13 Going On 30

2006-03-30 12:33

For most people, 13 feels like it was just yesterday - for Jenna Rink it was.

It is 1987 and Jenna is a 13-year-old girl on the brink of womanhood - but adulthood is just not arriving fast enough. She's suffocated by her dorky parents and ignored by the hip kids in school. No longer content to spend time only with her best friend Matt, Jenna invites the cool crowd to her 13th birthday party. But the party is a disaster. Jenna is humiliated when she's locked in the closet for a game of "Seven Minutes in Heaven" and everyone deserts her.

Alone in the closet, Jenna makes an earnest wish. If only she could be all grown up, she'd have the life she's always wanted. Miraculously, her wish comes true.

The next day, when Jenna emerges from the closet, it's 2004 and she's a gorgeous successful 30-year old woman (Jennifer Garner) with a great job and a fabulous apartment. She is finally cool and popular. The only hitch? She has absolutely no idea how she got there.

Initially frightened but gradually enchanted by her new life, Jenna soon realizes there's something missing - Matt. When she looks him up, she is horrified to discover that she and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) are no longer in contact and he is engaged to be married.

Jenna learns that having it all is not enough and decides to take a second chance at first love. Now her biggest wish is that it's not too late.

What the critics are saying:

"There are so many emotional and sexual puzzles to tap-dance around, this should have been a musical."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"While essentially a retread of Big, what keeps this body-switch comedy going is the director's love for actors, and his refusal to judge them by the characters they play."
- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"As fantasy-formulaic as 13 Going on 30 is, writers Josh Goldmith and Cathy Yuspa ... haven't bothered to work out the sort of details that transport us too."
- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

Jennifer Garner treads familiar ground in this sweet tale about an unhappy 13-year-old who is miraculously transformed into gorgeous, successful 30-year-old.

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