- Gary Winick,
- Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa,
- Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Christa Brittany Allen, Sean Marquette, Susan Egan,
- After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. With a little magic, her wish is granted, but it turns out that being thirty isn't as always as awesome as she thought it would be!
Isn't the best romantic comedy one might wish for, but it's more than good enough.
The performances give the movie more flavor and life than the situation does; it often feels like prechewed Bubble Yum.
Retreads a well-worn premise (Freaky Friday, Big) but the formula works, thanks in large part to star Jennifer Garner, who's so radiant theaters should be stocking sunblock.
Director Gary Winick serves up enough giddy fun that it's easy to turn a blind eye to the film's skewed sense of time and minor anachronisms.
If "13 Going on 30" isn't exactly original, it's still reasonably cool.
While 13 Going on 30 is too formulaic to sustain the delicacy of emotion that gave "Big" its appeal, it has tour-de-farce moments that made screenwriters Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa's "What Women Want" such a monster hit.
The best thing about 13 Going on 30 is that an ever-game Jennifer Garner is cheerfully convincing as a 13-year-old in a 30-year-old body. The worst thing is the feeling we've seen this movie before, done better.
Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.
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