13 Going on 30

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2004


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Gary Winick
13 Going On 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film by director Gary Winick, starring Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Serkis, and Kathy Baker in a light-hearted tale of second chances and true love. When unpopular 13-year-old Jenna Rink makes a special birthday wish to be '30, flirty, and thriving,"the last thing she expects is for it to come true! But sure enough, Jenna (Jennifer Garner) wakes up as a 30-year-old woman living in a Fifth Avenue Apartment and working for the glamorous Poise magazine. Her best friend is Lucy Wyman (Judy Greer), the former most popular girl at school, and everything seems perfect. But what happened to her old best friend, Matt Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo)? As Jenna discovers more and more about the woman she has become, she starts to realize that maybe the girl she was wasn't so bad after all. In a modern take on the age-old adage that 'the grass is always greener on the other side,' 13 Going On 30 will have audiences laughin and rooting for the lovable Jenna from start to finish.moreless


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  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A star vehicle composed of second-hand parts that nevertheless gets great mileage (and big laughs) from its recycled plot.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The performances give the movie more flavor and life than the situation does; it often feels like prechewed Bubble Yum.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The plot hinges on Jenna's horrified realization that her adult self is a witch, but 13 Going On 30 -- works foremost as a vehicle for its rising star.

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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance