blindfold Jenna, put her in the closet and she has to wait for Chris, the hottest guy in school to kiss her. However this is just a trick and after the Six Chicks disappear Jenna is left with Matt. Matt thinks that it's him Jenna's waiting for so he kisses her. When she finds out she kicks Matt out and cries in the wardrobe, she says repeatedly out loud that she wants to be 30, flirty and thriving...

              The next morning Jenna (now played by Jennifer Garner) wakes up in a strange apartment with a semi naked man, she soon realises that her wish of being 30 have come true and is now the editor for her all time favourite magazine Poise. Jenna tracks down her old friend Matt who she hasn't spoken to since her 13th birthday party 17 years ago, he's now a professional photographer, engaged but still desperately in love with Jenna...

              13 Going On 30 is one of those chick flicks that you can watch over and over again and never tire of, it's not a film that grips you by the throat or makes you think about an overcomplicated plotline. What I love about this film is that it doesn't pretend or try to be something it's not, it's just a light-hearted girly film that you can sit down with and watch with a tub of Ben and Jerry's to cheer yourself up.

              On the face of it this film does seem quite original but then given some thought it starts seeming strangely familiar, Freaky Friday is the film that comes to my mind, where Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis swap bodies for a while in order to experience each others stress and turmoil. Having said that, 13 Going On 30 does excel by standing out from the crowd of chick flicks aimed at young girls. This is a bit passed my age group now but when it was released I was just about the right age to enjoy it and I've enjoyed watching it ever since.

              I think Jennifer Garner was perfect for this role and I also think she managed to repair some of the damage that she inflicted us through Daredevil and Electra. Throughout the film she maintains a lovely childlike quality about her which enables the viewers to believe her character. Of course this is aided with some of the things that she is made to wear which enhances her 13 year old self! Being such an attractive woman I was surprised at how much she managed to reign in her sex appeal without alienating all her male fans all the while appealing to a much younger and mainly female audience. Not many actresses would be able to pull this off, had someone like Angelina Jolie gotten the part in this it probably would have been an absolute disaster!

              The reigning Prince of rom coms (the King being Matthew McConaughey of course) Mark Ruffalo stars in this opposite Jennifer Garner. I don't necessarily think that this was his best pairing, I think the title for that is held by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon in Just Like Heaven. I do however think that him and Jennifer Garner worked really well together on this and they had great onscreen chemistry. Their will they/ wont they relationship made the film really enjoyable to watch. Mark Ruffalo is definitely in his element in romantic comedies and he's also without doubt found his calling in playing the supporting role opposite big actresses (Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon being the most notable). He manages to be charming without coming across as arrogant or cheesy like other actors can sometimes.

              There's lots of humour in this film which is what makes it for me, it comes across as the writers really observed the behaviour of your typical 13 year old girl and managed to mimic that using a 30 year old woman, pretty much all the humour comes from this simple premise but what I like about it is that it doesn't go overboard, it doesn't try to make up for the fact that the humour only really comes from one spot by inserting lots of dud jokes which would ruin the movie. There was one scene in particular where Jenna's at a party and all of a sudden decides to request Michael Jackson's thriller and begins doing the dance for everybody to join in, this is what the tone of the movie is like. It's not a film to be taken seriously so if you're someone who's likely to hate this and rip it to shreds then this film isn't for you.

              The main problem that I have with this film is that it seems to veer away from the actual storyline, the main premise is the fact that a 13 year old is suddenly 30, I think it should have focused around this a little bit more tentatively because instead it puts a lot of focus around her job as an editor of a magazine, this has nothing to do with what's happened to her.

              Overall I think this is a great chick flick and well worth a watch if it sounds like something you'll enjoy, it's a great film to just sit down and relax to as it doesn't require any brainpower whatsoever!

              The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99.

              The special features include:
              Audio commentary from director Gary Winnick
              Audio commentary from the film's producers
              Deleted scenes
              'I Was A Teenage Geek' featurette
              'The Making Of A Teen Dream' featurette
              'The Making Of A Teen Dream: Another Take' featurette
              Photo montage
              Blooper reel
              'Love Is A Battlefield' music video from Pat Benatar
              'Jessie's Girl' music video from Rick Springfield
              Theatrical trailer

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                01.07.2009 18:45
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                Will give you a bit of a giggle, nothing special

                This is a rather cute little comedy chick flick starring Jennifer Garner. Written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith (What Women Want) it is a very similar feel to What Women Want and if you liked that film you will enjoy this.

                The premise is one which you would have heard of before, a child in a grown up's body (read: Big) however this film is still very well done.

                The film starts in 1987 where a 13 year old Jenna has a humiliating incident at her birthday party and wishes she was 30. What do you know; Jenna wakes up 30 but doesn't remember a thing. There is of course the love interest in this movie played by Mark Ruffalo. As with all romcoms nothing is simple and he is engaged to someone else.

