13 going on 30-a childhood throwback
13 going on 30 is a classic early 2000’s film, 90’s kids can all reminisce on. is a 2004 American fantasy romantic comedy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, directed by Gary Winick, and starring Jennifer Garner. It follows a 13-year-old girl who dreams of being popular. During her birthday party, she is humiliated by her classmates and wishes that she was 30 years old. When she eventually does emerge, she finds herself suddenly 30 years old and in 2004, uncertain how she got there.
While by no means an original film, it’s a film with a lot of heart and passion especially from the performances. Something like Mean Girls or Vice Versa, is honestly better, but that doesn’t make this bad at all, it just feels a little rushed in comparison. The rushed pacing actually made me kind of appreciate how easy it was to watch. It’s a pretty well done film for the most part, even though it might not blow your mind or anything.
Criminally underrated film. Better than most other teen films out there. Jennifer Garner sells the title splendidly and Mark Ruffalo is as assured as ever. A definite watch on a relaxing day or when you’re down in the dumps. Some of the costumes and fashion choices in this movie were to die for, a few amazing throwback moments from Micheal Jackson’s ‘thriller’ to Madonna. A little corny but just the perfect amount to make it seemingly emotional and relatable. Jennifer Garner does a great job playing Jenna Rink, and did not doubt the 13 year old her in a body of a 30 year old for one moment. Although some parts of the movie were a little over the board and childish, it’s still an enjoyable movie with one of my favorite soundtracks. Easy, relaxing and entertaining watch for when you’re feeling a little down.
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