13 Going on 30

Published March 11, 2023

13 Going on 30

Film info

  • Title 13 Going on 30
  • Director Gary Winick
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 1hr 38m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Tagline For some, 13 feels like it was just yesterday. For Jenna, it was.

Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo star in this hilarious flash-forward romance about a pre-teen girl who goes from geek to glamorous. With the help of some magic wishing dust, 13-year-old Jenna Rink becomes 30 and gorgeous overnight, with everything she ever wanted, except for her best friend Matt. Now, this grown woman must create some magic of her own to help the little girl inside find the true love she left behind.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:46 School photos are the worst.
4:07 “I don’t want to be original, I want to be cool.”
6:27 Wow, she knows the whole Thriller dance! Jel.
11:29 The tunes so far have been epic. I kinda just want to stay at this party.
22:29 It’s weird to see Andy Serkis in this context.
28:09 I don’t like it if it’s called ‘your crowd.’
32:56 Wow, her party outfit looks like Romy and/or Michelle.
36:45 “You are rude and mean and sloppy and frizzy. I don’t like you at all.”
45:11 Anchorperson.
47:00 That tank is not big enough for that shark.
56:15 The dream house! Oh no!
1:07:58 I think I must always have been old, I’d never have jumped off a swing.
1:12:17 “I’m not trying to compliment you, I’m pressuring you.”
1:23:12 I hope J-Lo gets a credit for this film, she’s in it more than Gruffalo!
1:30:45 Really coveting the doll’s house with the MTV TV in it.


The trouble with not watching many films is that it puts pressure on the ones you do watch to be good - I was expecting this to be pretty bad, considering it’s a clear rip-off of Big and the trailer looked fun in a messy way. It was actually brilliant! Yes, there is the obvious Big comparison, although this one is about the choices you make rather than just the fact that being an adult sucks.

But everything else was brilliant. Jennifer Garner was great and I love the Gruffalo more than ever. The uplifting stuff was great, the drama side was limited, but more than anything, the music and soundtrack was incredible. A real fun-filled 90 minutes.

Rating: 5 / 5

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