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13 Going on 30 (2004)



Critic Consensus: Although the plot leaves a lot to be desired, 13 Going on 30 will tug at your inner teenager's heartstrings thanks in large part to a dazzling performance from Jennifer Garner.

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Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner. Humiliated, Jenna buries herself in the aforementioned make-out closet, wishing she could skip the whole adolescence bit and move straight into adulthood, and miraculously wakes up just weeks away from her 30th birthday. Of course, a lot has changed since going to bed the night before, not the least of which being an impressive set of womanly curves. The new, older Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is a successful magazine editor with friends in high places and a lion's share of potential suitors -- including a hockey-playing boyfriend and a swarthy married man. The problem is that her mind hasn't matured with her body; Jenna not only finds living on her own more terrifying than cool, but is quick to dismiss any male over the age of 14 as "gross." Half excited, half mortified, Jenna seeks out Matt (Mark Ruffalo), whom she learns she had spurned as a teenager in an effort to join the popular crowd. Gary Winick directed the film, from a script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa; Gina Matthews produced. Choreographer Michael Peters -- who died in 1994 -- received posthumous credit, as his choreography from the Michael Jackson Thriller video is used in one scene. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Jennifer Garner
as Jenna Rink
Mark Ruffalo
as Matt Flamhaff
Christa B. Allen
as Young Jenna
Sean Marquette
as Young Matt
Andy Serkis
as Richard
Samuel Ball
as Alex Carlson
Kathy Baker
as Beverly Rink
Phil Reeves
as Wayne Rink
Kiersten Warren
as Trish Sackett
Alexandra Kyle
as Young Tom-Tom
Alex Black
as Young Christopher Grandy
Joe Grifasi
as Mr. Flamhaff
Mary Pat Gleason
as Mrs. Flamhaff
Susan Egan
as Tracy Hansen
Merris Carden
as Veronica
Courtney Chase
as Stella Lohmann
John W. Grant
as Band Leader
Bill Kotsatos
as Photo Shoot Grip
Justin Burke
as 13-Year-Old Boy
Ashley Benson
as Six Chicks
Brittany Curran
as Six Chicks
Melody Krell
as Magazine Staffer
Brie Larson
as Six Chick
Megan Lusk
as Six Chick
Julia Roth
as Six Chicks
Luis Pedron
as Matt's Photo Assitant
Jeffrey Shane Cohn
as Grandy's Friend
George Hine
as Grandy's Friend
James Pomichter
as Guy Hit by Shrimp
Ian Barford
as Pete Hanson
Benita Krista Nall
as Waitress at Party
Brad Tiemann
as Magazine Staffer
Catherine Combs
as Catherine
Jim Gaffigan
as Chris Grandy
Corena Chase
as Poise Employee
Crystal Michelle
as Poise Secretary
Shambo Pfaff
as Band Member
Fabrice Calmettes
as Band Member
Eron Otcasek
as Band Member
Kevin D. White
as Yearbook Photographer
Kevin Stea
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for 13 Going on 30

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (50)

A few laughs, but the premise is not developed with much comic flair.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Apart from the moment when Garner unselfconsciously flirts with a 13-year-old boy, the film is pretty much devoid of comic spark, and though it seems to have sweet intentions, it keeps sending mixed messages.

March 25, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Touching and hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

August 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Yes, it's just a female version of "Big," and yes, the story is fairly disposable, but gosh if Garner doesn't somehow pull it off.

February 27, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

With its '80s references, it's basically calorie-lite escapism for those who are 30 going on 13 and want to see nice girls get Mark Ruffalo and bad girls wear Chanel and edit Vogue.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Hypocritically smears the very mascara it wears.

May 3, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 13 Going on 30

Just one of those delightful wish-fulfillment fantasies that you gotta watch when it comes on TBS. The "Big" concept + time travel is much more palatable, with Jenna already having a real adult life, rife with sordid history that she must "A Christmas Carol" her way out of. Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are both so sweet and adorkable that you'll want to smash all the dollhouses.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

...going on zero. I don't know whether it's more annoying watching a rom-com featuring an an immature main character with attention deficit, or suffering through a preposterous premise that no one even tries to explain. Garner was grating; Ruffalo was almost a prop. There's just not much to like unless you regularly fantasize about falling in love with someone unstable.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Love this movie. Actually think I enjoy it more everytime I see it. Has a bit of everything in it. 80's flashbacks, and just a really sweet little story.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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