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"13 GOING ON 30"
(2004) (Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo) (PG-13)

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Comedy: After wishing to be an adult, a 13-year-old girl awakens the next day and seventeen years later to find herself in her 30-year-old body.
It's 1987 and Jenna Rink (CHRISTA B. ALLEN) is a typical 13-year-old who can't wait to grow up. Although she's good friends with her next-door neighbor, Matt Flamhaff (SEAN MARQUETTE), she really wants to be part of the most popular school clique, the Six Chick Group. When they ditch her, she lashes out at Matt, and as wishing dust sprinkles down onto her, dreams of being a thirty-year-old.

The next day, Jenna (JENNIFER GARNER) discovers to her shock that her wish came true. Not only is she now in her 30-year-old body, but the year is 2004, and she's dating Alex Carlson (SAMUEL BALL), a New York Ranger. She's also an editor at Poise Magazine with the now grown-up former leader of the Six Chick Group, Lucy Wyman (JUDY GREER), with both working for boss Richard Kneeland (ANDY SERKIS).

Trying to take all of this in while faking that she's a poised, 30-year-old professional, Jenna has her assistant, Arlene (MARCIA DeBONIS), try to find Matt for an explanation of what's occurred.

She eventually does, but Matt (MARK RUFFALO) isn't exactly pleased to see Jenna. After questioning her odd behavior, he reminds her that they grew apart in school and went their own ways, with him becoming an engaged photographer and she a pushy woman that no one likes.

As she tries to process all of this new information, Jenna tries to save her floundering magazine all while finding herself falling for Matt and trying to act like a 30-year-old.

Girls in their early teens as well as those who are fans of Garner or anyone else in the cast may be interested in it.
For some sexual content and brief drug references.
  • JENNIFER GARNER plays a 13-year-old who suddenly finds herself in the future in her 30-year-old body. She tries to fit in, figure out what's happened and change how others view her adult self, all while finding herself falling for Matt. She drinks some while in her adult body.
  • MARK RUFFALO plays her former childhood friend whom she contacts after her transformation. A laidback and engaged photographer, he thinks she's crazy at first but then finds himself falling for her.
  • JUDY GREER plays their former childhood acquaintance who returns to her mean, childhood ways by sabotaging Jenna. She drinks some.
  • ANDY SERKIS plays their apparently gay boss who runs the magazine.
  • SAMUEL BALL plays a professional hockey player who Jenna discovers is her sleepover boyfriend.
  • MARCIA DeBONIS plays Jenna's personal assistant who's afraid of her at first, but then warms up to her new self.
  • CHRISTA B. ALLEN plays Jenna as a teen who wants nothing more than to be an adult and acts meanly toward Matt who young Lucy and her clique ditch her.
  • SEAN MARQUETTE plays young Matt who tries to be a good friend to her.


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    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "s" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are present. Some sexually related dialogue (about adults and young teens) is present, while the 13-year-old in the 30-year-old body discovers that she has a sleepover boyfriend who comes on to her several times (all played for laughs). She's seen in her small nightgown several times and a guy dances for her in just his small briefs, while a supporting character is briefly noted as being gay.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while several characters drink and some drinking and drug-related comments are made. Meanwhile, a woman strikes an adulterous man and he bends over in pain.

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  • Young Lucy tells her friends that she got her brother to buy them some beer (not seen).
  • Based on the way Jenna is acting, Lucy tells her, "You drink too much." She later says that Jenna is hung-over.
  • Jenna reads a signed photo from Madonna that reads, "Margaritas anytime."
  • Matt is surprised to see Jenna, and due to the way she's acting, asks her if she's high, smoking pot, taking ecstasy and other drug-related questions.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks, as do Lucy and Jenna, the latter who's having her second piņa colada.
  • Richard has a drink.
  • Jenna and Lucy have drinks.
  • Lucy tells Jenna that a guy is "totally scamming on you right now," but Jenna (being a 13-year-old) thinks she's talking about a boy her age and goes over and talks to him (looking like an adult). As a result, Lucy pulls her away and says, "No more daiquiris for you tonight."
  • We see wine in front of Jenna and Alex.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • Lucy makes a pitch for the new version of Poise saying it will be about "heroin chic."
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • None.
  • Young Lucy calls young Matt "Beaver" (presumably due to his teeth) and then does so again when they're adults.
  • Young Jenna acts in a mean manner toward young Matt in order to try to fit in with young Lucy and her clique.
  • Young Lucy and her friends set up Jenna for disappointment and then ditch her, all as a mean joke on her.
  • A competing editor has a condescending attitude toward Jenna and Lucy.
  • A coworker's husband kisses Jenna and suggests they've been having an affair.
  • Matt briefly kisses Jenna on the ground at night (despite just days away from getting married to someone else).
  • Lucy snoops through Jenna's office, lies to Matt about the magazine's plans and then steals Jenna's work and sells it to a rival magazine.
  • None.
  • None.
  • Phrases: "That's total bullsh*t," "Move it, dorkus," "Chick" (girl), "Freakazoid," "Totally up our butts" (on our case), "Creep," "Fabuloso," "Sorry, beef head," "Freak," "Robot," "Loser," "Sweet bottom" (what Jenna's boyfriend calls her), "I don't care if you have to grab him by the testicles (what Lucy is heard saying on the phone), "I'm a tough bitch," "Oh jeez," "You back biting little bitch," "You pretentious, conniving snake," "Balls" (testicles), "I'm really freaking out" and "Beyotch" (bitch).
  • We see that young Jenna has stuffed tissue down the front of her shirt (to make her bust seem bigger).
  • Young Jenna wears a midriff-revealing top and does the same latter as an adult.
  • At party, Jenna bites into a shrimp and nonchalantly tosses the tail behind her. She then tosses a slice of pineapple from her drink in the same fashion.
  • Adult Jenna and Matt jump from a swing set to see who can fly the farthest.
  • None.
  • None.
  • Lyrics in a Rick Springfield song state, "She loving him with that body and I just know it."
  • At least 1 "s" word, 2 slang terms for male genitals ("thingy"), 1 for breasts ("boobs"), 1 ass, 4 uses of "God," 3 of "Oh my God," 2 of "Oh God" and 1 use of "Holy Christ."
  • We see that young Jenna has stuffed tissue down the front of her shirt (to make her bust seem bigger).
  • Young Matt points out small pictures of himself, Jenna and Rick Springfield. He states that he's there to make sure Springfield keeps his hands to himself.
  • Young Lucy sets up young Jenna for a game of "7 minutes of heaven" where she tells Jenna to go into the closet where a guy will join her and "do whatever he wants to you." Jenna hopes it's Chris and Lucy states that he "loves going for second base" (prompting Jenna to pull the tissue from inside the front of her shirt). As Jenna waits in the closet, however, everyone leaves (as a joke on Jenna).
  • We see the now adult Jenna (with her 13-year-old self inside) in a small nightgown. She then sees Alex in her place who's wearing just a towel around his waist. He goes into the bathroom and she checks herself out, putting her hands on her own clothed breasts (being surprised to have them) and shows some cleavage. She then approaches the shower and Alex comes back out in his towel. She's scared and shocked and says, "You're naked." As he says not yet and whips off his towel, the umbrella she's carrying opens, thus blocking our view of his full nudity. He then repeatedly calls her "sweet bottom."
  • Jenna tells Lucy (in shock about the above scene), "I saw his thingy," prompting Lucy to reply sarcastically, "Oh God, his thingy."
  • We see Jenna still in her small nightgown at work (wearing a coat over it).
  • Jenna curiously examines a pair of her thong panties (having never seen anything like them before as a 13-year-old) and then shows some cleavage in her party dress. A girl in the elevator then comments on Jenna's dress being nice, with Jenna enthusiastically responding that it's because "I've got these incredible boobs to fill it out" (as she scrunches them together).
  • The camera briefly focuses on a woman's clothed butt.
  • Jenna refers to the guy in her place as the "naked guy" and a comment is made that he's a New York Ranger "with the best ass."
  • Jenna shows some cleavage.
  • Jenna wonders if Alex has any games at his place. Once there, she asks if he has Battleship and he suggestively says he does and adds, "Let me show you my destroyer."
  • Alex starts kissing on Jenna's ears, but since she's a 13-year-old who's not used to that, she giggles and makes him stop. He then says that he owes her a striptease and gets up. He then starts dancing to some music and then removes his shirt and then his pants, leaving him in just his small briefs (she's shocked and embarrassed). She then tells him, "Put it away" (but we don't see what she's referring to).
  • A story pitch is made for the magazine about "57 ways to have an orgasm," while another one is "He loves you - he loves your butt."
  • Jenna reads a note from Alex that reads something along the lines of "Sweet bottom, you seem so uptight. Let me come over and give you my..." but she stops reading it and crinkles up the note. A coworker's husband then comes into her office and plants a kiss on her. She's shocked and says he's married, but he replies that that didn't stop them from rattling the desk drawers last week and then tells her to lay down and take a memo (she kicks him instead).
  • Matt briefly kisses Jenna on the ground at night (despite being just days away from getting married to someone else).
  • A girl with braces tells adult Jenna that guys don't want to "jump you" when you have a metal mouth.
  • Jenna shows some cleavage, as does Wendy later.
  • Richard talks about his business predicament being like a dominatrix having his "balls" in a vise.
  • Richard asks Jenna is Matt is gay. Jenna then asks if Richard is and he just laughs (indicating he is).
  • Lyrics in a Rick Springfield song state, "She loving him with that body and I just know it."
  • Lucy holds a cigarette and prepares to light it, but never does.
  • We hear that adult Jenna is not close to her parents, but she then makes up for that as the 13-year-old in her body.
  • Kids who want to be adults as fast as possible.
  • Being so ambitious and wanting to be popular that you alienate friends and make others not like you.
  • We see that young Jenna has stuffed tissue down the front of her shirt (to make her bust seem bigger).
  • The comment that we need to remember what used to be good and that if we don't, we won't recognize it when it comes along.
  • Jenna falls back over a small divider wall and falls to the floor (slapstick style) when she catches sight of her adult self in the mirror.
  • We see the silhouette of Jenna kicking or kneeing an adulterous guy (and he bends over in pain).
  • Lucy knocks things off a desk while mad.

  • Reviewed April 7, 2004 / Posted April 23, 2004

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