                I think the main attraction of this movie is Jennifer Garner. She does very well in portraying what a confused 13 year old would do in grown up situations right down to the mannerisms.

                I could not fail to mention the 'Thriller' scene which is very amusing. Very enjoyable and had me in hysterics.

                Nothing special here but still worth a watch if you fancy a bit of a giggle.

                Jenna: Wait, listen to me. I'm 13!
                Lucy: Jenna, if you're gonna start lying about your age, I'd go with 27.

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                  Jeen is 13 and wishes she was 30, but when she gets her wish will she like the outcome?

                  Taking advantage of hubby being out and having full control over the film choice I thought I would make the most of it and watch a good girly film. This being the choice but I have to say I did slightly feel let down by it.

                  The film is about Jenna Rink who is 12 years old and wishes that she was older, rich and beautiful. At her 13 birthday party her best friend Matt brings her her present and also some magic wishing dust. When the other guests at the party play a trick on her as they are not her true friends she finds herself locked in a cupboard where the magic dust stars working and the following morning Jenna wakes up to find she is now 30, rich and beautiful.

                  Jenna is shocked at what has happened and thinks that it is a dream. She is even more shocked when she finds a naked man in her bathroom, she runs from her apartment and soon finds her 'friend' has got her into a taxi and they are off to work.; The shock is even more for Jenna when she finds out she is an editor of a major magazine and soon finds herself quite liking this life.

                  Jenna soon realises she needs to find her friend matt to see if he can help her but when she tracks him down he does not believe what he is being told and tells Jenna that they have not been friends for such a long time and that he is getting married in 2 weeks. Jenna is shocked by this and wants to find out what she is really like now she is 30.

                  Will Jenna like the 30 year old her or will she wish to be 13 again so she can make her life turn out differently?

                  My first impressions of this film are that this is a modern day take on the Tom Hanks film Big! I have to say it was very watch able and did not take much brain power to follow but I think it could have been much better if they came up with their own storyline or at least changed the outcome from the film Big.

                  The role of Jenna was played by Jennifer Garner and I thought she did a wonderful job of portraying a 13 year old with the body of a 30 year old and managed to bring a lot of humour to the role. I love it when she was with her boyfriend at his apartment thinking she had gone over to play games and then he started doing a supposedly sexy dance for her, she put across her vulnerability and childishness extremely well. Mark Ruffalo played the role of Matt and I again think that he did a super job and the chemistry between him and Jenna was great and came across in a good way on the screen. There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in the film and they all added their own takes on their roles which gave the film and story a little more depth with the variety of characters.

                  The setting for the starts of the film was the mid 1980's and I did find the outfits extremely funny and the settings were all very realistic and well done. The majority of the film was set in present day America so not much thought was need for the settings and scenery. The music in the film was very good, although now I cannot remember very many of the tracks except for Michael Jackson's Thriller which was used for a very funny dance routine, I did find I was singing and humming along to a lot of the songs.

                  The DVD which I have does have a lot of bonus material which includes:-

                  Director's Commentary
                  Producers Commentary
                  Photo Montage
                  Blooper Reel
                  'I was a teenage Geek' Featurettes
                  The making of a Teen Dream; Another take Featurettes
                  Deleted Scenes
                  Theatrical Trailer
                  Pat Benatar's 'Love Is a Battlefield' Music Video
                  Rick Springfield's 'Jessie's Girl' Music Video

                  Personally for me the film was not good enough to warrant me watching these and anyway I have no interest in them regardless of how good the film is!

                  The running time of this film is 1 hour an d34 minutes which I found to be just long enough and the certificate is a 12 as there are moderate sex and drug references but I think this may be a bit high as I cannot remember actually seeing any drug references and the sex reference was extremely funny and not offensive at all. I paid just £3 for this film in Tesco and I am quite glad I did not pay more.

                  I am going to recommend this film as it does have some good acting and good music but there is not much difference between this and the old film 'Big'

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                    A hilarious film that is well worth watching!

                    13 going on 30 really is an excellent film and one that I didn't really know what to expect when I got it. The film is very much a comedy and it really is great fun to watch. The tagline is "A comedy for the kid in all of us" which is ideal for this film that I really felt was great entertainment. I thought that it was universal in its appeal because it can be liked by both young and older people. The film features Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo amongst others great actors who I thought delivered a superb performance in this film making it well worth seeing. I think that the entertainment value of this film is enough to make it worth getting and so would really recommend it.

                    The filmis about a teen girl who suddenly manages to go from being a geek to a beautiful women. She used to be a 13 year old geeky girl but becomes a 30 year old beautiful women all over night! She gets everything she's ever wanted however, she needs to find the girl inside herself to win her true love. It's a great story line and I really did find it entertaining to watch.

                    I really did like the idea and admired how thee film shows the contrast between age and lifestyle. Overall I thought that it was really well produced and a real pleasure to watch. It is full of entertainment and comedy that really did have me laughing. I also thought that the soundtrack fitted in well with the film. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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                      Easy to watch, average film.

                      I love body-swap/time-travel comedies. I just think that is such a good premise, that a film would have to fail miserably not to make something funny with it.

                      In 13 Going on 30, Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen) is a young girl growing up in the 80s.
                      Feeling mal-adjusted at school, despite the support and encouragement of her best friend Matty (Sean Marquette), she wishes she could be part of the Six Chicks, the local in-crowd led by Tom-Tom (Alexandra Kyle).
                      She dreams of being older and becoming a successful, sophisticated adult like the ones featured in her favourite magazine "Poise".

                      On her 13th birthday, she gets the Six Chicks to attend her party, bringing all the cool guys (and Jenna's crush) with them.
                      Jenna is very excited, thinking that they are starting to like and accept her, but they have only come to play a cruel prank on her instead.
                      Feeling humiliated, Jenna blames Matty and hides away, ardently wishing that she was 30.

                      When she next wakes up, she is stunned to see herself in a fully-grown body, in a strange house away from her family. She is taken to work by a friend and co-worker named Lucy (Judy Greer), and finds out that she has become an editor at "Poise".

                      Not knowing what to make of the whole situation, she reaches out to Matty, now Matt (and played by Mark Ruffalo), expecting his help in dealing with her predicament, only to find out that he no longer is her friend and has not been since her 13th birthday.
                      Matt tells her that she did manage to became a Six Chick, and that Tom-Tom is now her friend and colleague Lucy.

                      So Jenna finds herself aged 30, in the 21th Century, and with a life she does not recognise. As she learns about who she is now, she begins to question the path she has taken and the person she has become.

                      The performances vary in quality:

                      Andy Serkis played the flustered "Poise" editor-in-chief, who at times resembles David Brent after a caffeine binge.

                      Jennifer Garner does a good job of being teenage Jenna in an adult world, although she actually acts more childish than Christa B. Allen's 13-year-old Jenna.

                      Mark Ruffalo is the acting low point. He just seems totally disengaged from the story, and his morose Matt is the opposite of Sean Marquette's puppy-like eagerness and enthusiasm.
                      At first I thought it was on purpose, that he was playing the character that way because Jenna's rejection had hurt him so deeply that it had taken away his innocence, turning him into a cynic.
                      But he remained the same throughout the film, even as Matt and Jenna re-connected as the story progressed.
                      One gets the feeling he was just going through the motions.

                      The best part of the film was the 1980s scenes. The young actors chosen to play the main characters were outstanding.
                      Christa B. Allen is believeble as a younger Jennifer Garner (so much so that she played her again in Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past).

                      Sean Marquette looks nothing, and I mean NO-thing, like Mark Ruffalo, but he did a great job as a boy who dotes on his girl friend. I reckon the casting director just picked the best actor they could find, despite the lack of resemblance.

                      But the highlight of the whole film was Alexandra Kyle, who played the young Lucy. Not only was she outstanding as the head mean girl, she also had an uncanny resemblance to Judy Greer, who played the adult Lucy. Great casting.

                      The film features a good soundtrack, with several of the 80s greatest hits such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield".

                      This is an easy, pleasant film to watch, although it is not exciting and does not fire the imagination.
                      Also, they could have skipped the gimmicky group dance gag.

                      What I liked the least about the film was Lucy's betrayal. It's such a frequent "twist" that girlfriends will eventually backstab each other that it should be time for more positive portrayals of female friendships.
                      It almost makes me want to re-rate my The Sweetest Thing review and give it an extra star, since those 3 hapless souls at least managed to remain supportive of each other until the end. Almost.

                      All in all, it's a nice film, and it's worth a watch, if you
                      haven't already seen it.

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                      Jennifer Garner glows like a rising star in 13 Going on 30, a girly version of the Tom Hanks classic Big. Jenna (Garner, Alias, Daredevil), a frustrated teenage girl, just wants to skip past all those annoying adolescent years and arrive at a glamorous adulthood--and thanks to some inexplicable wishing dust, she does. But once she re-orients herself to a life as a high-end magazine editor with a sports-star boyfriend, she discovers that in the 17 years she skipped she became a not-so-nice person, including casting aside her best friend Matt (played as an adult by Mark Ruffalo, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). There's no question that Jenna will rediscover her lost innocence, but Garner rises above the lack of suspense. 13 Going on 30 floats along, buoyed by her goofy sweetness. Her lovely looks are made accessible by her unfettered silliness; it's a winning combination. --Bret Fetzer