13 Going on 30

Directed By: Gary Winick Starring: Jennifer Garner Mark Ruffalo

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On her 13th birthday, jenna's only wish is to get older and fast. When she wakes up the next morning, she's 30 years old, a successful magazine editor with a live-in boyfriend! Jenna tracks down matt(her best friend when she was younger) to try and figure out what has happened.


Studio Sony
SKU 202106641
UPC 043396134119
UPC 14 00043396134119
Format DVD
Release Date 6/6/2006
Rating Rating
Kids Adventure
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After Jenna Rink's 13th birthday party where her friend Lucy plays a cruel prank on her, she promptly makes a wish that she could skip adolescence and be 30. With the help of some wish dust given to her by her unpopular best friend Matty, her wish comes true. She wakes up to find that her 13-year-old self is now inhabiting the body--and life--of a 30-year-old, high-powered, New York magazine editor. Frightened by her new adult life, Jenna (Jennifer Garner) seeks the help of Matty (Mark Ruffalo), but he hasn't spoken to her since high school. Unfortunately, as she uncovers the details of the time she skipped, she learns that perhaps she hasn't made the best decisions. ^Similar to the 1988 Tom Hanks vehicle BIG, 13 GOING ON 30 benefits from the undeniable appeal of Garner, who amusingly exudes the awkwardness and energy of a teenager. Meanwhile copious '80s pop culture references, an energetic soundtrack, and vibrant colors provide instant, foolproof nostalgia. Director Gary Winick (TADPOLE) has crafted an undeniably fun picture for any age or gender.
New York Times "Any movie that telegraphs its fondness for its cast automatically has something going for it that is rare in contemporary comedy..." 04/23/2004 p.E13
Los Angeles Times "Garner has moxie to go with her jumping muscles. She also has expert support in her equally attractive costars Mark Ruffalo, as her former neighbor, and Judy Greer, as her current sidekick." 04/23/2004 p.C1
Entertainment Weekly "Move over, Julia Roberts. Jennifer Garner has a smile that's a big, lush, wide-screen dazzler....13 GOING ON 30 is the rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies." 05/01/2004 p.138-9
USA Today "Talented at physical comedy, Garner has the all-elbows-and-knees feel of an adolescent and effectively conveys a goofy innocence." 05/07/2004 p.9E
Sight and Sound "A winsome fairy tale about growing up too fast..." 09/01/2004 p.89-90
Uncut "[I]t has a few shrewdly funny scenes....You'll chuckle..." 09/01/2004 p.128
Rolling Stone "[S]urprisingly smart and sharp..." 02/23/2006 p.74
Gary Winick
Jennifer Garner
Mark Ruffalo
Cast & Crew
Andy Serkis - Actor
Don Burgess - Cinematographer
Garreth Stover - Production Designer
Gary Winick - Director
Jennifer Garner - Actor
Josh Goldsmith, et. al. - Writer
Judy Greer - Actor
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Susan Arnold, et. al. - Producer
Susan Littenberg - Editor
Theodore Shapiro, et. al. - Original Music By
Todd Garner, et. al. - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 13411
UPC 00043396134119
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
MTV Award (2005) Jennifer Garner & Mark Ruffalo, Nominee, Best Musical Performance
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review There's something irresistible about a displaced consciousness story, whether it's an adult occupying the body of a child, a child occupying the body of an adult, or a gender switch. 13 Going on 30 belongs to the same sub-genre as Big, although many of the particulars are different. As films of this sort go, this one is solidly entertaining. It requires that the viewer exhibit a fair amount of willing suspension of disbelief, but buying into the essential premise is more than half the battle. Accept the magic that transports the mind of a 13-year old girl into the future body of her 30-year old self, and little else that director Gary Winick throws out will be difficult to swallow.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review I think 13 Going on 30 blows it at the finish, but most people won't think so. Romantic comedies have certain rules, which surely limited the filmmakers' options. Still, there's something intriguing in this movie's premise that cries out for more serious treatment, if not here, then somewhere else. Just as Fail-Safe was a dramatic version of Dr. Strangelove, a dramatic version of 13 Going on 30' would be welcome.
Reviewer Mick Lasalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Jennifer Garner is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in 13 Going on 30, another one of those body switch movies (think Big, Vice Versa, Freaky Friday, etc.) in which a child magically occupies an adult body. The director, Gary Winick, came out of Sundance with Tadpole (2003), a movie in which a 16-year-old boy was seduced by a 40-year-old woman, and some of us wondered how well that plot would have worked with a 16-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man. Now Winick finds out, by supplying a 13-year-old girl with a 30-year-old body and a boyfriend who's a professional hockey star. Their big makeout scene goes wrong when she thinks he's "gross," and we fade to black, mercifully, before we find out what happens then. Can you be guilty of statutory rape caused by magical body-switching?
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Garner,Jennifer
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News An unexpected pleasure, a buoyant comedy that will make you feel young again.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
Peter Debruge, Premiere Nearly perfect in its own cotton-candy way.

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